Suzy Costello

Eastbourne, Lower Hutt, New Zealand


I live in Aotearoa New Zealand on the eastern edge of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington harbour surrounded by beech-forested hills, the sea and family.


The significance of place, space and site is at the heart of my artmaking practice. It is where I live, have raised my family and I feel a deep affinity and respect towards this place of mountains, forest, and sea that sustains all its human and non-human living forms. By following the vital matter and agency of discarded materials sourced from my local area, I hope my art practice can give voice to this place.

How do we attend to human and non-human living forms, and what more do we need to know before we change how we live in the world?  These are important questions to guide my art practice.  It is leading to an inquiry into biological processes and our relationship with our environment.

Last semester I explored the materiality of pohutukawa stamen and wood collected from the felling of two 110-year-old trees at St Alban’s Anglican church in Eastbourne.  The socially engaged artwork which resulted, allowed the trees to be commemorated, the parishioners explore their relationship with their environment, express emotions and unite the community. The story of the trees led to a further inquiry into the planting of thousands of pohutukawa along the shores of Te Whanganui-a-Tara and its colonisation as forests became farms.


This experience has given me a deeper appreciation of the value of art to society and a curiosity in the inter-relationship between art and science. Arts ability to focus on inner feeling, creative problem solving and new interpretations of understanding the world we live in, are things I would like to explore.


Climate change and the environmental damage caused by global overpopulation and unsustainable economic practices is an urgent issue facing us all and I wonder how this might be brought into focus in my artmaking practice?


If you would like to receive notice of future exhibitions or contact me please send an email and I will aim to respond within 3 working days.


Suzy Costello



2021  Studying for a Masters in Fine Arts
Massey University

2020  Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (with distinction) Massey University

2019  Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (with distinction) Massey University

2017-18  Advanced Diploma Art & Creativity
                  The Learning Connexion
2014-16  Diploma Honours Art & Creativity

                   The Learning Connexion

2010-15  Betsy Kramer

2007-10  Mary Archibald



2021   Finalist Richard T Nelson Awards

2018   Finalist NZAS Emergent Artist
           Finalist Wellington Regional Art

2017    Janet Law Scholarship, TLC

2014   Muriel Hopper 3-d Art Award


2021 NZ Art Show
Oroua Gallery

2020 Exposure Exhibition

Observing the Absurd

Humbugga Exhibition

2019 Awagami Internation Miniature Print Exhibition, Japan
Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards

New Zealand Art Show

2018   LIFELike Japan Festival

           Taranaki National Art Show

           New Zealand Art Show
           Wellington Regional Art Show

           Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Show
2017   New Zealand Art Show
           Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards

2016   New Zealand Art Show

           Railway Street  Studios

           Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards

           Artists in Eastbourne

2015   Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards

           Eastbourne Artists

2014   Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards

           Wellington Regional Art Awards



Thanks to The Learning Connexion

and the Janet Law Charitable Trust

              Sue Allman for all her fabulous photos
             Richard Mayston for his bird photos
Wayne Churcher for installation photos
Peter Miles for assistance with cicada images


Mentors and Tutors
                Aaron Frater

                 Betsy Kramer

                 Bevan Shaw

                 Basia Smolnicki

                 Dennis Berdinner

                 Marci Tackett

                 Mel Ford

                 Pueto Bronze​

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