Sarah Stubbs

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Sarah Stubbs

Lecturer in Fine Arts & Design
Head of Studio, Visual Communication
Art | School of Creative Arts and Media

Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Sarah Stubbs is a Lecturer and Head of Studio, Visual Communications in the School of Creative Arts. Sarah is interested in the intersection of design and visual arts. Her practice contests and questions the relationship and relevance of these two fields. Jones has worked within the visual arts for the past fifteen years both as a collaborative and solo artist.

She co-founded West Space Inc. with Brett Jones in 1992.

Alongside traditional academic publication she also actively participates in design practice and exhibition. She has had her work represented in a number of exhibitions locally and overseas. Since 1990  these include West Space, Platform, CCP, Linden, Para/Site Art Space Hong Kong, Annandale Galleries, Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Ian Potter Gallery, RMIT, Project Space, Monash's Switchback and Faculty Gallery.


Prior to joining The University of Tasmania in 2012, Sarah from 1995-2011 was the Co-ordinator, of Honours, Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication program, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design Monash University. Currently Sarah is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Visual Communication.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
BA (Fine Arts)Object based PracticeRoyal Melbourne Institute of TechnologyAustralia2013
MR-Des Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia2009
GradDipEducationMelbourne UniversityAustralia1990
BA (Fine Arts) Monash UniversityAustralia1988

Administrative expertise

She has significantly contributed in the writing and introduction of two graphic design-based degrees at Monash; the first Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) in 2005, and the latest Bachelor of Communication Design in 2011. Since 2014 she has been responsible for managing the GAP (Graphics and Practice) studio, a program unique to UTAS.


Teaching expertise

Sarah's  expertise are the key disciplines of graphic design studio practice, publication design and typography.

Teaching responsibility

Bachelor of Visual Communication:

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  • Graphic Design systems and structures
  • Newspaper Design
  • Bespoke Publication Design
  • Object based Design

Research Themes

My research is focussed in two distinct areas the first being on how graphic design systems and structures influence and shape our emotive and social relationship with society. I examine how graphic design within ephemeral artefacts of the everyday, such as the newspaper, gives visual expression to social myths, shaping narratives of ordinary people's lives into soap operas, which we consume voraciously and somewhat unconsciously. The central aim of my research is to challenge the anonymous, if not unseen, nature of graphic design and its central role within the media in shaping popular and consumable images of community and citizenship.

The second stream of research is the study of the materiality and sensory experience of place and how this can be interpreted, re framed and contextualised poetically through the jewellery/design object.


  • 2005- Enhancing the Monash Experience, $10,000
  • 2000: Australia Council New Work Grant with Brett Jones, $20,000
  • 1997: Arts Victoria, Art Development Grant with Brett Jones, $10,000
  • 1995: Australia Council, Professional Development of Artists & Craftspeople Grant with Brett Jones, $10,000

Current projects

I am currently working on a body of work for three curated exhibitions taking place as part of the Radiant Pavilion Festival to be held in Melbourne in early September 2015.

Fields of Research

  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Crafts (190501)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Music (950101)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)


Sarah co-founded West Space Inc. with Brett Jones in 1992 and Outward Project, with Brett Jones, Stephen Loo and Marie Sierra in 2013. For both of these spaces she played a significant role in the creative and design direction of the identity, website, publications and associated ephemera. I was the project coordiantor for Outward. She was responsible for the art direction and design for Dialogue arts journal (1996-2000).

Writing and publication has been instrumental to West Space's critical success alongside its international curatorial program. She has worked with various arts institutions in Australia and overseas to produce experimental art catalogues and books.

The maintenance of a design and exhibition practice is essential to her role as a design educator and as a credible and respected advisor to both undergraduate and post grad students.

She has contributed to one journal and nine Conferences.

Total publications


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2017Fountain WG, Veness Z, Kratz SJ, Wise CJE, Jones SL, 'Preparing to Co-design new Design Education for Tasmania, Design Island', Cumulus REDO Conference Proceedings, 30 May- 2 June, Design School Kolding, Denmark, pp. 750. ISBN 978-87-93416-15-4 (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Fountain WG; Veness Z; Kratz SJ; Wise CJE

Major Creative Work

(6 outputs)
2017Jones SL, 'Order of the Thistle', Urban-a-wearness, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial 2017 (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Stubbs SL, 'Memorial', Warm Design, 146 ArtSpace (2017) [Curated Exhibition]

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2015Jones SL, 'BUDA 2015 Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award', Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, 2015 (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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2015Jones SL, 'Waiting to be noticed, Ginger Boy wears Jewels, Melbourne, Radiant Pavilion', Radiant Pavilion, Ginger Boy (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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2015Jones SL, 'Serial Exchange', Loop Project Space, Loop Project Space (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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2014Jones SL, 'Future Strategies From the New Art Alumni', RMIT, Project Space, Spare room, RMIT (2014) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2016Jones S, '2016 National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2016', Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, pp. 1 (2016) [Minor Creative Work]

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To date Sarah has received five competitive grants, three with Brett Jones, from The Australia Council and Arts Victoria, and one from the Tasmanain Regional Arts. She has also won internal Monash grants including $10,000 from the 'Enhancing the Monash Experience Award' that paid for the production and exhibition of an international publishing project titled, Connect.

Research Supervision

Whilst at Monash University she supervised two higher degree students: one a Masters by Research student and the other a Doctor of Philosphy. As well as supervising Research based Masters/PHD she has also coordinated and taught within the Visual Communication (Honours) and the course-work Masters programs both at the Tasmanian College of the Arts and Monash University.




PhDMeta Graphic Novel: Questioning and exploring the graphic novel in an expanded form as storytelling technic and visual art exhibition project2017