Colin Suggett
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Colin Suggett


Visual Artist



Date of Birth





Venus Bay Victoria


Venus Bay Victoria


1962-65 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - Diploma of Fine Art - Painting.

1968 Hawthorn State College - Trained Technical Teacher’s Certificate.


1966-67 Graphic Art Studio - Warrnambool
1969-74 Teaching - Head Art Department - Film & Animation, Leongatha Technical School
1975-80 Lecturer - Head of Film - Media Department, Rusden State College.
1981-91 Lecturer - Sculpture - School of Art, Monash University, Gippsland Campus.
1991-08 Freelance Artist.

Individual exhibitions

1982 -Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney.
1989 -Recent Works - Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell.
1990 -Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.
2001-2003- 'RetroMoments' Travelling Retrospective
Melbourne Museum, Wangaratta Art Space,
New Land Galley - Adelaide, Warrnambool Art Gallery,
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery -
Hobart, Burnie Regional Gallery,
Latrobe Regional Gallery - Morwell.
2005-'Thinking big on a small scale' - McClelland Gallery- Langwarrin
2008 - 'The Mickey' Australian Galleries, Melbourne

Selected group exhibitions

1967-'The Gallery’ - Warrnambool, Victoria.
1972-‘Film Construction’ - Installation with Peter Cole, Pinacotheca, Melbourne
1975-‘6th Mildura Sculpture Triennial’ - Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria.
1978-'7th Mildura Sculpture Triennial’ - Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria.
1978-‘Andrew & Lillian Pedersen Memorial Trust Prize’ Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
1978-‘Latrobe University Arts Festival’ - Latrobe University, Melbourne.
1980-‘15 Victorian Sculptors’ - National Gallery of Melbourne. Regional Galleries of Victoria.
1980-‘Sculpture on Another Scale’ - Travelling Exhibition No. 5.
          Regional Dev. Program Visual Arts Board1981
1981-‘1st Australian Sculpture Triennial’ - Latrobe University, Melbourne.
1981-‘Australian Perspecta’ - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1981-‘Singular & Plural’ - College Gallery, South Australian School of Art, Adelaide.
1986- ‘Art in Motion’ - Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre Gallery.
1987- ‘Gravity’s Angel’ - Wangaratta Artspace, Victoria.
Toured Victorian & N.S.W. regional galleries.
1988-‘October Show’ - Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, Victoria.
1989-‘The Intimate Object’ - 200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1989-'The Quarries - an Archaeology’ - Site specific installation, Mt.Gambier, SA
1989-'Tribute to Rod Withers’ - Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne.
1989-‘Flat’ - (Sculptors drawings) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art,
1989-‘Something in the Wind’ - (Artists in Schools Program),
Clifton Creek Primary School, Victoria.
1990-‘Contemporary Gippsland Artists’ - Latrobe Valley Arts Centre,
         Morwell. National Touring.
1990-'The Underpass Show’ - Degreaves Street Underpass, Melbourne.
          Site specific installation.
1991-‘Indo Eco’ - Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell. Touring Exhibition.
1992-‘Dame Edna Regrets She is Unable to Attend’ - Heide Park & Art Gallery,
          Melbourne. Touring Exhibition.
1993-‘Froggy Night Shopping’ - FM Broadcast, Barwon Wetlands Art Project.
1993-‘Just Sculpture’ - Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat.
1994-‘The Briefcase Show’ - Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland.
1995-‘Works on Paper’ - Moorabin City Art Gallery.
1995-‘Zit Wars’ - Regional Galleries Stand, Melbourne Art Fair.
1998-‘Donation Box’ - Commission - Latrobe regional Gallery.
1999-‘8 X 8 Show' - Roar Studios - Fitzroy, Victoria.
1999-'Birds in Art' - Deutscher-Menzies Gallery, Melbourne.
2003-'A Modelled World' - McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park - Langwarrin- Vic.
2006-'Wet & Dry' Swan Hill Regional Gallery
2007-'Creative environment' -Various Galleries, Gippsland area.
2007-'McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award' McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin
2008-'Wet & Dry' La Trobe Visual Arts Centre - Bendigo
2008-'Creative Environment' Latrobe Regional Gallery - Various locations - South Gippsland.
2008-'Off the Point' Celia Rosser Gallery. Fish Creek.
2009 - ' Magistery' Monash University Gallery, Caulfield.
           Latrobe Regional Gallery - Morwell
2009 - 'A sculpture by...' Australian Galleries - Melbourne & Sydney.
2009 - 'Wet & Dry' Horsham Regional Gallery.
2009 - 'Figures in an Exhibition' McClellend Gallery, Langwarrin.
2009 - ' Deakin University Contemp.Small Sculpture Awward' Melbourne.

2010 - McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award. Finalist.

2011 - 'Opposites' Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek.

2011 - 'Double Vision' McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic

2013 - 'Laugh Out Loud' Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Victoria

2014 - 'Mildura Revisited'  Mildure Art Gallery, Vic.

2015 - 'RetroMoments 2' Retrospective - Latrobe Regional Gallery. Morwell Vic.

2017 - 'Fictitious Realities', Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton, Victoria



2007 - Finalist, McClelland Sculpture Survey.
2009 - Finalist. Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award.

Public Collections

The Colin Suggett Collection - Latrobe Valley Arts Centre - Morwell
The Stunned Mullet’ - Public Art Installation, Fish Creek, Victoria.
'Special FX' - Sculpture installation - Stadium 4 Cinema - Leongatha.
West Gippsland Regional Catchment Authority
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park - Langwarrin Vic.
Private Collections


2000-'Special FX' - Commission & Installation. Stadium 4 Cinema, Leongatha.
2004-'The Mountains to the Sea' - Sculpture commission for West Gippsland Regional Catchment Authority.

Selected Publications

Rooney, Robert - The Age, Wednesday 4th March, 1981.
Ingram Terry - Financial Review, October 6th 1981.
Murphy, Bernice - ‘Australian Perspecta’ catalogue essay. 1981.
Zeplin, Pam - ‘Art Link’ July 1989
Hansen, David - ‘Gippsland Artists’ catalogue essay.
Staley, David. ‘Arts Gippsland’ August, 1992
Coventry, Donald. Essay - McClelland catalogue


Suggett works from his Venus Bay studio both in computer based commercial illustration and as an exhibiting artist. His acerbic, politically inspired kinetic sculptures have been shown widely and featured in a retrospective hosted by the Latrobe Regional Gallery which opened at the Melbourne Museum in 2001 and travelled interstate until 2004. The artist has since donated this collection to the Latrobe Regional Gallery. In 2007 the artist was a finalist in the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award. McClelland Gallery purchased the piece, 'The Mickey' for their outdoor collection.