The Lynchpin program is designed to encourage arts/ocean science collaborations and conversations that bring ocean science to the community in new ways. 

Looking toward 2018

Lynchpin is pleased to support


Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice

A multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward.

Hobart, Tasmania

8-10 February 2018 

Click here to visit the Conference  website:



Lynchpin supports Home Ward Bound participants

Lynchpin is happy to introduce and to offer support to  Karen Alexander and Justine Barrett, who are two of eighty women with a science background from around the globe who have been chosen to participate in the next Homeward Bound program. This 12 month program teaches leadership, strategy and communication skills and culminates in a three week trip to Antarctica. The ultimate goal of Homeward Bound project is to have 1,000 women from all over the world connected to inform policy and make the changes needed for a more sustainable planet.

Hear more from the Science Show,  Radio National.

Homeward Bound aims to boost women in science

It is a leadership program for women from all over the world. The next group comprises veterinarians, marine ecologists, engineers, researchers, academics, chemists, science communicators, doctors and more coming from 13 countries including Spain, Venezuela, Kenya, France, Italy, Norway, Scotland and China. Their mission is to increase female voices in science and decision making around the future of our world. The leadership program will be held on board a ship in the waters of Antarctica in February 2018.


2017 – Lynchpin news and celebration!

Lynchpin is pleased to support Aviva Hannah Reed’s book

EON the story of the fossils

EON is a hard- cover art/ science book illustrating evolution on the planet.

It explores how we got here.

From singular cell to biodiversity.

From extinction to survival.

It is connection to our ancestors and our place in the world.

Is it a blueprint for the future?


March 2017: a Lynchpin Residency

It could not be more special than to announce that sculptor, installation artist, poet and video artist, Jenny Pollak, will be coming to spend what we are calling a Lynchpin Residency in Hobart, for four to six weeks, from the end of February, 2017.

As Lynchpin Coordinator, Jenny’s work is of particular closeness to me;  her marvellous installation work The Immortals shown at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, 4th September – 25th October 2015, was brought to my notice by Lisa Roberts of Living Data, with whom Lynchpin has had a fundamental relationship over the years, as we’ve explored ways of encouraging conversations and collaborations that bring Ocean science to the community in new ways.  Lisa rightly thought that The Immortals would resonate with me, for in many ways the epic poem at the base of this work, echoed and affirmed the intent of the symphony ex Oceanoour 2012-15 project – recorded and released at just the time The Immortals was shown.

Since that introduction,  Jenny and I have been in conversation – and I’m happy to say she will be here to explore, not only the pleasures of Tasmania, MONA etc  . . . what may emerge from the collaboration.

Please visit Jenny’s website and take time to  understand something of the integrity and deep listening expressed in her work:  click here.

This will be Lynchpin’s 2017 conversation piece.  Later in 2018, visit Jenny’s website to see the video works that continue to develop from the Residency.




Lynchpin Background 

Exciting news 2016!  

LYNCHPIN project 2012: Forests of the Sea becomes winner of the

2016 Species on the Move International Conference Video Competition 


Our Projects over the last eight years

you can follow these in detail under Our Projects on the main menu bar above.

The largest of these projects has been the three-year program The Making of a Symphony. The symphony ex Oceano – we are from the Ocean – the Ocean sustains us is dedicated to those whose lives are given to ocean science.

We invite you to see the two promotion pieces and read related material about the work.

PhD candidates Nick Roden and Robert Johnson expressed their ocean science to composer Matthew Dewey; the composer expressed that science back to them in sound. The work was recorded in Prague in 2013 and the symphony was broadcast on Classic FM in early 2015 – and subsequently, the second movement, the phytoplankton,  had airplay several times in 2015.


ABC Radio National – Love Song for a Changing Ocean – Off Track 

Saturday 31 October 2015 10:30AM and repeated during the Summer Program 2016.

Listen to the composer and the scientists talk with Dr Ann Jones (view full episode).

Two oceanographers and a composer come together to create music. They each have a love for the ocean.

This music does not replace the science. It just expresses it differently, and importantly, it expresses the human-ness of science. That is, the fact that scientific endeavour is driven by humans, each with their own connection to their topic of choice.    

Dr Ann Jones, producer and presenter, Off Track.



ex Oceano was part of the Global Festival of Cultural Activity on Climate Change – ARTCOP21

COAL and CAPE FAREWELL – the two European partners behind ARTCOP21 – mobilised artists and the wider cultural sector, to create a festival and cultural symposium during the Cop21 conference – the 21st United Nations Conference on climate change, Paris.

From 30th November until 10th December 2015,  an exceptional cultural-climate festival was hosted in the city of Paris and as a global on-line arts response in support of the COP21 proceedings.

From 18 November 2015  ex Oceano was part (click here) of the on-line global community through the ARTCOP21 initiative.

ARTCOP21 : 380+ Events, 40+ Countries: Climate is everyone’s business.

2016 Change of Direction 

From the completion of the symphony, much work has gone on to promote the work around Australia and overseas.  Lynchpin also made a shift  to focus funds on artists for a season or two – encouraging them to respond direct to the Ocean science connections we’ve established over the years.  During 2015, Lynchpin was in discussion with Lauren Black, an acclaimed Hobart based artist who is well known for her detailed botanical work.  View Lauren’s formal botanical work at

Early in the year Lauren let us know that new and exciting opportunities have opened for her that will expand her current work into several new areas. Due to these unexpected developments, she was now unavailable to explore what might have emerged from the science of the Ocean.  In December came the exciting news of a Churchill Fellowship for Lauren!  She will use her scholarship to visit collections in museums in Paris, Italy and the UK, where she will take particular note of medical and botanical collections. Lauren would like her work to build a bridge between art and science that opens our understandings of the body – work which began with her Memento Mori Exhibition in 2015.


Proposed Oceans and Atmosphere CSIRCO restructuring: statement

On a wider issue within the Marine Science community, as Coordinator of Lynchpin, I am shocked at the proposed CSIRO cuts to Ocean and Atmosphere research – with consequences for the international Ocean research excellence in the state.

When we began the Lynchpin symphony collaboration in 2011, none of us could have imagined that the research areas underpinning the “science score” for ex Oceano would be threatened in this way.

ex Oceano – we are from the Ocean is dedicated to those whose lives are given to ocean science.

Sue Anderson,  March 2016



Lynchpin Wider Collaborative Links

Lynchpin values the strong links formed with the Living Data program at UTS (click on the Krill image in the menu-bar below!); an invaluable relationship that has allowed Lynchpin projects to appear in Living Data exhibitions/Ultimo Science Festival over the past several years, so bringing them to a wider audience.


Living Data: Align 01 (2015): scroll to 2015 03 05 Align – where animations by Dr Lisa Roberts, leader of the Living Data program, are backed by an excerpt from the symphony ex Oceano by Matthew Dewey.

Living Data Lab: Evolving Conversations(2014): see ex Oceano as one of a wide range of contributions from around the globe, from artists with a focus on making climate change visible.

Living Data: Art from Climate Science(2013): hear artist Malou Zuidema talk about the process of animating the science behind the Lynchpin project Forests of the Sea.

Living Data: Animating Change(2012): including phytoplankton works by Sue Anderson that seek to “dis-conceal” the role of this “lynchpin” organism; a response to the first scholarship offered in 2009 and the basis of the Lynchpin program.





For further information about the Lynchpin program, please contact: Sue Anderson, Lynchpin coordinator at the Contact link on the menu bar above or