Welcome to Hatchling Studio, the creative practice of Toni Roberts. Please browse the site for information on public art and interpretation design projects, my studio work and design products, research, writing and teaching. Get in touch if you would like to know more or discuss a potential project.
My work spans interpretation, art and design, often in collaboration with other designers, artists, communities and specialists. I am passionate about communicating stories and ideas and through form, text and image, to shape spatial, sensory and thoughtful experiences that engage and inspire.
Hatchling Studio and collaborating artists and designers have undertaken numerous significant sculptural and interpretive works, often won through competitive public tender. My role spans interpretation planning and design, content development, design and project management.
I am a maker. My studio work includes art projects, materials exploration and products. I work across a variety of media including acrylic, resin, silicone, latex and ceramics.
I am a researcher and educator in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT Melbourne. I research and write about interpretation, design, qualities of human experience and our relationship with the natural world.
After two years in development, the new National Capital Exhibition opened on 21 September 2018.
Working with exhibition designer Chris Mether of Studio Mether and graphic designer Bianca Tweed of Studio Tweed, Toni Roberts undertook research, interpretation strategy, content development and writing of the exhibition text.
The exhibition interprets the diverse contributions to the development of the capital, including indigenous culture, migrants and women (most notably Marion Mahoney Griffin, who worked with Walter Burley Griffin on the winning design but wasn’t credited in their competition entry). It makes use of digital animation, digital interactives, and an augmented reality experience in the foyer. The new exhibition also interprets the view to the National Triangle and other sites of national significance through interactive touch screens.
This multi-million dollar project was commissioned by the National Capital Authority. The exhibition is open all year round and has over 150,000 visitors annually.