BIO+CV SIMON ALEXANDER COOK

BIOGRAPHY

Simon in trained in Interior Design (SCA), Bush Regeneration and Ceramics (WSI) and has worked with various architects and clients. Simon has produced innovative installations at UWS Sculpture Award 2010-12; Sculpture at ScenicWorld 2014-15; Parramatta Laneways; Hidden-Rookwood Necropolis; Casula Powerhouse; Auburn Peacock Gallery-Anzac100 exhibit; Fishers Ghost; NorthSydney Art Prize; Mosman Art Gallery; Remo City Venture; Melbourne Fringe.

Simon has been awarded Artist with Industrial possibilities (Melb Fringe 90); exhibited in Talentborse Munich 1991; Australia Council Industry development; Museum of Design (Canberra 2012); Insitu13 (Mosman Art Gallery); UWS2010 Sculpture Award Peoples Choice; SoTG; Acquisitions by NT Art Gallery, Australian Embassy Berlin, and WSI TAFE Student Collection, and finalist selection in Sculpture by the Sea and Lorne Biennale.


Exhibitions

2016           Selected, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, VIC (withdrawn)

2015           Finalist, Sculpture at ScenicWorld, Katoomba; North Sydney Artprize; Paramor Prize, Casula & SculptureOnTheGreens Kooindah (Collaborations), Anzac Centenary Exhibition, Peacock Gallery Auburn NSW

2014           Finalist, Sculpture at ScenicWorld, Katoomba; North Sydney Artprize; Hidden Rookwood & SculptureOnTheGreens Kooindah (Collaborations)

2012-13      Public Intervention Installation, Vorsprungarten Herb Ladders, Darcy St Laneway Parramatta, included in Sydney Design Festival 2013. Supported by Parramatta City Council.

2013           Finalist, North Sydney Artprize; Hidden Rookwood Cemeteries; SOTG

2012           Photo media, curated exhibit, Memory of Trees, Parramatta HVIC

2012           Finalist, Sculpture on the Greens, Kooindah, Wyong; Fishers Ghost.

2012           Group show, Wilde In the Country, South Hill Gallery, Goulburn

2011           Curated exhibit, Gallery of Australian Design (GAD), Canberra,

2010           Group show, Aust Woodwork, Nulkaba; Lush & Loud, Parramatta

2010           Finalist, UWS Sculpture Award Macarthur; Blacktown Arts Centre

2010           Finalist, Fishers Ghost Open Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre.

2009           Group show, Casula Powerhouse; TAP Gallery; The Egde tradeshow

2006-09      Retail Showroom, German Kitchen systems, Sydney

2004           Retail Merchandise Design, Morpeth, presentation Maitland Gallery

2000-03      Plans of Management, landscape restoration submissions, Parramatta

2000           Olympic Landcare Gold Tree Icon Installations, Parramatta Park

1998           Public ArtworkGrantham War Memorial ‘new dawn c.1917’, Seven Hills

1996-98     Public Artwork landscape design – Toongagal Convict Farm Spiral, Baxter, ‘Branded for Life’ series with Cheryl Moodai Robinson, dieback trees various Urban Bushland Restoration sites, Cumberland Plain Woodland

1995          retail bookstore design ‘Infinitas#1’, Parramatta

1994          Prototype ‘mercy seat’, Fringe Furniture, Melbourne,

1994          Curated exhibit feature, ‘Boomerang’, South Australian Museum, SA

1993           Solo show, timber, Object Gallery, The Rocks Sydney.

1991           Australian representative, Talentborse Handwerk, Munich, Germany

1990           Group show, ‘vessels’ w Robert Foster, Remo City Ventures, Darlinghurst


AWARDS

ACquisitions

Grants

2013-14      High Commendation INSITU, Mosman Art Gallery; SculptureOnTheGreens

2011           Quirkability Christmas award, group show, Parramatta

2010            UWS Sculpture Exhibit, Landcom Peoples Choice winner 'Falling_Fowl#1'

2009            Shortlist finalist, IDEA Award - Best Product & Sustainable Product

http://www.idea-awards.com.au/round-04/the-mercy-seat/ http://www.idea-awards.com.au/2009-round-4/the-mercy-seat-2

2009           REMO featured designer http://remogeneralstore.com/simona

2003           Nomination ‘Governors Domain 3Rs’, Heritage Award Parramatta City Council

1998           State Environment Award for Winston Hills Rotary Club, Rotary Internationa

1995           Acquisition ‘Grace - Tailspin’, NT Art Gallery, NT; various private collections incl Adoni store by Marc Newson, Paddington; Amsterdam, NZ, Australia

1993          Collection. Australian Embassy (Bonn, now Berlin)

1992           Selection Australian Representation ‘Talenborse Handwerk’, Munich, DE

1991           Grant. Australia Council for the Arts, Design Industrialisation Grant.

1990           Award Artists + Industry, “Grace Sonic Boom’, Fringe Festival, Melbourne, VIC

1988           Australian Design Award w Tony Masters Design, for Sydney Kitchen Centre.

1985           Student – Academic Prize, Design School, Sydney College of the Arts.

1982           Student – Geothe Institute Photo Award Acquisition, DE

1980             Student – Alan Cadman Citizenship Award, Model Farms High School, NSW


Event curation design  

2017-18       Product Development, The Social Canvas; Design co-ord Lifewear Australia NAIDOC2018 Apparel Commission to Geoff Sellman Artist.

2012            Ruminations, Rumsey Rose Art Walk with Kath Fries, Parramatta Park

2004            Retail & Product Development, Jazz Fest, Morpeth, NSW

2001            ‘Heritage River Phoenix’ and Quarry Soiré launch, Old Toongabbie;  Federation Gardens Glengariff series, live music + graphics, Westmead; ‘Corroboratus#1’ exhibit w 5 guest Palimpsest artists, Riverside Theatres; ‘MAiZE’ childrens installation, Old Govt House ‘regal blue moon’ illumination and Eat Street Bread Festival design & management, OGH Parramatta.

1998            Public Art Event – ‘duskfire Heritage River Phoenix’ with Michael Keighery,

1998            Public Art Installation – ‘Rivercare 2000’ mosaic ceramics w school students

1998             Species Reports w Teresa James, Domain Creek design, Parramatta Park

PUBLICATIONS

2012            UWS 2012 Sculpture Acquistion Award catalogue

2010            'GREEN PAGES' Autumn, magazine, editorial

2010            'The West Australian' - Habitat suppliment, editorial 22/01

2010            'MONUMENT' #96 editorial feature p95-96

2010            'INDESIGN' #40 editorial p30, various online Blogs, The Graphic Museum, Design for Men, etc.

2009            'INSIDE Interior Design Review', magazine, IDEA09 Awards editorial

1996-01      local press release, multiple articles, community cultural development

1996           Design of first ‘Annual Report 95-96’, Parramatta Park Trust.

1993            ‘OBJECT’ magazine, Autumn Cover & editorial; ‘DesignINK’; ‘Vogue’

1990              ‘INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE’ #26, Cover & editorial; ‘DesignINK’; ‘Elle’