Artsweek 2019

Science is art

SciArt Mural Project

Communicating science research through art

Science is art

T3W4, TUE OCT 8 - FRI OCT 11

Turn our Campus into your Canvas

Artsweek turns UNSW's Kensington campus into a creative stomping ground for up and coming artists looking to showcase their work as well as all students looking for an opportunity to flex their creative muscles and collaborate on artistic projects. 

Dive into a SciArt world during Artsweek 2019! This year we are aiming to communicate science through art.

Artsweek 2019 is all about collaborating across disciplines. Art can be used to communicate many things, and to encourage involvement from a diverse range of backgrounds, we are using it to communicate our scientific curiosity. We aim to educate and inspire during Artsweek 2019 with unique installations, events, and workshops that focus on the theme "science is art."  

Checkout the Artsweek Schedule!

Pop-Up Gallery Exhibit

Stop by our pop-up gallery in the Quad and check out the sculptures, paintings and drawings submitted by UNSW students.

Launch Party!

Don't miss the epic launch party with official opening of the pop-up gallery, Sci Art talks, DIY experiments, performance pieces, skeleton selfies paella and dry-iced ice-cream


Live Painting

Watch our artists colour your campus live as they pop up around the Quad during Artsweek

Sci Art Talks

Hear from scientists and experts in the field who share their groundbreaking research and how they are communicating them through beautiful art projects.

Watercolour Workshop

Be inspired by the whimsical art of Lauren Squires, an Australian doctor and artist who uses watercolor to depict the human anatomy. Create your own anatomical masterpiece or color in the lines of some of Lauren’s linework with watercolor paints. Take hom

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Terrarium Workshop

Every room needs a splash of green! Get your hands dirty and build your own ecosystem in a jar for the perfect desk accessory at our terrariums workshop hosted by the Producer's at Arc.


Petri dish resin workshop

Resin is an art anyone can make look spectacular! Join us to explore the chemical reactions between resin and ink with BABSOC and leave with a beautiful art specimen in your petri dish.

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Cookie Decorating

Get your hands dirty and decorate your own ocean-themed cookie to bring art to your plate. Make it look as good as it tastes!


Virtual Reality

Learn more about global environments and anatomy through Virtual Reality, bringing you three-dimensional, full immersion sensory experiences with the twist of your head. An art and technology collaboration brings scenery of Russia and anatomical insights


Under the Sea immersive experience

Dive into the underwater world of calming blues and crashing waves in this meditative ocean experience. Sit back on a bean bag and pick up a coloring book while tuning in (or out) to the sounds and visual scape of the sea captured through underwater video


Star Room Meditation

Gaze up at the stars and escape from the hustle and bustle of campus life in our meditative star room. Sit back on a bean bag and pick up a coloring book while tuning in (or out) to the pop-up constellation of starry lights.


Mars Rover Moonscape

Have you ever dreamt of going to the Mars? We are teaming up with BlueSat to bring a Mars Rover to the Quad and giving you the chance to drive it! BlueSat aims to give students real-world experience in space technology projects, chat to them at Artsweek a


Seaweed Pressing Workshop

Get creative by turning marine plants into art. Join marine scientists from UNSW to press seaweeds native to Sydney and learn about their important functions in the ecosystem. Take home your pressed seaweed in W5 to display in your home or give away as a


Cyanotype Workshop

Explore the art of printing through chemical reactions and sunlight! Rachel Honnery is a Sydney-based artist using photography and cyanotypes to communicate the consequences of climate change who will be passing on her tricks of the trade in this beginne


3D Printing Pens Workshop

This is your chance to make 3D art with 3D printing pens! Our Artsweek volunteers will guide you on how to make small pieces of art with the pens and you can go into the draw for a chance to win one! Try them out here first!


Alcohol Ink Art

Create art inspired by the fluidity of alcohol and vibrant inks the color of the cosmos. Our volunteer team will run a workshop on using alcohol and ink to create beautiful patterns that mimic the galaxy. Come challenge yourself in this unique art techni

Free Food

Artistic food giveaways every day at 12PM until we run out

DIY Slime

There's just something about squishing a sticky and gooey mass of sludge between your fingers that helps relive the stress of adulting. Come along and learn about the chemical reactions at play to make a slime you can squish to your heats content.

Bicycle Art

Technology inspires helps to create unique art. We are teaming up with Bikeology to bring you bicycle spin art. Hop on the bike and pedal away to create fun spiral paintings powered by the wheel of the bike.

Smashing Geodes

Come take a whack at some rocks and discover the hidden crystals within. Find the beauty within and take home half of a geode for yourself and give the other half to a friend! Come to this workshop on time to make sure you get a geode.

Add to the Neural Knitwork

Add to our interactive string art display in the quad. Come connect a few dots to fill in the shapes of human organs showing anatomy inspired art. This piece builds upon itself, so come be a part of the art!

Astronomy Jewellrey

Ever wanted to make your own jewelry? Well, Artsweek has you covered. Our team has created astronomy-inspired charms out of recycled materials for you to make your own bracelets or earrings. Not into jewelry? No worries, they make great keychains as well

DIY Stickers

Learn how to master the art of making your own stickers. You can make use of our selection of pre-pritned designs or draw your own from scratch.

Paint your emotions with Arc Wellness

Ever feel excited or happy? What about anxious and stressed? Expressing your emotions in a non-verbal way can be cathartic and clearing to aid healing and processing. Put paint brush to paper and create an artwork of your emotions at Artsweek.

Ocean science art

Natalie Rutkowska's mermaid mural creates awareness for the connection we share with coral reefs.

Astronomy art

Galaxy print re imagined by Hana Kanee in her digital art.

Anatomy art

Whimsical watercolour anatomy by Lauren Squires

Technology art

Our very own art and design student, Samantha Rajasingham's "Digibubble" mural from last Artsweek

SciArt Themes

To help paint the picture of what Artsweek 2019 will look like, we have highlighted four science categories that will be showcased during Artsweek.

1. Ocean Science Art: The ocean is a magical place for both scientists and artists, so it’s no wonder that it will be showcased during Artsweek this year. Ocean science includes anything from biology, marine animal ecology, oceanography, fluid dynamics, water chemistry, and so much more. An example of ocean science art is Natalie Rutkowka's mermaid mural which shows our connection to coral reefs in hopes to create an emotional response to save them!

2. Astronomy art: When you look up in the night sky do you think about the beauty of the stars or are you intrigued by what they are made of? Either question that comes to your mind is a question we’d like to explore in Artsweek. Astronomy includes the study of stars, planets, the solar system, and all things outer space, but it also includes things like the origin of life, the air we breathe, and the particles that make up matter! There’s so much that can be included in astronomy that it literally does not fit in this planet! Galaxy print has been an art trend that relates to this category, with Hana Kanee's version of it in digital art.

3. Anatomy art: The human anatomy has been a reference for both scientists and artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Charles Darwin. Anatomy includes human body systems like the circulatory system, the nervous system, the skeletal system, etc. Anatomy also includes the body structure of animals and the evolution of body parts and functions. A classic example of anatomy art is Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and a more whimsical example is Lauren Squires’ “Almost Anatomical” collections. 

4. Technology art: Last but certainly not least, we give you technology art. Technology has been one of the keys to progressing out society and it has allowed for so many art and science discoveries. Technology includes anything from computer science, design, engineering, architecture, and medicine. There have been countless ways that technology has influenced art such as 3D printing, screen printing, virtual reality, and digital art. Examples of art that speak on technology come from our very own UNSW students like Shamanthi Rajasingham who shows us the distraction caused by our Iphones and Create Project Illuminate, a student-run group who created the Celestial Pancake for Vivid 2019.

What is SciArt and how do we do it?


SciArt = Science + Art

But what does that even mean? Since when did these two worlds fit together?

In the current academic and professional world, we categorize things, put them into boxes that are organized by topic or discipline, and that’s where they sit. That’s basically putting people into boxes or let’s say cubicles, where they sit specializing in their niche. We need experts in all fields, and that’s where this drive to specialization originated from, but we also need generalists or connectors. The real problems in the world are not categorized into boxes; it takes all kinds of experts to join their specialized fields together to solve these real-world problems.

SciArt aims to do that by connecting scientists and artists and by encouraging an interdisciplinary mindset from both. Both fields have been around for centuries and they both have sparked the curiosity of many major players in society’s progress.

It takes all kinds of experts to join their specialized fields together to solve these real-world problems

Science professionals know all too well that the world of publishing their research is competitive and trying, and sometimes we feel that our research has not been communicated properly or to the right audience. Science needs to make a difference and therefore, science communication is key. Art is a language everyone can speak. We can all look at something or experience something creative and feel a connection with the meaning behind the piece. If we all speak art, why don’t we use that language to communicate the hard things? Imagine the outreach that can be achieved when these fields come together.

Art is a language everyone can speak

The University of New South Wales in collaboration with Emerging Creatives of Sydney (ECOS), an up and coming SciArt community, is doing just that. Their most recent project is still in progress on the upper campus. SciArt murals have been created and painted on the Chancellery walk. These murals focus on coral reefs in the face of climate change. Each design was created by an artist with content derived from a scientist’s research topic. Participants include PhD students in marine science at UNSW and University of Newcastle, Sydney-based professional artists, UNSW Art and Design students, and aspiring SciArt communicators.

Over time our oceans have been warming and will continue to do so threatening our coral reefs. As the Great Barrier Reef is such an important Australian icon, many Australians are aware of this issue. However, some don’t know what’s going on and some of those who are educated, don’t know the details. We’d like to share those with you. We’d also like to introduce the blending of disciplines to make people more connected to each other. Come take a look at what we are starting and hope to continue through Artsweek 2019 with “Science is art” as our theme. Let’s make a difference and have fun doing it!

Where | Chancellery walk upper campus

Who | ECOS and Artsweek

SciArt Mural Project

The Science Behind the Slime

Artsweek is bringing you our DIY slime workshop at O-week and at the launch party for Artsweek on Tuesday, October 8th. Slime is a fun and hands on way to make something creative while learning about polymer chemistry. Without getting too deep into the details, we give you the scientific explanation for why slime works.

To make slime, you start off with glue which is made up of long chemical chains (think spaghetti). These long chemical chains are made up of multiple molecules all stringed together, which is called a polymer. One type of polymer is in PVA glue, polyvinyl acetate. These long chains or polymers in the glue slide past each other quite easily, which allows the glue to flow smoothly out of the bottle.

In addition to glue, slime requires a chemical activator. Slime activators can come in many forms and many combinations. For example, you can make slime with borax, a common white powdered cleaning solution similar to bicarb soda (baking soda). You can also make slime with bicarb soda, saline solution, and liquid starch. In most recipes, you will need a combination of these ingredients. Fortunately for the slime lovers, Elmer's has made a magical slime liquid that can be used in place of any of these household activators. The slime activator works by cross-linking protein molecules of those in the activator with those in the glue. Imagine a flow of traffic moving smoothly and then all of a sudden there is a car crash causing multiple cars to get stuck in the pile up or to slow down to see what is happening. In both situations, you get a slower flow and congestion.

Speaking of congestion, your slime may be looking a bit sticky once adding in your activators. This is the time to pick it up and knead it in your hands. More activator will decrease the stickiness of the glue. When you have finished, your slime has become a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning that is neither a liquid nor a solid. It can be picked up like a solid, but will ooze like a liquid. Pull the slime slowly and it will flow like a liquid, but pulling it quickly will cause it to tear apart. This is because you are mechanically breaking apart the chemical bonds!

Learning about the science behind the slime is a great way to think scientifically. Come to the Artsweek launch party in week 4 to make your own slime and experience science in action!

Date | T3W4 - Launch event Tuesday, October 8th

Time |4:30 - 8:30 pm

Where | Main quad

DIY Slime

Artsweek at O-week

Artsweek volunteers and students making slime at O-week

DIY Slime Recipe Here!

Featured Artists 2019

Sarah Catania

Evelyn Xiao

Art and Design Student - ceramics and oil painting

Sharanya Sooriyakumaran

Monica Renaud

Aayushi Shah

Sarah Jane Moore

Rachel Honnery

Talitha Hanna


Zuhairah Dindar

Jessica Lazarus

Brett Lewis


Shamanthi Rajasingham

Danny Giles

Miranda Almighty

Lora Adzic


Rosie Bogumil

Kenzo Jeanson

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Milly Caley

Georgia Dower

Isobelle Lowe

Tiffany Ian Tong

Nani Graddon

Ruvé Staneke


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Jen Tims

Devon Mer

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