Art science collaborations are the new black

A decade of residencies through ANAT's Synapse scholarships has changed the way art and science collaborate.
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Still from Erica Seccombe’s project Grow produced during a Synapse residency.

One of the successes of this year’s Vivid Festival was its program of thought-provoking panel discussions that charted new territories within the intersections of art, technology and design.

One such talk took the topic of artist residencies within science fields, which is charting a new frontier for collaboration as Director of the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) and panel chair, Vicki Sowry, said: ‘It is the kind of new black.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina