Born 1966 Gosford.

Lives and works on the Central Coast and Lightning Ridge NSW, Australia.

Jillian's work is informed by the relationship between the body and architecture. She completed her PhD in 2009, that explored how patients respond to hospital environments that underpinned her exhibition "Pain, Anxiety and Boredom" in the dungeons of the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. In 2011, Gates solo exhibition "Corporate Cells" was held at the Lock Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle. She established Sunsiz Media's Lightning Ridge Artist Residency in 2014.

Jillian's personal experience is heavily intertwined with the philosophy of Michel Foucault that questions power structures in relation to the body. She influenced by Bruce Nauman and Bill Viola as she navigates her practice in installation art and digital media.


2020 Master of Teaching (Secondary) Visual Arts. University of New England.
2009 Ph.D. "Aesthetics for Visual Arts in Hospitals." Sydney College of the Arts / Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), University of Sydney.
2005 Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons). University of Newcastle.




Corporate Cells, Lock Up Cultural Centre, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle


What's Going On?, Hong Kong.

  • 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
  • Banal Peepshow Obsession with Limn File, Underbelly, (Public Arts Lab), Carriageworks,Redfern.
  • Growing Whole People: Values # 4 Video, St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney
  • Landscapes, General Practice Waiting Room, Balmain Hospital, Balmain
  • Landscapes, Allied Health Waiting Room, Wyong Hospital, Wyong
  • Generation Y Video, St Andrews Catherdral, Sydney 
  • Kvinna, Pargas Stad-Kultur, Finland



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


Gomeroi gaaynggal promotional video, Department of Rural Health, University of Newcastle, Tamworth. Exhibited at Watts Space, Newcastle.


Gomeroi gaaynggal installation videos, and heartbeat audio, Watts Space, Newcastle. ArtsHealth #3 University of Newcastle


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


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


"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

  • 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




Visual Arts Teacher | NSW Department of Education.

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