Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 Debbie Symons – Heritage Hill Residency Exhibition, Harmony Square Exhibition Windows, Dandenong, VIC
  • 2015 Counting One to Four: Nature morte, Galerie Prodromus, Paris.
  • 2015 Counting One to Four: Nature morte, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • 2015 Counting One to Four: Atmosphere, Linden New Art, St Kilda.
  • 2015 The Politics of Perception, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell.
  • 2015 Amazonia, MARS Gallery, Windsor.
  • 2014 Trade, Linden Innovators, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda.
  • 2013 PhD Exhibition, Urban Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • 2011 Tracking (Antarctica), Urban Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • 2011 Making Sense, Craft Victoria, Melbourne.
  • 2011 Arrivals and Departures, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray.
  • 2010 Profits/Populations–It’s all Numbers (Amazon Rainforest), Urban Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • 2009 World Species Market, 2009, 10 Urban Screens, Global Exhibition.
  • 2009 World Species Market, 2008 Urban Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  • 2009 Losing the Unique, Shifted Gallery, Richmond, Victoria.
  • 2009 Inside the Realm of Invisible Spheres, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Gordon, NSW
  • 2019 Parallel Universe, curated by Felicity Spear, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Finalist, South Australian Museum, SA
  • 2017 Artist in Residency Exhibition, Heritage Hill, Dandenong
  • 2017 Fossil – a slow-acting violence, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2017 Ocean Imaginaries, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE, 2017
  • 2017 Digital – The World of Alternative Worlds, Justin Art House Museum, Prahran, VIC
  • 2016 John Fries Award, Finalist, UNSW Galleries, NSW
  • 2016 Sign o’ the Times, NotFair Art Fair, 524 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC
  • 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Finalist, South Australian Museum, SA
  • 2016 Melbourne Central Art Loop curated by [MARS] Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2016 Group Exhibition, Galerie Prodromus, Paris
  • 2015 CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
  • 2015 Planetary – A View From the Cloud, Counting One to Four: Nature morte, Streaming Museum and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City.
  • 2015 The Catchments Project, Creative Spaces: Carlton Connect Studio, LAB-14, Carlton for CLIMARTE’s Festival: Art+Climate=Change, 2015
  • 2014 The Incinerator Art Award – Art for Social Change, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds
  • 2014 The River Derwent Heavy Metals Project, MONA, Tasmania. Symons’ was a member of an interdisciplinary team of artists, architects and scientists that developed a major architectural project for MONA.
  • 2014 Linden Art Prize, Prize winner, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda
  • 2013 WWF Earth Hour Creative Arts Award, Finalist, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • 2012 Re-Imagining the Global: Culture & Climate Change, Monash University, Caulfield
  • 2012 Us & Them – Umwelten, RMIT Project Space Spare Room, Carlton, VIC
  • 2012 Albury Digital Art Outdoor Gallery, Q-View, Albury, NSW
  • 2011 Imagining the Future 2112, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2011 Albury Digital Art Outdoor Gallery, QEII Square, Albury, NSW
  • 2010 Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist, The Substation, Williamstown
  • 2009 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda
  • 2008 The Secret Life of Numbers – The 2008 Ellen Mileo Contemporary Art Prize – Finalist. 69 Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2008 30x30x30 Staff & Students of the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University Faculty Gallery


Awards, Grants & Residencies

  • 2018 LABVERDE Residency, Manaus, Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
  • 2017 Art / Politics / Action Artist Intensive, A Centre for Everything, Melbourne part of CLIMARTE’s Festival: Art+Climate=Change, 2017
  • 2017 Heritage Hill Residency, Dandenong City Council, Dandenong, VIC
  • 2015 Vic Arts Grant, Creative Victoria.
  • 2015 The Catchments Project, Residency at Creative Spaces: Carlton Connect Studio,  LAB-14, Melbourne VIC ~ Funded by the City of Melbourne for CLIMARTE’s Festival: Art + Climate = Change 2015 (Feb-June).
  • 2014 Linden Art Prize – Awarded the [MARS] Gallery prize
  • 2010 & 2011 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award Monash University
  • 2010 Monash University Travel Grant $3000
  • 2009 New Work, Emerging Artist Grant, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts
  • 2009, 2010 & 2011 Monash University Research Publication Grant
  • 2008 Letter of Commendation from the Board of Examiners, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University

Professional Related Experience

  • 2017 Judging Panel, Burrinja’s Climate Change Biennale, Burrinja Gallery, Upwey
  • 2017 Presenter, Data Politics and Automated Aesthetics Workshop. Hosted by the Institute for Culture and Society Digital Life research program, Western Sydney University
  • 2016 Presenter, TWO CULTURES: A forum on global cultural collaborations with art & scienceHosted by Asialink & The Carlton Connect Initiative, Melbourne University
  • 2015 – 2017 ASLEC – ANZ Secretary.
  • 2015 Presenter, The Historical Roots of an Emerging Practice: Art and Sustainability. Hosted by Perceptive Power RMIT Design Hub
  • 2014 Presenter, Meet the Artist. Hosted by Linden Gallery, Nite Art and Melbourne Now, NGV.
  • 2014 Presenter, Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions 5th ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.
  • 2013 Presenter, On Species: Narrative, Indigeneity, Ecology, Afterlife. Symposium hosted by the School of Culture and Communication, Melbourne University.
  • 2012 Presenter, Westspace on Sustainability and the Arts, Westspace. Hosted by the City of Melbourne and CLIMARTE.
  • 2012 Presenter,  Sustainability and the Arts Workshop, SIGNAL. Hosted by the City of Melbourne and CLIMARTE.
  • 2011 to 2013, Student Representative, Committee of Graduate Studies, Monash University.
  • 2011 Participant, Tipping Point. Melbourne.
  • 2010 Presenter, Environmental Change – Cultural Change. Symposium hosted by ASLE-UK, EASLCE, I-SEE and Bath University U.K.
  • 2008 to 2012, Research with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
  • 2008 to 2009, Research and development with the International Urban Screens Association.
  • 2004 to 2007, Project assisted for the Lighthouse Foundation Gallery Auction.

Published Writings


  • 2014 Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University.
  • 2008 Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts – Monash University.
  • 1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting, Victoria College Prahran.
  • 1989 Advanced Certificate of Art and Design, Box Hill College of Technical and Further Education.

Selected Professional Memberships

  • RMIT Art & Environmental Sustainability Cluster
  • Synapse – The Australian Network for Art & Technology ANAT
  • The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ)