Susanna Castleden

Hatched Alumni: 2002

Susanna is an artist and associate professor at Curtin University, where she supervises creative practice PhD, Masters and Honours projects. Susanna completed a PhD at RMIT in 2014 and continues to explore ideas of mobility, mapping, distance and proximity in her creative practice.

Susanna’s works have been selected in numerous national and international prizes and exhibitions has received several awards including winning the Linden Prize 2015; runner up in the Fremantle Print Award 2014; winning the Burnie Print Prize 2013 and the Bankwest Art Prize 2013. Susanna was shortlisted to exhibit in the 2014 International Print Biennale in UK and was curated into Perspective in Printmaking at the Shaw Gallery at Weber State University in Utah in 2019.

Susanna’s work is included in major collections including the National Gallery Australia; Art Gallery of WA; Murdoch Art Collection; Artbank Australia; BankWest Collection; City of Fremantle Art Collection; Cruthers Collection; Edith Cowan University Art Collection; Kerry Stokes Collection; The Horn Collection; City of Joondalup Collection; Turner Gallery Art Angels Acquisitions; Little Collection; Burnie Regional Gallery Tasmania; Wesfarmers Collection; The Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection; The University of Western Australia Art Collection.

Susanna is a member of the Print Council of Australia, and is a director on the board of PICA.


What does Hatched mean to you?’

As a student finishing my Honours degree I was thrilled to be included in Hatched I think that was about 20 years ago and I’m even more thrilled to still be part of the PICA family today. Getting to see the works of peers from across the country was a fabulous experience, and seeing how the works that we talked about, made, critiqued and scrutinised sat within a national context was really exciting and illuminating for me. I remember my work was a large, rather unruly screen-print that appeared to be a bit too big for the wall – something that seems to continue in my practice today.

As a staff member in an art school, Hatched nomination time is always interesting. At Curtin this coincides with our annual Fine Art Degree Show exhibition, and is a time to get a sense of how our graduates will move into the world of becoming a professional artist. It is exciting to look at a body of work and imagine how it might exist if it was selected to be part of Hatched.

So, I guess my reflections on what Hatched means to me comes from my perspective as a participating graduate from many years ago, but probably, and more importantly, from the perspective of what it means for recent graduates to be selected today. This is even more acutely seen and felt in my role as a board member at PICA, a role that gives me the privilege to see first-hand, each year, the support that Hatched provides to recent graduates nationally. It really is a remarkable, and quite unique, opportunity for emerging artists.