Debbie Symons

World Species Market, 2011.

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Debbie Symons was born in 1970 in Melbourne, Australia. 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 with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship. Her work utilizes environmental data to investigate and interrogate the inextricable links between environmental degradation and free market capitalism; exploring mankind’s ecological conundrum. She has worked with scientific organisation such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species to facilitate the statistical information basis pertaining to her works. 

Symons’ works have been shown internationally through the International Urban Screen Association and nationally; Urban Screens, Federation Square, RMIT Gallery, Albury Digital Outdoor Gallery, Craft Victoria, Trocadero Art Space, Shifted Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, The Substation and 69 Smith St Gallery. Symons’ was awarded the Emerging Artist New Work grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2009.  

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Solo Exhibitions
2011 Tracking (Antarctica), Urban Screen, Federation Square Melbourne
2011 Arrivals / Departures, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray
2010 June Profits/Populations - It's all Numbers, 2010, Urban Screen, Federation Square Melbourne.
2009 November World Species Market (2009 Red List Update), International Urban Screens Association - Global Urban Screen Exhibition.
2009 June World Species Market, Urban Screen, Federation Square. World Environment Day - June 5th till the 4th of July 2009.

Selected Group Exhibitions    

2012 Us and Them - Unwelten, RMIT Project Space Spare Room, Carlton, VIC
2012 Albury Digital Art Outdoor Gallery, QEII Square, Albury, NSW
2011 Making Sense, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 Imagining the Future 2112, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 Albury Digital Art Outdoor Gallery, QEII Square, Albury, NSW.
2010 Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist, The Substation, Williamstown, VIC.
2009 Losing the Unique, exhibiting partner Jasmine Targett, Shifted Gallery, Richmond, VIC.
2009 Inside the realm of invisible spheres, exhibiting partner Jasmine Targett, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, VIC.
2009 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, VIC.
2008 The Secret Life of Numbers – The 2008 Ellen Mileo Contemporary Art Prize – Finalist. 69 Smith Street Gallery, Collingwood, VIC.
2008 30x30x30 Staff & Students of the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Caulfield East, VIC.
2006 & 2007 Lighthouse Foundation Charity Auction & Exhibition, The Cherry Tree Hotel, Richmond, VIC.
2005 Lighthouse Foundation Charity Auction & Exhibition, Blu Pols Café, Prahran, VIC.
1992 Graduate Exhibition, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, VIC.
1990 Prahran Painters Exhibition,Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, St Kilda, VIC.
1988 Box Hill Graduate Exhibition, Box Hill TAFE Gallery, Box Hill, VIC.

Professional Related Experience
2010 Tipping Point Participant - Melbourne
2010 International Conference - Environmental Change - Cultural Change, University of Bath. Paper presented.
2007 & 2006 Project assisted for the Lighthouse Foundation Gallery Auction.

Selected Bibliography

2012 The Age, The State of Reimagined Fates, Andrew Stephens, Jan 14
2012 The Age, Apocalytic Visions Meet Utopian Vistas, Dr. Robert Nelson, Jan 11
2011 2112 Imagining the Future Catalogue, Contemporary Art as Futuristic Fiction - All that is Solid Melts into Air, Professor Linda Williams.
2011 Beyond Zero Emissions, Beyond Zero talks to artists Debbie Symons & Jasmine Targett on the collaboration between artists and scientist to look at the view of climate change.
2011 Caron Arts, Making Sense Debbie Symons and Jasmine Targett
2011 Artabase, Debbie Symons uses video art to highlight endangered animal species, Artabase Blog, January 31.
2010 SymbioticA - Adapation, Biodiversity Art Online Showcase - Debbie Symons, Adaptation Blog, November 21.
2010 Artlink, Changing Climates, Ed Stephanie Britton. Vol 29 No4
2009 ‘The bell tolls for species around the globe and the terrible truth can be charted at Fed Square’. Dr. Robert Nelson, The Age, Melbourne 10.06.2009
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 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award, Monash University
2010 Monash University Travel Grant
2009 Grant recipient from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts – New Work Emerging Artist         
2009 Grant recipient from Monash University Art & Design Faculty – Research Publications Grant.
2008 Letter of Commendation from the Board of Examiners, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University


July 2008 Currently completing a PhD – 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.

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