Science and the arts

Science and the arts are often thought of as diametrically opposed, but collaborations between people in the arts and sciences are constantly producing new knowledges, and finding new ways to engage people with both the arts and the sciences. 

Through photographs, paintings, interpretive dances, theatrical plays, musical compositions, and written novels, there's vast increasing potential for engagement and critique through art.

Our research investigates:

  • What are the benefits of communicating scientific discovery through theatrical shows?
  • How can art exhibitions be used to inspire scientific investigation in the public arena?
  • How can the boundaries between science and art be shifted?
  • How are science and scientists represented in everyday art, such as postage stamps?

Students undertake research in this theme for undergraduate coursework, postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research.

Contact theme convenor Professor Sue Stocklmayer for more information or click on the tabs below to find relevant people, projects and events.

Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart

It is the catalogue for her FingerCodes exhibition, created as part of her PhD studies at CPAS.

News

18
Aug
2015
The thesis abstract of CPAS PhD graduate Professor Eleanor Gates-Stuart has been ranked one of the top abstracts for the database of Leonardo: The International Society for the...
01
Jul
2015
CPAS is delighted to announce that five talented visual thinkers will be awarded prizes in its science communication image compeition. The competition was organized because of the...
16
Feb
2015
Former CPAS PhD student and Dr Chris Yardley has documented the creativity, diversity and politics behind postage stamps featuring science and scientist imagery, in a new book...
12
Dec
2013
CPAS PhD student Eleanor Gates-Stuart has been awarded a Canberra Critics Circle Award for her breathtaking Science Art exhibition, StellrScope. The award is a wonderful tribute...
14
Aug
2013
CPAS PhD candidate Eleanor Gates-Stuart's science art exhibition, 'StellrScope', celebrating the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, has opened at Questacon. The exhibition was...
05
Apr
2013
CPAS PhD student Eleanor Gates-Stuart has won a commission to produce a science artwork as part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations in 2013. Jointly funded by the ACT and...

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