Suzi Lyon

BA in Contemporary Visual Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education, Certificate of Graphic Design

VET Lecturer in Visual Arts

Following study in a degree in Visual Arts, Suzi was a founding member of the Union Street Design Studio, where she worked for a number of years as a ceramics designer.

She began teaching community groups, youth on remand and differently abled students, before teaching at Lismore TAFE. Realising that there was a lot in teaching and that she really enjoyed it, she decided to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education.

She has been in Alice Springs at what is now Charles Darwin University for 16 years. Suzi teaches in the arts program to a broad range of students,  in the Higher Education program, both remote indigenous and urban delivery. She loves teaching, and particularly working with Aboriginal women who have taught her much about their culture and of a different way of being.

Suzi is very involved in arts related activities in Alice Springs, for schools and local galleries and events. She is also a member of the Watch This Space gallery management committee.

Her own arts practice is mixed media drawing, printmaking, photography and she regularly exhibits in group and solo shows locally and interstate.


  • Ceramics design, production and marketing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

Solo exhibitions

2012   Looking for Turtles, Araluen, Alice Springs
2007   Projection from Side of Wall, Watch this Space, Alice Springs
2008   The Art Space, CDU, Darwin, NT

Selected exhibitions

2014   Touch, Co-curated with Mel Robson, WTS Alice Springs
2012   Now I lay me down to sleep, Chan Contemporary Artspace, Darwin
2011   Sequences and Cycles, Araluen Art Gallery
2009   Evolve, Artspace CDU, Darwin
2009   Fishtails in the dust, Watch this Space, Alice Springs
2008   Advocate Art Award, Alice Springs
2007   Finalists - National Photographic Portrait Prize, Old Parliament House, Canberra
2007   Alice in View, Alice Springs windows exhibition
2006   Revelation, Melbourne Cancer Council, Melbourne Shepperton, Kyneton, Gippsland
2003   transpor, The Art factory, Melbourne
2002   SOS Installation Todd river , Alice Springs
2002   The Leaving, Margaret St Window, Scotts Church Artist Society, Artport  Festival, Sydney
2001   Outspaced, Watch this Space, Alice Springs
2001   5 Degrees Off  The Arts shed, Alice Springs
2000   Postcard The Artshed, Alice Springs
1999   Interior, Exterior, Barebones Artspace - Bangalow
1998   Colors, Contemporary Art and Design Gallery, Brisbane
1998   New Work, Union Street Design Studio Inc, Object Gallery, Sydney
1998   The Teapot Show, Distelfink, Melbourne
1998   Past Tense Future Perfect, Touring Exhibition, Craftwest & Object Gallery, Perth/Sydney
1998   Elvis Has Left The Building, Barebones Artspace - Bangalow
1996   Ensemble, Craftspace – The Rocks, Sydney
1992   Objects of Desire- Waldron Gallery, Bond University, Gold Coast



2014 A project of many10,000 of tiny pinch pots made by community interaction and engagement over 6 months. Installed as an arial “carpet” view of the  Central Australian desert landscape within a artists run gallery. To morph into a number of open air installations responding to site and again with community involvement before the work is recycled back into plastic useable clay. Curated by Mel Robson and Suzi Lyon

The Artcic Circle Arts residency

June 2014. Body work in progress following this residency-drawings, sound, video and photography

Baer Residency

Iceland, one month, mid year 2015


1992   From Reykjavic to Northern Rivers – International Children’s exhibition of drawings and paintings from 13
countries, travelling to Lismore, Sydney, Melbourne and France


1995   Australia Council Studio equipment grant $20,000, with Union St design Studio, Lismore, NSW
1997   Australia Council business partnership grant $18,000 with Union St Design Studio, Lismore NSW
2014   Quick response grant , $1500 NT Arts
2010   Quick response grant, $1500 NT Arts
2010   Quick response grant, $1500 NT ARTS


2014   The Arctic Circle Svalbard
2010   Redgate Art Gallery  Beijing, China


1997   Brisbane Art Gallery, Paris in the 1890’s, international touring exhibition accompanying merchandise
1996   Lumineries, Lighting specialists, porcelain lights


2013   Vice Chancellors award for Outstanding Contributions to student learning, Charles Darwin University

Teaching and supervision

Certificate 2 in Visual Art Drawing Painting Drawing Textiles Ceramics Printmaking

Certificate 4 in Visual Arts Ceramics / Printmaking / Textiles

CUVPRP401A Realise creative project
CUVPRP404A Develop self as artist
CUVPRP405A Develop and discuss idea for own creative work
CUVRES401A Research history and a theory to inform own arts practice
BSBOHS201A  Participate in OHS processes

Associations and affiliations

Araluen Art Gallery – member, selection panel
Landcare, Alice Springs

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T: 08 8959 5227

Alice Spings Campus
Building Red 3, Level 1, Room 2