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.

2020 - #PintAUOnline by Keith Stanley and Piyathida 'Nicole' Kalamphak

The 2020 #PintAUOnline characters and icons were drawn by Keith Stanley. The graphic layout and styles by Piyathida 'Nicole' Kalamphak.

We are so happy and proud of the fun that these characters and designs bring to an 'iso-Pint' at home. Here they are along with the projects they were linked to, but to see them in their natural habitat, head over to pintofscience.com.au/online

Thank you so very much to both Keith and Nicole. As we were not sure if #PintAUOnline was going to go ahead until about one week before launch, all of the above artwork was developed and prepared for our online events within 4 days. Their willingness to have some fun and their patience with the numerous revisions and changes as names of events changed has produced something that has made a lot of our volunteers (and hopefully our audience) smile.

You can see more of Keith's work at his Instagram, Facebook or website. You can also find Nicole's graphic work on her website and Instagram

Thank you Keith.

Thank you Nicole.

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2021 - Planet Bee by Phi Do

The 2021 Pint of Science Australia artists-in-residence is Phi Do with 'Planet Bee'.

2020 Artwork

You will see Planet Bee turn up all through our promotions and graphics during 2020 and 2021. Phi had initially developed the work for the cancelled 2020 festival, so we held onto it for 2021. Make sure to keep an eye out for the #PintAU21 pint glass that features this artwork over at our merchandise store.

Artist rationale

Inspired by Ban Ki-moon’s quote, "There can be no Plan B because there is no planet B," my artwork Planet Bee is a playful and ironic response depicting a thriving sustainable world where people live in a vibrant community as ‘bee-people’. 

With approximately one-third of what we eat dependant on the pollination of bees, these little heroes are a vital part of our ecosystem. Sadly, bee populations are declining globally as they face a range of threats including industrial agriculture and climate change. So I wanted to celebrate the continual research efforts in Australia in promoting bee health and further understanding the ecology and behaviour of bees - not only the honey bee but also lesser-known Australian native bees. I chose the mascot to be the native Stingless Social Bee, to highlight the social aspect of Pint of Science. Other native bee-people scattered throughout the science-inspired landscape include the Carpenter Bee, Teddy Bear Bee and Blue-Banded Bee.

But ultimately, I wanted to show how bees can inspire us to be a better society. Social bees live in complex social structures and use their collective intelligence, and work harmoniously together, to ensure the greater good of their hive's survival. This is something I believe humans can learn from bees.

While there may not be a planet B, long live Planet Bee!

Artist biography

Phi Do, is a Melbourne-based, multidisciplinary designer and illustrator. As a graduate from Monash University with a Bachelor of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, he is an expert in blending the world of analytical thinking with art and creativity. 

Alongside his UX/UI work, Phi develops branding design for start-ups and nonprofits, does life-drawing, and creates quirky illustrations. As an active supporter of community festivals, Phi was the artist behind the 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Whether digital, physical, spatial or visual, Phi is passionate about crafting beautiful and thought-provoking compositions that bring a sense of joy.
You can keep up to date with Phi’s work by following him on Instagram (@feedingdough) or visiting phido.com.au.

Previous artists

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

  • 2020 [PINT AU ONLINE] - Quintyn the Koala and their Iso-Friends by Keith Stanley
  • 2019 Pint of Science Festival - Octo by Miriam Slater
  • 2018 Pint of Science Festival - Full to the brim by Dan Power