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Synapse 2 Residencies


In its second year of managing the residencies, ANAT called for expressions of interest from science organisations within Australia interested in hosting an artist for a three-month period. The call then went out for artists to apply to be resident within the selected host organisations. Two residencies were supported:

Gregory Pryor + the Division of Sustainable Ecosystems, CSIRO (WA)
Grain of Night is a collaboration between artist Gregory Pryor and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in Western Australia, generously supported by International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia (IASKA). The residency focused on work done in the Wallatin Catchment area around Kellerberrin in Western Australia’s wheat belt. Kellerberrin is just over 200 kilometres east of Perth. CSIRO focuses on the on-going sustainable management of Australia’s landscapes, environments and communities.

Rachel Peachey & Paul Mosig + the Department of Archeology and Natural History, Australian National University (ACT)
Paul Mosig and Rachel Peachey (AKA The Contextual Villains) spent 3 months working with the Department of Archaeology & Natural History at the Australian National University. Paul & Rachel proposed to use creative methods to mimic the scientific process used by Palaeoecologists. They worked in the field to collect samples, worked with microscopes to investigate the samples and background research. The Australian National Universities major research focus is human-environment interaction through time.

Synapse Residencies place Australian artists into science and research settings to pursue collaborative projects with benefits accruing to both the resident and the host organisation. The residency program is managed by ANAT and is a major component of the Australia Council’s Synapse Art and Science Initiative. Delivered in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts