Short Bio Suvira

 

"Initially trained in Ceramics and receiving an MA from Southern Cross University in 2000, Suvira maintains an art practice that identifies landscape and the exploration of materials as central concerns.

His work is a diverse collection of sculptural forms in various media, for any location and the production of ceramic vessels and tableware.

He has received numerous awards for his sculpture and ceramics and has been selected to show in Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney. He has ceramics and sculpture in various public and numerous private collections. When not welding, carving, assembling elements or firing ceramics Suvira also teaches 3D art and is a freelance writer and curator. He has a studio in Goonengerry, Byron Shire."

SUVIRA MCDONALD

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION

  • TAA Cert 3 Training & Assessment, Byron Comm. College 2011
  • Master of Arts (Visual Arts) by research, 2000
  • Southern Cross University, Lismore.
  • Associate Diploma of Arts (Ceramics) TAFE, Lismore 1993
  • Bachelor of Commerce (with merit) UNSW 1970

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • An Acquired Thirst Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain NSW 2007
  • One if by Land Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain NSW 2006
  • Ceramics Solander Gallery, Yarralumla ACT 2005
  • Long After...Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain NSW
  • Cloudcatcher Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain NSW 2004
  • Landscape Translations Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Q
  • Aeonian Earth Barebones Artspace - Bangalow NSW 2002
  • Departing Spirits Lismore Regional Art Gallery NSW 1999

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Byron Art Classic at Byron Bay Community Centre NSW 2013
  • Sculpture in the Garden Rosby Estate Mudgee NSW 2012
  • Enduring Forms Aptos Cruz GalleryStirling SA                                         
  • Sculpture at the Writers Byron Bay Writers Festival
  • Table Manners North Rivers Community Gallery NSW 2012
  • Northern Style Cudgegong Gallery Gulgong NSW 2011
  • Sculpture in the Paddock, Bangalow NSW 
  • Funeria, Civic Centre Mullumbimby NSW
  • Small but Passionate Still@the Centre Byon Bay
  • Sculpture at the Writers Byron Bay Writers Festival 
  • Table Manners Waywood Gallery Byron Bay 2010
  • Gangjjn International Celadon Festival, Korea 
  • ArtsCape Byron Bay NSW
  • Caldera 2010 Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina NSW 
  • 3D Waywood Gallery Byron Bay NSW 
  • Articles of Interest Next Gallery SCUniversity Lismore NSW
  • OUR Land Ballina Community Gallery NSW 
  • Off the Edge Chrissie Cotter Gallery NSW 2009
  • SMLXL Waywood Gallery Byron Bay NSW 
  • Our Most Easterly Edge Fusions Gallery Bris Q 
  • Collectors Paradise NR Community Gallery Ballina 
  • Tweed Naturally Art Prize Tweed RegionalGallery 2008
  • Ceramicos Waywood Gallery Byron Bay NSW 
  • Reflections on Water University of Indiana West USA 
  • East Coast Sculpture Show -Ballina 1996 - 2007
  • Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize SA Museum
  • 25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award Q 2006
  • ConVerge NR Ceramics Touring Exhibition 2006-2008
  • Casuarina Sculpture Walk 2006 Tweed NSW
  • 24th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award Q 2005
  • ArtsCape Byron Bay Lighthouse NSW
  • Border Art Prize Tweed Regional Gallery NSW
  • Sculpture by the Sea Bondi Beach NSW 2004
  • 23rd Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award Q
  • Casuarina Beach Sculpture Walk - Tweed Regional Gallery NSW
  • Stanthorpe Arts Festival -Stan. Regional Gallery Q
  • Art for Answers AFMHR Auction - National Gallery of Australia, ACT 2003
  • Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize -South Australian Museum

AWARDS 

  • 2nd Prize Sculpture Byron Art Classic Byron Bay 2013
  • 2nd Prize Sculpture Byron Art Classic Byron Bay 2011
  • People’s Choice PANique Waywood Gallery Byron Bay 2009 
  • First Prize 3D Art for Earth Byron Shire 
  • High Commendation Byron Bay Art Prize NSW 2007
  • Peoples' Choice Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award 2005 
  • 3rd Prize ArtsCape, Nature of Sculpture Byron Bay Lighthouse, NSW
  • Winner, Acquisition Prize East Coast Sculpture Show 2004
  • Acquisition Award,(Ceramics) Stanthorpe Arts Festival
  • Local Artist Award East Coast Sculpture Show 2003
  • Finalist,Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize SA Museum
  • Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show -Ballina NSW 1996, 1997, 1998
  • High Commendations

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Workshop Tutor St Johns Primary School, Mullumbimby 2012
  • Workshop Tutor Flying Ants Arts Kingaroy Q
  • Sessional Tutor in Sculpture, Byron Regional Community College 2010-12
  • Curator Table Manners Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina
  • Curator Sculpture by the Tree Federal Park NSW 201
  • Demonstrating Artist Wide Bay Burnett Potters Conf Bundaberg Q
  • Curator Table Manners Waywood Gallery Byron Bay NSW 2010
  • Sessional Tutor in sculpture, Byron Regional Community College 2010-2011 
  • Mentoring Canadian potter (Marie St Hilaire)
  • Project Reference Group (Public Art) Byron Shire Council 2009-2011
  • Curator Sculpture by theTree Federal NSW 
  • Judge Members Annual Exhibition Gold Coast Potters Inc Q 
  • Set Designer Shifting Sandshoes Mullumbimby Civic Centre NSW 
  • Curator Our Most Easterly Edge Fusions Gallery Bris Q 
  • Mentorship DanishStudent (Marianne Gerlach) 2008-2009
  • Curator Ceramicos (15 artists) Waywood Gallery Byron Bay 
  • Sessional Lecturer/Tutor 3D Studio Southern Cross University NSW 2007-2008
  • Resident Tutor/Art therapist Gaia Retreat and Spa Newrybar NSW 2006-2010
  • Consulting Artist Art in the Park Public Art Project Federal NSW 2005-2010
  • Tutor, Working with Clay, ACE Mullumbimby NSW (since 1996) 2008
  • Design and collaborate – large scale ephemeral sculpture 2006
  • Pablo in the Field TP Health Sculpture Garden, Ballina NSW
  • A Multi Faceted Practice (conference Paper) Verge 
  • 11th National Ceramics Conference Brisbane Q. 2006
  • Sessional Lecturer/Tutor Ceramics Southern Cross University, NSW 2004
  • Slide presentation, A Decade of Ceramics, 
  • 10th National Ceramics Conference, Bendigo, Vic
  • Judge, Shearwater Wearable Art Awards Mullumbimby NSW 2002, 2003
  • Artist-in-residence/tutor, Shepherdson College, Elcho Island, 2001
  • NE Arnhemland, NT
  • Conf. paper on Landliteracy -9th National Ceramics Conf., Perth WA. 1999
  • P/T tutor of Ceramics, Murwillumbah College of TAFE, NSW 
  • Artist-in-residence at Coraki NSW, for Lismore Regional Art Gallery 1998

COLLECTIONS

  • Gangjin Celadon Museum Korea
  • Indiana West University. USA
  • Walker Corporation, NSW
  • Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Permanent Collection
  • Thursday Plantation Sculpture Garden, Ballina NSW
  • Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW

PUBLIC SCULPTURE PROJECTS

  • Regatta 31 Cherry St Ballina NSW 2009
  • Catch a Falling Fish Federal Park NSW 2008
  • Fiji Sheraton Resort, Denarau Fiji 2008
  • Art in the Park Mosaic Federal NSW – Project Manager/Curator 2007-11
  • Richmond Valley Shire Council - The Coraki Healing Stones 1998
  • Brisbane Marriott Hotel - A Wind Choreography 1998

PUBLICATIONS/CITATIONS

  • Journal of Australian Ceramics 46 #2 pp 16-19
  • Coast Living Autumn 2006 pp104-5
  • Exhibition Catalogue Converge Touring Exhibition pp30-31
  • Ceramic Art & Perception # 67 p.43
  • Ceramics Technical #9 Kiln Research at SCU
  • Ceramic Art & Perception # 40 p.79
  • Periphery # 40-41 Northcoast Art and Craft: A Survey p.11
  • Exhibition Catalogue Departing Spirits publ. by Lismore Regional Art Gallery

 

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