Sue Jarvis was born and raised in the industrial and now multicultural city of Greater Dandenong in Melbourne’s south east. Sue was a major prizewinner at the Dandenong Festival of Music and Art for Youth, and went on to become an Art Teacher, Artist and Photographer.

Much of her current work centres around the changing nature of the city, with an emphasis on colour, shape, simplicity and symbolism to express an interest in the everyday contemporary life.

A keen photographer, some of her works have been produced for the City of Greater Dandenong, and for Places Victoria. Most photographs are manipulated and used for ideas for artworks.


Contemporary portraiture, particularly in Genre painting is another feature of her work. Two works are in the State Library of Victoria, one at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and another at the Monash Medical Centre. A major multi-cultural painting of many portraits in 3 panels is in the foyer of the City of Greater Dandenong Offices.

The gallery is open annually as part of the Casey Council Winter Arts Program. She sees the relationship between the Arts, Industry and Tourism as important in the local community. In April 2017 she ran a 2-day Apple Harvest Workshop in conjunction with Hardings local orchard. In 2008, she won the Cardinia Shire’s Home-based Business Award.

Sue is increasingly being sought to judge Art Shows at a community and professional level. She has been an Artist in Residence in schools, and mentor to young artists. She has a Gallery and Botanic Garden at Gembrook which is open by appointment.


  • Bachelor of Education

  • Higher Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Art and Craft)

  • Former Secondary Art and Craft Consultant


  • Co-founder SECAN South-Eastern Contemporary Art Network

  • Co-founder CART-Cardinia Art Society

  • Member MSWPS-Melbourne Society Women Painters and Sculptors

Individual Exhibitions:

In total there are over 35 throughout Australia and overseas.

  • 2016   MAMA Albury (NSW) – “In Process of Change” including artist’s talks

  • 2015   Montsalvat - Eltham ( Vic ) Joint exhibition

  • 2011   “CONSTRUCTION CITY” – Walker Street Gallery, City Greater Dandenong

  • 2010   Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell Community Art Space

  • 2005   “Changing Face of Anzac Day 1997-2004”(Photographic) Victorian Shrine of Remembrance


  • “Post Modernism and the Visual Arts,” AEVJournal, Vol 6, No. 3, 2004

  • “The Character of Nineteenth Century Dandenong,1971.Revised 2000

Recent Awards:

  • 2017 Joint winner, Constance Wu prize, Judged as best by peers of MSWPS

  • 2013  Winner, Portrait Prize, Australian Water Colour Society


  • Eutrick Contemporary Still Life Award

  • Shirley Hannon Portrait Prize

  • Blake Prize

  • Gallipoli Art Prize

  • Polish Art Foundation Awards

  • Maritime Art Award

  • John Leslie Award