Working with Art in the Sciences

Early Years

Eleanor Gates-Stuart………… early years

‘BlackMoods – BlueDemons’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. Artist Catalogue showing exhibition artworks, artist statement and essay by Rosemary Betterton. 1988 Cover Image: Detail from lithograph ‘Walking the Stairs’


Eleanor is well known for her creative endeavours, artistic achievement and research, hence her position of Full Professor at National Cheng Kung University as well as previously honorary appointment as Research Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and as Fellow of the Australian National University (08-09),  and Visiting Researcher at National ICT Australia, NICTA (08-10)

In 2008 Eleanor received a Taiwan Visiting Scholar Award following her research enterprise into Visualisation and Communication of ICT and her contribution as the Australian Curator of Boom! An Interplay of Fast & Frozen Permutations in New Media’, 2007 International New Media Festival, Taiwan.

Eleanor’s PhD study was at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), Australian National University and her research interests firmly overlap education, media-arts, science, visual communication and printmaking. Her CV is available on request.

Earlier arts interest and education

Eleanor’s interest in the arts began at a young age with her artistic enthusiasm encouraged and nurtured by her art teachers (Jack Evans & Dave Moxon) at Hurlfield Comprehensive Secondary School (now Sheffield Springs Academy). The school was the first in Sheffield to have a dedicated arts centre with theatre and art studio / classrooms unique with excellent facilities and professional teachers.

Her undergraduate Fine Arts education began at the Sheffield Art School (Psalter Lane) (now Sheffield Hallam University) and taught by Fran Hegarty, Dick Cowell & Graham Bevan and later in the printmaking department by Ted Veevers, Stan Jones, Maurice Senior and Keith Barnsley.

Eleanor spent one year of undergraduate degree at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic (now known as Northumbria University) and studied intensely in the print department, Tutors: Will Cowen, Paul Rogers & Gordon Senior.

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University, Eleanor was awarded a prestigious ‘Fellow in Residence’ at Sunderland Polytechnic (now University of Sunderland) before embarking on her postgraduate studies at Chelsea School of Art, at the London Institute (now known as the University of the Arts, London). Her supervisors were Tim Mara and Peter Daglish, as well as other staff: Mike Birtchnell, Richard Beer, Dick Hart, Jeff Edwards and Chris Plowman. Inspired by visiting artists, John Hoyland, Nigel Rolfe and Joe Tilson

Completing her postgraduate education, Eleanor was an invited lecturer at several UK universities as well as continuing her artistic practise and attaining awards: DAAD residency at Atelierhaus Worspwede in Germany (working alongside artist Bryan Ingham) and later as Researcher / Artist in Residence at Nottingham Trent University.

Before leaving England to work at the Australian National University as Head of the Australian Centre for Arts & Technology (ACAT) and Centre for New Media Arts (CNMA), Eleanor enjoyed working at the University of Lincoln (Faculty of Arts & Technology – Hull School of Art & Design UK). Firstly as the Head of Printmaking with staff: Ken Henderson, Walter Chamberlain, Simon Ringe & Roland Box and later as Head of Design – one of three principal lecturers at the School of Art & Design: other pl’s: Rob Gawthrop and Dr Jenny Wolmark.

Eleanor’s research interests, exhibitions and awards were linked through the above text. Also see her other website for earlier artworks.

*See ‘BlackMoods-BlueDemons’

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