Debbie Symons CV

Born Melbourne 1970

Debbie Symons is a multidisciplinary artist whose work utilizes environmental data to investigate and interrogate mankind’s ecological conundrum and the discourse pertaining to this situation. Born in Melbourne, Symons’ formative training was at Victoria College Prahran (VCA) in the fields of painting and printmaking; she is currently completing a PhD on Anthropocentrism and the Environmental Dilemma at Monash University. 
Symons’ video works have been exhibited internationally and nationally, through the International Urban Screen Association; London, Madrid, Korea, Barcelona, New York, New Zealand & Brisbane. She is currently working with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to investigate the effects of business development/growth on Red List animal and plant species. Recent projects based on this research have been support by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Solo Exhibitions
2011     Making Sense, exhibiting partner Jasmine Targett, Craft Victoria, 
2011     Arrivals / Departures, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray
2010     Profits / Populations – It’s all Numbers (Amazon Rainforest), Urban Screen, Federation Square, commencing      
            World Environment Day, June 5, 2010 till July 10, 2010.           
2009     World Species Market, 2009, 10 Urban Screens, Global Exhibition. 
            Nov 9th – Dec 5th.
2009     World Species Market, 2008 Urban Screen, Federation Square. 
            World Environment Day.June 5th - 4th July.
2009     Losing the Unique, exhibiting partner Jasmine Targett, Shifted 
            Gallery, Richmond, Victoria.
2009     Inside the Realm of Invisible Spheres, exhibiting partner Jasmine Targett, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford.

Selected Group Exhibitions    
2011     Lorne Sculpture 2011 – Lorne at Night, Lorne
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,
2008     30x30x30 Staff & Students of the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash 
            University Faculty Gallery, Caulfield East.
2005-07 Lighthouse Foundation Charity Auction & Exhibition, The Cherry 
             Tree Hotel, Richmond.

2011     Artabase, Debbie Symons uses video art to highlight endangered 
            animal species, Artabase Blog, January 31
2010     SymbioticA – Adaptation, Biodiversity Art Online Showcase - 
            Debbie Symons, Adaptation Blog, November 21.
2010     ArtLink, Changing Climates. Editor Stephanie Britton. Dec –Feb 
            2010 edition
2009     The Age, The Bells Tolls for Species around the Globe and the 
            terrible truth can be charted at Fed Square, Dr. Robert Nelson. 
            June 9.
2009     Melbourne Jeweller, Losing the Unique at Shifted, K.Thompson. 
            September 18.
2009     Melbourne Jeweller, Inside the Realm of Invisible Spheres at 
            c3 Contemporary Art Space. K.Thompson, July 16.
2008     Monash University Art & Design Postgraduate Course Catalogue 
            – Student Profiles

Awards & Grants
2010-11        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 - $10,000.
2009            Monash University Research Publication Grant.
2008            Letter of Commendation from the Board of Examiners, 
                   Faculty of Art and Design, Monash Uni.

Professional Related Experience
2010            Tipping Point participant - Melbourne
2010            Environmental Change – Cultural Change – 
                   Bath University U.K. Paper presented.
2008- 11       Research with the International Union for the Conservation 
                   of Nature and Natural Resources.
2008 & 09    Research and development with the International Urban 
                   Screens Association.
2007 & 06     Project assisted for the Lighthouse Foundation Gallery Auction.

July2008-12  Currently completing a PhD- Fine Art – Drawing, Faculty 
                   of Art and Design, Monash University.
Feb  2008    Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts – Monash University.
1990-1992    Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting, Victoria College Prahran.
1988-1989    Advanced Certificate of Art and Design, Box Hill 
                   College of Technical and Further Education.

Professional Memberships
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) – Member since 2008.
Synapse – The Australian Network for Art & Technology ANAT – Member since 2011.