Gabrielle Bates is a Sydney-based artist and writer who explores how we remember, understand and experience place.

Gabrielle studied and taught at Sydney College of the Arts and The University of Newcastle. In 1993 she moved to Melbourne to work for 69 Smith Street Gallery and the Australian Council for University Art & Design Schools. During this time, her ‘Self Portrait with Red Beads’ was a finalist in the Portia Geach Prize for female portraiture and her ‘Guns n ‘Brownies’ solo show was a sell-out success. In 2007 Gabrielle was accepted for a year-long residency at Rimbun Dahan in Kuala Lumpur, followed by residencies in Penang and Manila. Her art works have been included in the North Sydney Art Prize, Mandorla Art Prize, Greenway Art Prize and Wollongong Bicentennial Sculpture Award. A survey of her paintings produced in Malaysia was held at Victoria University in 2010 and she has produced 11 solo exhibitions to date. Currently a Higher Degree Research candidate at UNSW Art & Design, Gabrielle is investigating the vital role that marginal narratives play in the creation and protection of place. Creative writing is a component of her practice, manifesting in prize-winning short stories and a first novel currently in its fifth draft.



1999 University of Sydney, Honours Class 1
1995 University of Sydney, Bachelor of Visual Arts
1992 Northern Institute of TAFE, Associate Diploma of Fine Art