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Director Biography

Rosemary Simons director

Rosemary Simons is a designer who is renowned for approaching her work with, not only sensitivity and integrity but also, intelligent creativity. In a career that spans 20 years, she has realised unique design solutions that engage, delight and communicate.

Rosemary’s experience in exhibition design encompasses a range of clients and subject matter. Intrinsic to her work is a thoughtful and individual approach to each project.

Since forming Rosemary Simons Design, clients have included Australia Post, the National Library, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Jewish Museum of Australia, and most recently, the Winemakers of Rutherglen.

Over the years, Rosemary has built a reputation and expertise in the Australian natural and built environments and Aboriginal culture and history. These areas of specialisation have led to commissions including Brambuk Living Cultural Centre, Bowali and Warradjan Centres in Kakadu National Park and Dorrigo National Park.

As a Senior Designer with Desmond Freeman Associates, Rosemary was project designer on many major exhibitions within Australia and overseas. In 1993, as a freelance designer, Rosemary was appointed Acting Head of Design at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.

Rosemary has worked professionally as a three dimensional designer for the past 20 years, first in stage and then in exhibition design. Prior to this, her training as a dancer and choreographer with Margaret Lasica provided much of her understanding of space, time, shape, storytelling and multi disciplinary productions.

This background in dance and theatre has been the hallmark of Rosemary’s unique design style. Her involvement in the Arts includes work with the Arts Laboratory movement in the UK, and the Melbourne Artist’s Workshop. Rosemary has received grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria and has been a resident designer at Rusden State College, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and The National Playwrights Conference.

A finalist in two DIA Award categories, Rosemary’s work highlights her innovative and meditative design style. She is dedicated to education, has been a lecturer in Exhibition Design at RMIT and actively encourages discussion on design themes.

Rosemary Simons is a Victorian Councillor with the Design Institute of Australia and is the Coordinator of the Exhibition and Display Design Practice Group.

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