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Since 2018, Pint of Science Australia has directly engaged Australian artists to contribute to the festival's artwork. Through an artist-in-residence program, Pint of Science Australia seeks to engage artists to collaborate with scientists and to find ways of incorporating science into their artworks.

This is all a part of a broader support and dedication to cross-collaboration with the arts, which you can read more about in our strategic plan. Should you wish to support this artist-in-residence initiative, please get in touch with us.

2019 - Octo by Miriam Slater

The 2019 Pint of Science Australia artists-in-residence is Miriam Slater with a piece we like to call 'Octo'.

the 2019 artwork - a blue ringed octopus reaching out a pint glass holding onto a VR headset surrounded by a coral reef of science

2019 Pint of Science Australia artwork: Octo (all rights reserved)

You will see Octo turn up all through our promotions and graphics during 2019. Make sure to keep an eye out for the #PintAU19 pint glass that features this artwork over at our merchandise store.

Artist rationale

Designing the Pint of Science 2019 artwork has been a breath of fresh air for me, a welcome stretch of my design legs. My first interest was to create an image that wove the many organic, man made and theoretical elements of science together. As someone who has had minimal knowledge and exposure to the world of science, it became important to me to have an image that expressed that inherent link we all have to science in our lives, whether consciously or subconsciously.

The ecosystem and complexity of coral and the Great Barrier Reef became my main motif. Not only for its diversity and our associated sense of National Identity, but the current bleaching and damage that is occurring, and scientific restorations to preserve it. The importance of acknowledging what is happening to our Reef is also an accessible and important link to our greater relationship to science. On a literal and metaphorical level it represented many of the themes I desired for the artwork.

My work is designed like an evolving and changing little ecosystem, connecting and linking all the branches of science together. A mirco and macro intertwining of all our different relationships to science.

That, and octopus are like the scientists of the ocean.

Artist biography

Miriam Slater is a Canberran multidisciplinary artist. An ANU School of Art and Design Honours graduate and an award winning performer, they are proudly a "jack of all trades" creative. Their visual arts practice has varied from local art battles "Commit No Nuisance", Canberra festivals "Art Not Apart", to exhibiting locally and interstate. With their current artistic practice focusing on directing and performance, Miriam is the co-creator of the comedy duo Sweaty Pits. Their award winning show "Pity Party" is currently touring the Fringe circuit both interstate and overseas.

Keep up to date with Miriam's work and projects by following their instagram (@miri.yamyam).

Previous artists

The previous Pint of Science Australia artists-in-residence and their work can be seen at the below links

  • 2018 - Full to the brim by Dan Power (details coming soon)