Artsweek 2019

Science is art

SciArt Mural Project

Communicating science research through art

Call for SciArt Submissions

Science is art

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.

We are currently on the lookout for artists and collaborators to feature in ArtsWeek 2019 and are accepting all forms of art from painting and sculptures to photography series and performance pieces. Express your interest here. 

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."  


Artsweek is a big project that needs a lot of help behind the scenes and on the ground. We are in need of your skills, experience, and enthusiasm as part of our team.

Help facilitate a week long program of art installations, events, and promotions for up-and-coming artists and science communicators at UNSW.

Collaborate with a diverse team of event planners, art creators and lovers. 

Inspire students (arty or not) to explore opportunities within the world of art and science communication.  

Volunteering with Artsweek is also recognised on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

Want more details? Get in touch!


Intake | Applications are OPEN NOW! 

Click HERE to apply today

Find out more about Senior Volunteer Opportunities below.

Time commitment | LIGHT

Become a featured artist

Get your start as an artist by painting a mural or exhibiting an artwork (or two) on campus!

Become a SciArt collaborator

Are you an artist or scientist looking to promote science communication ? Get in touch to host your own events or pitch your ideas. We are looking for the next leaders in scicomm. 

Become a Volunteer

Every year, our little army of student volunteers are the heart of Artsweek. Pitch your own ideas and collaborate on group projects! Shoot us an email to join the madness.

Applications open now: click HERE to apply!

Become a Senior Volunteer

Artsweek is on the lookout for 5 Senior Volunteers to play key leadership roles in the planning and rolling out of Artsweek. We are looking for an artist and collaborator recruiter, installations and exhibits coordinator, events and workshops coordinator, media coordinator and volunteer and events coordinator. Click HERE to read role descriptions of each of our portfolios and apply now!

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

Check out last year's artists while we recruit for this year!

Milly Caley

Georgia Dower

Isobelle Lowe

Tiffany Ian Tong

Nani Graddon

Ruvé Staneke



Shamanthi Rajasingham

Danny Giles

Miranda Almighty

Lora Adzic


Rosie Bogumil

Kenzo Jeanson


Organism Jewellery

Jen Tims

Devon Mer

Billie-Jean Bullard

The Weaving Tree

Beesley Productions

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