Left side of brain is analytical and black and white, where the right side of the brain is colorful and creative.

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.

Image by Eleanor Gates-Stuart. It is the catalogue for her FingerCodes exhibition, created as part of her PhD studies at CPAS.


Communication of science, the expression of science through art, and art through science.

The goal of the Engaging Visions Research Project was to configure a model procedure for visual artists to participate in, and/or engage with, Murray Darling Basin catchment communities to help address environmental concerns.

My aim in applying repetitive still life and landscape form in my photographs is to show something of these woodlands – past, present and possible future.

This project sets out to explore, apply and evaluate the effectiveness of how current theories, lessons and techniques could be used to generate awareness of an environmental issue via a creative platform.

For more information about this project please contact cpas@anu.edu.au.



Professor of Creative Industries
Charles Sturt University