Born 1966, Gosford, Australia
Lives and works on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia

Gates work is informed by social relationships between the body and architecture, whether it be how patients respond to hospital environments which underpinned her exhibition “Pain, Anxiety and Boredom” in the dungeons of the Sydney College of the Arts in 2009, to her most recent exhibition “Corporate Cells” held at the Lock Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle.

Gates personal experience is heavily intertwined with the philosophy of Michel Foucault, and other artists questioning power structures in relation to the body. The influences of Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola and Susan Norrie guide Gates through the history of installation art and digital media to generate her own interpretation of issues in conjunction with twenty- first century technology



Ph.D. Philosophy. Visual Arts Research, Sydney College of the Arts / Medical Humanities Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM),     University of Sydney


Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons). University of Newcastle

2004 Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Newcastle
1996 Certificate in Fine Art, St George TAFE


2011 Corporate Cells, Lock Up Cultural Centre, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle
2010 What's Going On?, Hong Kong.
2009 Video installations - Pain, Anxiety and Boredom. Post Graduate Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney Pain, Anxiety, and Boredom. Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Art on Record, Vol 2, APW Gallery, Long Island, New York
2008 Banal Peepshow Obsession with Limn File, Underbelly, (Public Arts Lab), Carriageworks, Redfern
Growing Whole People: Values # 4 Video, St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney
Experiments, General Practice Waiting Room, Balmain Hospital, Balmain
Experiments, Allied Health Waiting Room, Wyong Hospital, Wyong
2007 Generation Y Video, St Andrews Catherdral, Sydney Kvinna, Pargas Stad-Kultur, Finland
2006 Central Coast Festival, Gosford Showground, Gosford Verge 2006 Arts Festival, University of Sydney Babushka, The Rogue Gallery, Long Jetty Video Asylum, Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Newtown Mission Art Exhibition, Newtown
2005 Felt; an immersive experience; University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus F3XIT Exhibition; Parliament House, Sydney Gosford Art Prize; Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, NSW Illuminart; Marrickville City Council. Projection of Felt
2004 Korea 05, Eo Gallery, Kariong Parklands Femme Finale, University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus Building 27, Eo Gallery, Kariong Parklands
Emerging Artists', Gosford Regional Library, Erina Fair
2003 Gender Seminar Exhibition, University of Newcastle.
2002 Student Acquisition Prize, Watt Space, University of Newcastle.
2000 Asthma NSW, St Leonards, NSW.
1999 Blackwattle Studio Gallery, Glebe, NSW. North Newtown Public School Art Prize, Newtown.



Fast 4 Tennis Promotion: Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt. Assistance Director for Ambience Productions in partnership with Tennis Australia. 

2010 Gomeroi gaaynggal promotional video, Department of Rural Health, University of Newcastle, Tamworth. Exhibited at Watts Space, Newcastle.
Gomeroi gaaynggal installation videos, and hearbeat audio, Watts Space, Newcastle. ArtsHealth #3 University of Newcastle
2009 Cultural Day installation video - The Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize (WAAP 2009). University Gallery, University of Newcastle. Callaghan.
2008 Growing Whole People - Values # 4. St Andrews Cathedral School. Collaboration with Yr7-11 students & Paul FitzGerald. 3mins
Emergency Exit Series - Patient Down, Featuring Melinda Shackman - 4mins
Banal Peepshow Obsession Installation Video.Limn File, Underbelly (Public Arts Lab) Carriageworks, Redfern- 3mins
2007 Generation Y Video, St Andrews Cathedral School. Collaboration with Yr 10 students & Paul FitzGerald. 4mins Adam Hill, Drawing Workshop, St Andrews Cathedral School, Gawura Unit. 55mins
2006 Alexandra's Hafla, November 2006, live performance, Toukley RSL. 130 mins
Interview, Conversation between Jillian Gates & Mary Wenholz, Sydney College of the Arts, 35mins
Shameela's Springtime Hafla 2006, live performance, Gosford RSL. 120 mins
Slow smoke, installation video, 2mins looped
2005 Felt; an immersive experience. A projection on a semi-circular screen,10mins looped
Interview:Julie Rrap, Sydney, Australia, 42mins
Interview:Susan Norrie, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 38mins
Interview:Jytte Rex, Copenhagen, Denmark, 35mins
Interview:Kassandra Wellendorf, Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, 45mins
2004 Earth Memory, installation film, looped 5mins
Three Degrees, a documentary of three emerging artists, collaboration with Peta Werlemann.45mins
Bring a Plate, short film, collaboration with Peta Werlemann. 10mins
Beach Energy, installation film, looped 5mins
One Balloon, installation film, looped 3mins

Conference Papers / Seminar Presentations

2010 "The grey areas of contemporary Aboriginal art and how the appropriation of Aboriginal symbols and Western art theory provides the platform of awareness and sedition", Seminar Presentation, University of Newcastle, Australia
2009 "The Potential for Landscape Photography in Healthcare Settings", International Arts and Health Conference, Port Macquarie.
2008 "The Reception of Visual Arts in Hospitals" ArtsHealth Conference # 2, University of Newcastle.
2007 "The Final Act: Susan Sontag & Annie Leibovitz", ArtsHealth Symposium #1, University of Newcastle, Newcastle.
"The Final Act: Susan Sontag & Annie Leibovitz", Seminar Presentation, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
"The Artist as Surveyor: An Aged Response to Public Art in Hospitals", Seminar Presentation, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia
"The Intersection of Ethics & Phenomenology: An Artist as Surveyor in Hospitals", 5th Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine & Ethics, University of Lugano, Switzerland.
"The Public in Public Art: A Qualitative & Quantitative Research Analysis for the Production of Art in Hospitals", 2nd International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Granada, Spain
"The Artist as Surveyor: An Aged Response to Public Art in Hospitals", 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, American University-Paris, France


2011 Gates, J. "Aesthetics for Visual Arts in Hospitals",
2008 Gates, J. " In Response to the ArtsHealth Symposium #1 - University of Newcastle" Medical Humanities Newsletter, November/December, Medical Humanities Unit, University of Sydney, 2008.p 3-5
Gates, J. "An Inquiry: Aesthetics of Art in Hospitals", Australian Family Physician Journal, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, South Melbourne, September 2008 Vol 37, (9), pp 761 - 763
2007 Gates J. "Review: Roundtable Discussion Art in Hospitals - UTS Gallery" Medical Humanities Newsletter, May/June, Medical Humanities Unit, University of Sydney, 2008. p 6
Gates J. "Jillian Gates: Art in Hospital", Medical Humanities Newsletter Jan/Feb, Medical Humanities Unit, University of Sydney, 2008, pp 4-6
Gates J. " Public Art in Hospitals: An Analysis of the Production of Art in Hospitals".The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.C.G.Publishing. Melbourne, 2007 Vol 2, No 3, pp 359 - 368

Curatorial Roles

2010 Mixed Messages, Indigenous Group Show, Watt Space, Newcastle
Belangee: Skin - Songlines, Watt Space, Newcastle
2009 The Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize (WAAP 2009), University Gallery, University of Newcastle, Callaghan


2008 University of Sydney. SCA. Postgraduate Research Support Scheme.
2007 University of Sydney. SCA. Postgraduate Research Support Scheme.


2015 -

Compliance Office, TMS, North Sydney. 


Creative Arts & Sociology, Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University

2010 - 15

Sales Consultant & Tech Support. Digital Appeal (Apple Authorised Reseller), Erina

2009 - 10

Arts Project Officer / Tutor. The Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle

2006 - 09

Tutor - Fine Art, Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University

2007 - 08

Artist in Residence. St Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney