Working with Art in the Sciences


Stellr Mutants VR World

Stellr Mutants VR World are the next ‘breed’ of agricultural wheat extending the Stellrscope species

Stella Mutants by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Stella Mutants by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Artist, Dr Eleanor Gates-Stuart, revisiting ’15 Seeds’ and ‘Beautiful Mutant’ from the StellrScope wheat experimentation and innovation series.

Building the next breed via VR world to experience the species up close and inside.

Acknowledgement: CSIRO + Data61


Back in Aus …

Over in Australia with a great visit planned to SA Museum and planning of next projects. Contact me if you would like to catch up, chat about visits, research, have coffee… (June-Late August)

Eleanor's Slide Talk

Eleanor’s Slide Talk

Family Genes

'Family Genes' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Family Genes’ by Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Revisiting artworks ‘Virus’ … actually these ones were never really completed rather a state of mind – thoughts expressed as video installations. The theme lead to other things such as my focus on Science+Art and the opportunity to research bioinformatics and genetic variation through other works such as ‘StellrScope’ and ‘FingerCodes’.  

Amazing to see my family’s involvement in my work, how they have been a part of my work (always) and with tremendous respect to them.

AcknowledgementAuguste Soesastro who kindly provided his textile works for adaption in the artworks   

Wedge: Under the surface

Happening soon…………… ‘Under the Surface’ @ SCITECH WA

'Wedge' by Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Scitech 2016

Wedge’ by Artist, Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Under the Surface – Mining & Minerals


Mining Data: Dr Peter Schaubs, CSIRO

IGNITE: Women Fueling Science & Technology

IGNITE: Women Fueling Science & Technology

The Creatives gallery showcases artists, designers, and creative technologists whose work has been informed or influenced by science and technology. Artists create, shape, reflect, and define our society — their contribution is critical to any human rights movement. This gallery seeks to recognize the critical role of artists and creative practitioners in imagining and realizing a more gender equitable future.

Great to be part of the exhibition – Thank you 

A Global Fund for Women Project

IGNITE: Women Fueling Science & Technology

IGNITE: Women Fueling Science & Technology

Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art

Communicating Science: Explorations through Science and Art

PhD thesis and final seminar complete. Created this image ‘Discovery’ to celebrate the research.

PhD Research study at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), Australian National University & the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). 

Discovery by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

‘Discovery’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image contains a digital watermark that is not on the actual image.

Poster, Prints and Paper @ ASC 2014

StellrScope Poster at the Australian Science Communicators Conference 2014

StellrScope Poster at the Australian Science Communicators Conference 2014

Exhibiting a poster at ASC 2014 and showing artworks in the Science Art Exhibition. Also presentation of our research paper, ‘Visualising Insects: An Exploration in Science and Art’ , co-authored with Dr Chuong Nguyen at Computational Informatics, CSIRO.

Artworks by Eleanor Gates-Stuart for the ASC 2014 Science Art Exhibition.

Artworks by Eleanor Gates-Stuart for the ASC 2014 Science Art Exhibition.

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StellrScope Science Art Publication

StellrScope Catalogue Pages Preview

StellrScope Catalogue by Eleanor Gates-Stuart – Pages Preview

The exhibition catalogue (electronic version) of the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission, ‘StellrScope’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

The publications contains contributions from other authors talking about this commissioned works of art, including scientists from CSIRO.

Preview the StellrScope Catalogue here:

Click on the picture below

StellrScope Exhibition Catalogue by Eleanor Gates-Stuart © 2013
Published by CSIRO
Food Futures Flagship & Computational Informatics
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0088-4
ISBN: 978-1-4863-0089-1

All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronical or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any other information storage and retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the author.

3D Creepy Crawlies – ABC3 Behind the News

Longhorn Beetle - 3D Titanium Printing by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

ABC3 Behind the News Reporter, Emma Davis, interviews CSIRO Science Art Fellow, Eleanor Gates-Stuart and CSIRO Research Scientist, Dr Chuong Nguyen about their collaboration to produce the 3D Titanium Insects. Watch the video, below:


3D Creepy Crawley Bugs by ABC Behind the News

3D Creepy Crawley Bugs by ABC Behind the News

3D Titanium Bugs on exhibition at Embracing Innovation Volume 3

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery: 18 Jul – 24 Aug 2013
Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra

“Eleanor Gates-Stuart has worked as part of a team also, with scientists and computer experts at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) providing specific expertise. As part of her Canberra Centenary science art commission StellrScopE, the team used a 3D scanner to map weevils and other bugs and insects, and enlarge them with detail intact. Such art and science collaborations are increasingly common, for instance the Synapse initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Network for Technology2 has facilitated collaborations between artists and scientists on a variety of projects over the last ten years.

Artworks produced during Gates-Stuart’s collaboration include two dimensional images and a group of three dimensional bugs printed in titanium and patinated in strong bright colour. The ‘re-birthed’ bugs, enlarged beyond their true size, are strange hybrids; neither toy nor specimen, props perhaps in a science fiction film or animation. Spot lit in the gallery this sense of the filmic is amplified”.

Extract from Embracing Innovation Volume 3 Essay by Dr Patsy Hely

Opening Speech by Peter King:

Mr Peter King is the Manager of Green Growth Partnerships and Design Integration and the Secretariat Australian Design Integration Network at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).


Giant 3D printed bugs shed light on insect anatomy

3D imaging & scanning: Dr Chuong Nguyen and Dr Sherry Mayo

Images are low resolution with watermark – high res’ images available on request

More information can be following on these links:

Beetle Mania Larger Than Life

3D-Printing Giant Bugs Out of Titanium For Science

Giant 3D Printed Bugs Shed Light on Insect Anatomy

StellrScope Banner Poll

StellrScope Exhibition Banners: ‘Oasis’, ‘Weevil’, & ‘WheatEar’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope Exhibition Banners: ‘Oasis’, ‘Weevil’, & ‘WheatEar’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope Exhibition Banners – Please take the poll and help choose which banner


Hot Seeds

Hot Seeds @ CSIRO Discover Centre

Hot Seeds @ CSIRO Discover Centre

Hot Seeds

A Series of Artworks Celebrating the Centenary of Canberra,

Science Art Commission Residency, StellrScope, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

6 August – 15 September, 2013

Open:  Mon – Fri  9.00 am – 5.00 pm    Weekends 11 am – 3 pm

Venue:  CSIRO Discovery Centre

North Science Road, Acton ACT 2601

StellrScope @ Questacon

StellrScope @ Questacon

StellrScope by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Celebrating a Century of Wheat Innovation in Australia from the days of William Farrer to CSIRO Research today

5 August – 1 September, 2013

Open daily between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm

Venue:  Gallery 5, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace Canberra, ACT 2604 Australia

Admission to StellrScope at Questacon is free (conditions apply,  see for information

Seeding the Plant

Image: "Beautiful Mutant & Seeds' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Image: ‘Beautiful Mutant & Seeds’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

3D Beautiful Mutant’ and ‘twoxseeds’ are part of the new virtual crop series being produced for StellrScope. This image includes the wheatear ‘point cloud’ as part of the visualisation process leading the object into other artworks.

Kinect’ing the Dots

Sketch, 'PlantSeedMan' by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Sketch, ‘PlantSeedMan’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

PlantSeedMan Installation Development Research for StellrScope Science Art Commission Project – see post

3D Kinect Body Scanning

3D Kinect Body Scanning (Scans of David Lovell, Chuong Nguyen & Eleanor Gates-Stuart)

Video composition using 3D kinect body scanning by Chuong Nguyen – PlantSeedMan Video and Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Still Image, 'PlantSeedMan' Video Clip by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Still Image, ‘PlantSeedMan’ Video Clip by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

3D Wheat Section

Wheatear Section 3D by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Wheatear Section 3D by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Wheatear CT Scan extracted as a mesh file and reconstructed in Maya. Part of StellrScope research for the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission.

CT scan by Research Scientist, Dr Sherry Mayo (CSIRO)

Image shown – Low res’ image with watermark. High res’ image available – contact Eleanor

IMPRINT: The Journal of the Print Council of Australia

IMPRINT Cover Image, ‘MAGICal B’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

IMPRINT Cover Image, ‘MAGICal B’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

IMPRINT, The Journal of the Print Council of Australia

New Technologies and Alternative Media

Autumn 2013   Volume 48   No. 1 Pages 30/31

IMPRINT Article, ‘StellrScope’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart & Clive Barstow

IMPRINT Article, ‘StellrScope’ by Eleanor Gates-Stuart & Clive Barstow

Article: StellrScope, the Centenary of Canberra’s Science Art Commission by Eleanor Gates-Stuart and Clive Barstow

Journal available: IMPRINT_Article2013





Poster Presented at OzViz 2012 by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Presented  StellrScope, as an update on the Centenary of Canberra 2013 Science Art Commission Project at OzViz 2012 Symposium.

Poster exhibited (as shown) includes Dr Chuong Nguyen (CSIRO)and Dr Xavier Sirault (CSIRO)

OzViz2012 Program

OzViz2012 Posters


StellrScope Logo by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

StellrScope celebrates the story of wheat innovation over the last century, from the days of wheat experimentalist William Farrer to the food futures research of today.

StellrScope is the Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission awarded for 2013. StellrScope Blog

The Centenary Science Art Commission is jointly funded by the ACT Government and the Australian Government and is one of many projects taking place to mark the Centenary of Canberra in 2013. StellrScopE will be completed in 2013 and displayed at Questacon and the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra.


Australian National Insect Collection

Insects ’20×20′ Series by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Reworked images for SPECTRA Conference using high resolution 3D scans from the Australian National Insect Collection ANIC and archives from CSIRO’s Library special collections room of original watercolour insect illustration plates.

Artwork by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

Insect Scans by Dr Chuong Nguyen CSIRO

*Insects Illustration reference:

Original Plates by F. Nanninga (CSIRO) or ‘The Insects of Australia’, Publication by Melbourne University Press, 1970. 

Image also published on×20/

View ’20×20′ Insect Collection Slide Gallery