Picture books, Papers, Thesis, Press


Picture books

Flying with my sister
1950s photo of Lisa and Nadya. Eucalyptus beads made by Barkindji artist Maddison Gibbs as a gift for Nadya in 2022

Lunartime 2022

Words, pictures, animations: Lisa Roberts
Page design: Claire Sives

This is a celebration of relationships that sustain life. An animated mix from my experience of my sister, fragments from her film script, family stories, photos, Facebook Messages and gifts of heartfelt art. Born in Melbourne in 1946, my sister Nadya was a writer, artist, dancer, joker, oldest resident of what was once called Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. She lived all her adult life as a Ward of the State of Victoria. She died in Beechworth in 2022.

Lisa Roberts


Matilda Allover Downunder

Lunartime 1998

Words: Carmel Bird
Art: Lisa Roberts
Animation, interactive design: Ruth Luxford

Matilda is a photojournalist galah. She takes her Hasselblad Eternal to the Ocean to show the past, present and future.


Joey's Eggshell People
Photo provided by Naomi Nicholson (in 2017)

Oxford University Press 1981

Words: Tony Scanlon
Pictures: Lisa Roberts
Joey paints and decorates his breakfast eggshells until he has a whole collection of little people to play with. Includes instructions for turning eggshells into little people.



Enabling enduring evidence-based policy for the Southern Ocean through cultural arts practices

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Front. Ecol. Evol. | doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.616089
Lisa Roberts, Tracey Benson, Danae Fiore, Paul Fletcher, Ellery Johnson, Cat Kutay, Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Katherina Petrou, Melissa Silk, Stephen Taberner, Victor V. Filgueira and Andrew J. Constable


Print media's role in changing understandings

The quarterly journal of the Print Council of Australia Inc.
Winter 2013. Volume 48, Number 2
Lisa Roberts, Melissa Smith,Eveline Kolijn,


Krill looks and feelers: a dialogue on expanding perceptions of climate change data

The Polar Journal
Volume 1, Issue 2, 2011

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2011.626628
Lisa Roberts& Steve Nicol
pages 251-264

The theatrical presentation Krill looks and feelers: a dialogue on expanding perceptions of climate change datais an adaptation of the paper.


Ocean-bottom krill sex

Oxford Journal of Plankton Research
Volume 33, Number 7, 2011

DOI: 10.1093/plankt/FBR006.
Kawaguchi, S., Kilpatrick, R., Roberts, L.,
King, R.A. and Nicol, S.
pages 1134-1138

The animation Do krill have sex? is a component of the paper.



Antarctic Animation: Gestures and lines describe a changing environment

Thesisby Lisa Roberts approved for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy,
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
October 2010



Data come to life: the art of Lisa Roberts

Lateral Magazine. Published January 04, 2016
Nikki Granna interviews Lisa Roberts.


Communication by pheromones

ABC Radio National, Ockham's Razor. Broadcast July 12, 2015
Robyn Williams introduces Lisa Roberts.


Living data: how art helps us all understand climate change

The Conversation. February 5, 2015
Article by Lisa Roberts


The Creativity of Science in Beyond the Lab

ABC Local, Broadcast September 13, 2014
Review by David Murray


Living Data: Evolving Conversations at #UTS #usfsyd14@UltimoScience #science

Yvonne Davila, September 11, 2014
Article by Yvonne Davila


Living Data 2013 exhibition, Sydney Australia

Eveline Kolijn, 2013
Article by Eveline Kolijn


Krill face the acid test

Sydney Morning Herald, October 17, 2013
Article by Joyce Morgan


The sex life of krill proves fertile ground for art and science

The Sydney Morning Herald: Entertainment, September 12, 2013
Article by Nick Galvin


Living Data: Art from climate science at the Muse

The Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, August 20, 2013


The Fracts - a coal seam gas exploration

Undermine, April 18, 2013
Article by Carina Lee


Living Data

Lynchpin the Ocean project, June 18, 2012 - September 23, 2014
Article by Sue Anderson