Summary

Debbie Symons’ works have shown internationally; The International Urban Screen Association, The Streaming Museum, New York and Galerie Prodromus, Paris. Locally, Symons’ has exhibited her works at [MARS] Gallery, Craft Victoria, Linden New Art, RMIT Gallery,
Latrobe Regional Gallery. Her works are held in a number of private collections within Australia. She recently completed a residency at Billilla Historic Mansion. In 2018, Symons was invited to participant in LABVERBE, an art and science residency held at the Adolpho Ducke Forest Reserve, Amazon rainforest, Manaus.

Upcoming Exhibitions, Residencies and Seminars

  • Research paper in From the Indian Ocean, edited by Camila Maissune, (Mozambique), Co-edited and Art Directed by visual artist Paulo Arraiano, (Portugal).

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 Sing, Bayside Gallery, Brighton, VIC
  • 2020 The Butterfly Effect, ZAZ10TS, Urban Screen and Gallery, Times Square, New York City, USA
  • 2019 Counting One to Four: Nature morte, SDNow, RMIT University, Melbourne.
  • 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

  • 2023 Bayside Local, Finalist, Bayside Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2023 Listening Earth, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne 
  • 2022 Room to Reverse, Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, Ringwood.
  • 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Prize Touring exhibition, National Archives of Australia Canberra
  • 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australia Museum. Highly Commended
  • 2022 The Nature of the Future, Leu Art Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee USA
  • 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW
  • 2021 Biosphere, curated by Felicity Spear, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2021 Steph Hodgins-May Art Auction, Brightspace Art Gallery, St Kilda, VIC
  • 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
  • 2021 Biosphere, curated by Felicity Spear, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2021 Beyond Words, Streaming Museum and World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Online Exhibition to mark COP 26 UN’s Climate Change Conference, Glasgow
  • 2021 Floating Land, Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD
  • CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra”, finalist, Lecce, Italy
  • 2021 Biodiversity, in.cube8r Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
  • 2020 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, St Kilda, VIC
  • 2020 Art Aid Gippsland, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC
  • 2020 Small Mercies, River Studios, West Melbourne, VIC
  • 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

 

Publications

 

 

Awards, Grants & Residencies

  • 2021 Highly Commended, Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize 2021, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW
  • 2020 – 2021 Bayside Artist Studio at Billilla Historic Mansion
  • 2020 James Cook University Residency, College of Science and Engineering, Cairns.
  • 2019 Copyright Agency, CREATE Cultural Fund Grant
  • 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

  • 2022 Fragile Earth: Extinction Symposium – Panel member, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC
  • 2021 Feeling Data, Experimenta, Presenter
  • 2021 Art and Science: Communication and Collaboration panel discussion, Bayside Gallery
  • 2021 MPavilion MTALKS Art as Action: Ecology, Resilience & Sustainability. 
  • 2019 – 2021 Associate, School of Art, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University
  • 2019 Tutor, Art Enterprise Workshop, Sculpture, School of Art, RMIT University
  • 2019 Judging Panel, OptiKA, Kingston Arts Photographic Art Prize, Moorabbin
  • 2019 Presenter SDNow, Asia-Pacific conference about design, strategy, ethics, and futures, hosted by RMIT University, Melbourne
  • 2018 – 2021 Lecturer, Masters of Design, MADA, Monash University
  • 2018 Tutor, Data Exploration and Visualisation, Faculty of IT, Monash University
  • 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

 

Education

  • 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

  • AEGIS Research 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)