SUSANNAH WILLIAMS

Mixed Media Artist working in River Studios


Susannah Williams is a visual artist who specialises in experimental drawing using mediums as diverse as virtual reality, conductive materials, strings, pins, paper collage, tape and weaving. Her works regularly use field recordings and touch technology to explore dimensions of space and sound in drawing. She is currently based in Melbourne working on a Masters at the VCA investigating the Visual Nature of Sound. 

Susannah graduated from the National Art School in 2008 where she majored in Drawing. Since then, she has contributed numerous installations and wall works for artist run initiatives, festivals and artist residencies across Australia and internationally. 

Since 2013, Susannah has worked in collaboration as Artist in Transit with Ro Murray, and with Warren Armstrong. These collaborations have stretched her practice across disciplines of new media, architecture, sculpture, installation and sound. For this work she was awarded, with Warren Armstrong, the Casula Powerhouse’s Paramor Prize for Art and Innovation 2017 as well as an Arts and Culture Grant from Inner West Council, Sydney. She was a recipient of an ArtsStart Grant in 2010, from Australian Council for the Arts and awarded an artist in residency with the Banff Centre for Creativity, Canada in 2014.

Susannah is a current recipient of a City of Melbourne Arts Grant. 

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice? 

I have recently moved from Sydney to Melbourne and I require access to a studio to create a new body of work for an upcoming exhibition at 45Downstairs Gallery, in August. 

As a studio-based visual artist, it is vital for my ‘making’ process, to have a practical workspace away from home, to experiment, think and work up new ideas, installations and drawings.

I have chosen River studio’s as it offers me a focused working environment with reasonable rents; a secure workspace with 24hour access; and it is fortunately close to where I live.

Access to the Hanging and Project Spaces, offer a premium resource prior to the exhibition, for producing and working up a room-scale, interactive installation such as "A Melbourne Sound Chart". 

I am hopeful River Studios will provide me with many opportunities to meet with new artists, makers and designers; to share ideas and to connect with a creative network of potential, future collaborators.