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Eleanor Gates-Stuart
, currently based: Australia
Affiliated institution: Charles Stuart University

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Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart is a visual media artist who focus is primarily on scientific exploration and technology, both in the advancement of innovation and in communicating her artistic practice in new and innovative ways, questioning and engaging audience in art, science and technology. Working with major research organisations, museums, business and government her scope of artistic creativity and research interests are extensive and includes interactive exhibits and the application of innovative materials such as the ‘Bugs’, titanium insects and ‘Hot Seeds’ holographic works.

She was awarded Scitech’s Innovation in Art Residency 2016 for her project, ‘Under the Surface’ based on mining and mineral exploration in Western Australia, in association with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Mineral Resources Flagship. Gates-Stuart’s active research involves site visits, such as travelling deep underground at the Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) Super Pit and visiting Data & Core Repositories at GeoScience Australia and the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) in WA.

Her multimedia project, StellrScope, was awarded to Gates-Stuart’s by the Centenary of Canberra’s major Science Art Commission supported by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government and the Australian Government, 2013. Celebrating 100 years of wheat, from the days of experimentalist William Farrer through to current science innovation of today, CSIRO was the host for this research, engaging Gates-Stuart as the Science Art Fellow. She received a Canberra Critic’s Circle Award for StellrScope, the major commission installation which was held at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. Artworks from the project are now part of the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection.

Her international research in Science and Art is diverse and collaborative; Joining Charles Sturt University as Professor in Creative Industries following her links as an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong and prior Professorship in Technology and Art (Techno Art) at National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan). She holds a PhD in Science Communication, Communicating Science: Exploring Science though Art, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University, and supported by the CSIRO – both she has been a Visiting Research Scholar.

Selected as a participant for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, ‘The Deep Blue Sea 2016’, she continues the momentum of the ‘think tank’ synergy of NAKFI with scientists and artists in the USA. Other international projects include her current collaboration with the Orchid Research and Development Center at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.



Professional Artist, integrating science and arts, curator, commissions, public art, research projects (Ongoing)
Professor of Creative Industries, School of Communication and Creative Industries, Charles Sturt University (2018-Present)
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong 2017- 2020
Professor (Full), Techno Arts, Institute of Creative Industries Design, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (R.O.C), (2015-2017)
Innovation Art - Artist in Residence, Scitech WA, (2016) Installation & commission.
Science Art Fellow / Researcher, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Future Grains Flagship (2013), Digital Productivity and Services Flagship (2014), Mineral Resources National Research Flagship (2015-17)
Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (2016)
Professional Associate, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra (Mobile Makers Group) (2015)
Major Commission: ‘StellrScope’, the Centenary of Canberra Prestigious Major Science Art Commission, awarded by Australian Capital Territory Government, Chief Minister’s Office and the Australian Federal Government (2012-2013)
Research Professor, Associate Position, Art Department, Division of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) USA Adjunct / Honorary Appointment (2011-2014)
Creative Direction and Design, Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network (ABIN), (2011-2010)
Deputy Director, Australian Science Festival, Not-for-profit Organisation, Canberra, (2010 – 2009)
Visiting Researcher, National ICT Australia (NICTA), (2010 – 2009)
Head, Centre for New Media Arts (CNMA), Australian National University (ANU) 07-04
Head, Australian Centre for Arts & Technology (ACAT), Australian National University (ANU) (03-01)
Head of Design, Principal Lecturer, University of Lincoln, Hull School of Art & Design, UK. (2001 – 1997
Head, Printmaking Department, Fine Art, Faculty of Arts & Technology, University of Lincoln, UK, (1997 – 1988)
•Visiting Lecturer, Various Universities AUS, UK, USA & Taiwan (2011-1981)



‘Save Face’ - still image & video © Eleanor Gates-Stuart If to Save Face centers on our fear of humiliation and reputation, then our instinct may be to change face, hide face, to become faceless. Yet, if we were to be fearless, would our strength be to protect our face, our visual identity, to confront matters face on and without concern that our human image will be harmed?" Save Face Video: DIGITAL POWER: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY AND THE INFLUENCE OF WOMEN ONLINE An exhibition that inspires, empowers, and supports women, Digital Power: Activism, Advocacy and the Influence of Women Online is a juried selection of visionary digital content providers: artists, storytellers, researchers, performers, historians, designers, gamers, film/video makers, communicators and writers. An exhibition organized by Kathy Rae Huffman for the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, 2020


Professor of Creative Industries School of Communication and Creative Industries Charles Sturt University

New Professor


2016 Scitech Artist in Residence Under the Surface: Mining and Minerals @ Scitech Rio Tinto Innovations Central WA

‘Under the Surface’ @ Scitech Rio Tinto Innovations Central WA ‘Under the Surface’ focuses on WA mining and minerals and the innovation involved in looking under the earth’s surface working with research scientists at CSIRO WA and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines. Visualising innovation is a crucial part of this research and the context of scientific brilliance as it places Australia at the cutting edge of global science. ‘Under the Surface’ is commissioned by the Scitech Discovery Centre (WA) and as Artist in Residence, Gates-Stuart explores ways in which art can help communicate science to non-scientists and scientists alike, particularly in this instance of the science museum. The installation is aimed at playful engagement allowing the audience to interact with the artwork by using their body gesture (hand movement) to control and explore the layers of context. Influenced by scientific innovation and with reference to historical artefacts, ‘Under the Surface’ is a collaboration of knowledge and information sharing in bringing this artwork to completion. It explores complexity of technology in scientific and industrial innovation, repositories of information (both physical collection and electronic) through visual communication and interpretation through artworks. More info:

Publications & References
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor. »Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art.« (MIT Press Journals, Early Access, part of Top-Rated LABS Abstracts 2015 (doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01301) Leonardo (2016) (2016).
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor. »Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art.« Phd Thesis, Australian National University, Australia, July 2015.
Gates-Stuart E; Lovell D; L. Nyugen C; Adcock M; Bradley J; Morell M;. »Art and Science as Creative Catalysts.« (Special Section of Leonardo Transactions “Highlights from the IEEE VIS 2013 Arts Program (VISAP’13), edited by Angus Forbes.”. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01065 (2015) (2015).
Gates-Stuart E and Nyugen C:. Understanding Insects: Why Explore Through Science And Art?. Australian Science Communicators Conference, ASC 2014, Brisbane: Australian Science Communicators Conference, 2014.
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor. »Stellrscope.« In C. Kennedy & M. Rosengren (Eds.), SPECTRA: images and data in art/science. Proceedings from the symposium SPECTRA 2012. Australian Network for Art and Technology, SA (2014).
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor. »Keynote: StellrScope: Explorations through Science and Art.« Wonder of Fantasy: 2014 International Techno Art Forum Proceedings, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Editors: Chih-Yung Aaron CHIU, Ald CHANG, Wen-Hao HUANG. ISBN: 978-986-04-1950-4 (2014).
Barstow, Clive and Eleanor Gates-Stuart. »StellrScope, the Centenary of Canberra’s Science Art Commission.« Imprint, Print Council of Australia Publication 48, no. 1 (2013).
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor. Stellrscope (Exhibition Catalogue). ISBN 978-1-4863-0088-4, Canberra: CSIRO, Australia, 2013.
Nyugen C; Lovell D: Oberprieler R: Jennings D: Adcock M; Gates-Stuart E; LaSalle J:. »Virtual 3D Models of Insects for Accelerated Quarantine Control.« International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV (2013).
Gates-Stuart, Eleanor and Richard Wohlfeiler. »Finger Codes.« Imprint, Print Council of Australia 46, no. 2 (2011).