Current Projects in development: The Dust Collective Project - In process; Canvases are hosted in backyards across the Hunter Region for several months collecting coal dust.
Open Arms 2003 - 2005 Original community theatre production inspired by the friendships between young people in Whyalla and young people living in immigraton detention centres, including Baxter Detention Centre, near Port Augusta, SA. Presenented by D'faces of Youth Arts, Funded by Australia Council for the Arts (through the Community Cultural Development Board), Arts SA, Whyalla City Council, OneSteel. Presented by d'faces of youth arts; Director/s Jo Zealand, Priya Goldfinch, Choreography Priya Goldfinch, Written by Bryan Martin,Creative Producer/Project Management Suzannah Jones,
two people from opposite ends
come together with the same name
Positions Vacant 2002-2004 An original community theatre production about being young and unemployed in regional South Australia. Presented by d'faces of youth arts. Original concept by Sasha Zahra, Directed by Jo Zealand, Written by Finnegan Krukemeyer, Choreograhy by Catherine James,Project Manager Suzannah Jones. Funded by Australia Council for the Arts, South Australian Youth Arts Board, Country Arts SA.
A story about youth unemployment in regional areas.
Nothing better to do 2004-2005 'Nothing better to do' was a multi media/film project developed in response to the infamous portrayal of young mothers in Whyalla. Presented by d'faces of youth arts, the company wished to create an accurate portrait of Whyalla. An extension of the project was taken to Port Lincoln to work with indigenous youth. Partners Edward John Eyre High School,Port Lincoln High School, Young Mums group Whyalla, Company Manager, Cathy Thompson, Director Chris Joyner, Director Heather Croal, Director for Port Lincoln project David Vadiveloo,Creative Producer Suzannah Jones. Funded by Australia Council for the Arts (through the Community Cultural Development Board), South Australian Youth Arts Board, Country Arts SA, Arts SA.
In 2003 the Sunday Mail bestowed upon the town of Whyalla the unflattering title: 'Teenage Pregnancy Capital of South Australia'.
Art on Wheels 2005-2006 An aerosol art project developed in partnership with d'faces of youth arts and Plaza Youth, Whyalla. Young people, predominantly Nunga youth, took part in a series of workshops with artist James Cochran (aka Jimmy C), and Willy Carbine (Indigenous Artist) to develop work based on youth generated vehicles of expression; ie aerosl art on cars, and integrated against the landscape of the stark surroundings of Whyalla SA. Resulting work included a painted van, and several works painted on car bonnets and doors and used as installation pieces in the desert area surrounding Whyalla, and photographed by Randy Larcombe.A subsequent book was produced. Company Manager, Cathy Thompson, Artists James Cochran and Willy Carbine Photographer Randy Larcombe, Creative Producer Suzannah Jones. Funded by Arts SA Health Promotion Through the Arts, Country Arts SA, Gordon Darling Foundation, South Australian Youth Arts Board
Massive Art 2003-2006 An aerosol art workshop program which culminated in many murals around the town of Whyalla. A couple of long term members of the program had gained sufficient skills to be paid as an artist for several local murals. Another successful outcome from this was significant reduction of vandalism on certain public buildings. Aerosol artist engaged to run workshops and direct public works was James Cochran. Funded by Country Arts SA, Whyalla City Council, SAYAB, Community Benefit SA, Arts SA. Partners included Plaza Youth and Whyalla TAFE
Fishy Fringe Festival Suzannah was co founder and the Artistic Programmer for the Fishy Fringe Festival. She coined the name the 'fishy fringe' after running a small satellite festival event in Whyalla for the Adelaide Fringe. It was not a huge success but from it grew the idea of Whyalla's own festival event. It became a week long event focused on encouarging local groups to take part, host workshops, create exhibtions, theatre productions and more. The festival also engaged professional musicians, performers, and artists. One year Suzannah secured $50,000 from Festivals Australia for a giant sand sculpture on the Whyalla Foreshore. The festival also gained funding from Country Arts SA, Arts SA, Whyalla City Council, and sponsorship from OneSteel and Thiess. This event won a SA Great Award for Tourism in 2005.
dance film acting hip hop and more.....Workshop programs Suzannah has also coordinated and sourced funding for many workshop programs, engaging professional artists to teach aerosol art, acting, dance, hip hop, breaking, drawing, sound and music production, film making, lantern making, fire twirling and mosaic.
Suzannah herself has run workshops in mosaic, lantern making, managing museum collections and landscape drawing.
'One of my favourite workshop programs was the Nunga Dance group taught by Nicky Ashby and Felix Kerry for d'faces of youth arts. Two members of the group were selected for NAISDA in Sydney'.
aerosol art workshop
hip hop production workshop
fire twirling workshop
Have you been to Lowly
In 2009, Film project/documentary Suzannah made with young members of d'faces of youth artsand AD Susie Skinner, about the proposed heavy industry development at the culturally and environmentally significant area of Point Lowly, 30km out of Whyalla, SA.
This involved liaising with and interviewing members of the Bungala community about their concern with the impact of the development.
Print Lines In collaboration with the Bungala Aboriginal Coorperation we organised printmaking workshops for Nunga women in Whyalla with renowned printmaker, Yvonne Boag. Funded by Country Arts SA and the Bungala Aboriginal Cooperation
detail from workshop piece.
Other community projects and workshops
2003- Common Ground - in collaboration with local Indigenous artists we curated an exhibition of local Indigenous art from the region of Whyalla, SA. Exhibited at Middleback Theatre Gallery. Funded by Country Arts SA.
2006 - Suzannah delivered over 6 months Mosaic paving workshops culminating in mosaic path for the Cultural Precinct in Whyalla, SA.
2007 - Suzannah ran Landscape drawing workshops, Port Augusta, SA. Funded by Port Augusta City Council. Given as part of the Grindell’s Hut Residency.
2007- Through the Community Arts Network, Suzannah was engaged to run Managing Museum Collections workshops.
2009 - Suzannah conducted a five day drawing workshop at the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre, Ceduna, SA in 2009, Funded by Country Arts SA.
2009 - Fishy Fringe Festival lantern making
2012 - Suzannah conducted drawing workshops for the Gresford Create Art Carnival - Gresford Primary School, a regional event.
Other Community Arts Projects
2001 - Suzannah was employed through Carclew Arts Centre as part of a team building mosaic benches for the Streaky Bay Foreshore, SA
2001- Engaged by Carclew Youth Arts Centre to work as part of a team to develop entry banners for the Nautilus Theatre in Port Lincoln, SA.
2002 - Engaged through Carclew Arts Centre as part of team building a large mosaic mural for the Glenelg Foreshore Development, SA.
2006 - Coordinated and instructed the building of mosaic pavers for the Cultural Precinct in Whyalla.
2001 -2008 Arts Development Officer for Country Arts SA - Involving working with communities and local government, helping source funding for artists and community group projects, Advise on the management and coordination of arts projects. Also responsible for managing events, organising marketing and liaising with media, inlcuding being interviewed on local television and ABC radio.
Roles and projects include:
- Co-ordinator of the Whyalla Art Prize (National $25,000 art prize)
Co-ordinator of the Middleback Foyer Gallery, Middleback Theatre; including managing openings and touring exhibitions as well as curating and holding local exhibitions. Also responsible for the marketing of these shows, utilising the marketing material from Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring..
- Managed the City of Whyalla Art Collection
- Organised and Managed the Adelaide Fringe Satellite festival in Whyalla which involved organising live music events, exhibitions etc.
2003-2007 - Artistic Director of d'faces of youth arts - an award winning regional youth arts company funded by state and federal government. Involved theatre, dance, film, multimedia and visual arts projects. Suzannah was asked to take over this company when it was on the brink of losing its funding. During her time with the Company, d'faces of youth arts won a SA Great Award for the Arts in 2006.