Cross-disciplinary folk artist/illustrator based in Melbourne. Inspired by culture and celebration. Community based, covering a range of styles in both digital and traditional mediums. A confident use of colour and figurative approach conjours memories of childhood, paying homage to the illustrative artists/designers of the 60’s and 70’s, with a contemporary sophistication. Co-director of Arts Initiative Akimbo Collective.

Work Samples

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009

Work History

Email:: belindasuzette@gmail.com Sites:: www.belindasuzette.com (under construction) www.redbubble.com/people/belindasuzette www.belindasuzette.blogspot.com www.myspace.com/belindasuzette www.akimbocollective.blogspot.com Employment: 2010:: HIGH VIEWS Installation for Northern Exposure Festival, Melbourne :: Mural for the Piggabeen & Cobaki Communities Centenary 2008/10:: Freelance Illustrator and Designer Clients include: Brisbane City Council/Suitcase Rummage RabbitHound/Darebin City Council/NMIT/Connie Choo Jelly Tub Rollers/Toi Boi Shy/Four Thousand/Peppermint 2009:: Mural for The Co-Op Shop, Lygon Street Melbourne VIC 2009:: HIGH VIEWS Installation for Northern Exposure Festival, Melbourne 2007/10:: Akimbo Collective Artist Run Initiative – Co-director 2005/06:: Artworkers Alliance (Brisbane, QLD) – Program Officer 1992/02:: Customs Wharf Gallery (Melbourne, VIC) – Gallery Attendant Education:  2010:: Bachelor of Illustration -North Melbourne Institute of TAFE deferred 2008/09:: Diploma of Illustration – North Melbourne Institute of TAFE 2005/06:: Certificate III in Arts Administration – QLD TAFE 1995/08:: Bachelor of Visual Arts – School of Contemporary Arts, Southern Cross University Solo Exhibitions:  2007:: RECENT WORKS, Love From Lucy – Gold Coast – QLD Group Exhibitions:  2010:: HIGH VIEW NORTHERN EXPOSURE FESTIVAL, Open Studio Melbourne 2010:: HIGH VIEW NORTHERN EXPOSURE FESTIVAL, Green Butterfly Melb. 2010:: DESPERATE SPACES, PS Gallery – Brisbane QLD 2010:: MELBURN REPREZENT - WE LOVE MELBURN, Per Square Metre Melb. 2009:: Arts Industry Awards, A Space – Melbourne VIC 2009:: Illustrators Australia Presents 9x5=20, Space 39 – Melbourne Int. Fringe Festival VIC 2009:: 696 Presents GET TRUCKED, Per Square Metre, Semi-Permanent Festival Melbourne 2009:: ILLUSTRE Graduate Show, Chapel Off Chapel - Melbourne VIC 2009:: ZINE Launch, Disco Beans Arts Space - Melbourne VIC 2009:: HIGH VIEW NORTHERN EXPOSURE FESTIVAL, Open Studio Melbourne 2009:: HIGH VIEWS NORTHERN EXPOSURE FESTIVAL, Imagine Me Melb. 2009:: BUSHFIRE APPEAL Charity Auction, Brunswick St Art Gallery Melb. 2008:: TOTEM Melbourne International Fringe Festival – Federation Square 2007:: 25 SACKS FOR YOUR BACK, Crumpler, Melbourne Int. Fringe Fest. 2007:: OPEN:SPACE, Arthorse, TCB shopping arcade - Brisbane QLD 2007:: OPEN:HOUSE, Arthorse, The Old Post Office Gallery – Gold Coast 2007:: WONDERLAND Festival, Bandwagon – Gold Coast QLD 2007:: BLUBBER Festival, Akimbo Collective – NNSW / QLD border 2001:: KONG Kollaborative, ROAR Studios – Melbourne VIC 2000:: ARTZINE, Spencer Street Gallery – Melbourne VIC 2000:: KONG Kollaborative, Chiara Goya Gallery – Melbourne VIC 2000:: KONG Kollaborative, Smith Street Gallery – Melbourne VIC 1999:: KONG Kollaborative, Melbourne Arts Club Gallery – VIC Awards: 2010:: Winner of the SILO Contemporary Illustration Manual Cover Comp 2010:: Finalist for the SPART Awards, Outstanding Vocational Student Of The Year 2010:: Nominated for the Victorian Student Of The Year Awards 2010:: Nominated for the NMIT Outstanding Student Of The Year Award 2009:: NMIT Arts Industry Awards – Departmental Commendation 2009:: ILLUSTRE Grad Show – Neil Wallace Art Store Award for Innovation 2008:: NMIT Industry Foundation Study Grant Recipient 2006:: Nominated for Trainee of The Year Award Publication:  2010:: “Silo: Contemporary Illustration” Manual cover feature June 10 2009:: Craft Find Of The Week – HandMadeLife July 09 2009:: Arcilla, M.E. “Hear: Connie Choo” Four Thousand Magazine July 09 2009:: Sheenan, K. “Draw You In: Sunscreen” Peppermint Magazine Nov 09 2009:: Morgan, N. “Australian Artists Feel The Pinch’ a-n magazine Jun 09 2009:: Chang, J. “Creative: Practitioner and Space” ongoing photo-investigation 2009:: AvantCard Post Card, Selected for print and distribution throughout Australia 2009:: Longhurst, R. “Speaking From The Gap’ Lip Mag, Issue 17 Summer 2008:: Eastman, B. “We Are The Image Makers”, Issue 14 January 2008 2007:: Hogg, V. "Gold Coast Art Gang" J Arts Crew, The Program 11/10 2000:: “Kongcrete Talking” Artzine Published by Kong Kollaborative, 2 Issues Curatorial Projects:  2010:: Silo Contemporary Illustration Manual 2009/10:: Akimbo Collective Presents ‘Harvester Of Hearts’ multi-media art performance & Installation - Brisbane QLD 2009:: ‘Illustre 09’ Art Show, Chapel Off Chapel – Melbourne VIC 2009:: ‘Claustrophobia’ Zine Launch, Disco Beans Art Space – Melbourne 2008/10:: Akimbo Collective Presents ‘The Happenings’ – Melbourne VIC 2007:: Akimbo Collective Presents BLUBBER Art, Craft and Performance Festival – NNSW/QLD 2005:: ARC: Art, Design & Craft Biennial, Artworkers Alliance- Brisbane

Education

Southern Cross University, North Melbourne Institute of TAFE

Specialties

Affiliations

Artworkers Alliance, Illustrators Australia

Awards

2010:: Winner of the SILO Contemporary Illustration Manual Cover Comp 2010:: Finalist for the SPART Awards, Outstanding Vocational Student Of The Year 2010:: Nominated for the Victorian Student Of The Year Awards 2010:: Nominated for the NMIT Outstanding Student Of The Year Award

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