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; she is an Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong and former Professor in Techno Art at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), 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.
Selected Awards and Positions
- Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong 2017- 2020
- Seed Grant: IMPeL: The Immersive Mesopelagic Performance Lab, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2017 (USA)
- National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), Deep Blue Ocean, Alumnus 2016 (USA)
- Innovation Art: Artist in Residence working on the edges of technology and science, Scitech 2016
- Professorship: National Cheng Kung University (Techno Arts) 2015 – 17 (Taiwan)
- CSIRO PhD Research Studentship, CSIRO Digital Productivity and Services Flagship (2014)
- Canberra Critics’ Circle Award, 2013
- Centenary Science Art Commission, ACT Chief Minister’s Office & federal Government 2012 – 2013
- Taiwan Research Visiting Scholar Grant, 2008