Welcome to Ben Beeton’s SciArt of Australia

My art drops a thread through aspects of the ecology, geology and deep time history of natural systems. My process of creating art is a learning experience and I have an active interest in scientific model making. As I travelled across Australia and abroad learning from scientists, indigenous elders and conservationists about the special natural environments which they have studied and cared for, I envisaged an interactive educational website that would share their stories of country. As a consequence I developed SciArt, a website which along with showcasing my art allows access to the knowledge shared that has inspired my art.

Interactive Artworks on Australian Environments 2

People studying and working to preserve environments have important messages which they want to share with the outside world. Through SciArt I give conservationists, traditional owners and scientists an opportunity to share their knowledge. Teachers have told me that their students find SciArt intriguing and that my website is a wonderful visual literacy tool. I am very glad to see that the methodology which I have developed to create my art can be used as an educational tool. Spending time in the natural environments which are the theme of my work is a critical component of my methodology.

In partnership with traditional owners, local communities and Gondwanalink I am engaged in the Genestreams Songlines Sculptures initiative which is a nationwide project between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, community organizations and conservation groups. The public art project unites traditional knowledge with western science and seeks to bring both indigenous and non-indigenous artists from communities together.