IONA MCAULEY  designer





I was born in Scotland and studied Design (Illustration) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. After immigrating to Perth in 1996, I went on to study Design for Live Performance Theatre and Events at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.



After graduating from WAAPA, I collaborated on several new Australian works including the 2010 winner of the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award Broken Colour written by Nina Pearce and directed by Michael McCall, The Danger Age by Australian playwright Kate Mulvany directed by Sally Richardson and Home the one-act play by WA Playwright Michael Collins directed by Sarah McKellar. I have collaborated on several original Australian works including the Award winning play ‘Broken Colour’, ‘Home’ and ‘The Danger Age’ by critically acclaimed Playwright Kate Mullvany.

I was awarded an Australian Council Artstart Grant in 2012 to develop my career in the theatre.

Making work for, and with young people is something I am passionate about. I have worked with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre on their productions of (The Night Zoo, Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa, Hachiko and Farm. Most recently I have designed and built puppets for a children’s television pilot (Go Happy Feet) promoting healthy lifestyle choices.


Community Artist


As an Artist, I have had the privilege to engage with communities in remote regions of Western Australia. In 2012, 2016 & 2017, I was engaged with the Awesome Arts Creative Challenge assisting young people in creating artworks and performances in celebration of who they are and the place they live. My connection with these rural communities has given me a new appreciation of the Australian landscape and is informing the work I make today. 


My art practice employs a variety of different mediums including painting, sculpture, puppetry and performance. I have assisted young people in creating painted murals at Arthur Head (City of Fremantle), The Castle Youth Space (City of Gosnells) and Willagee Community Centre (City of Melville).   


I worked with high school students in the City of Rockingham area creating sculptures from discarded materials. The sculptures were part of the Castaways exhibition in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. 



Educator and Arts Facilitator


I am passionate about the welfare of the planet and believe that we all have a part to play in its future. Education is key to changing social attitudes and my aim is to make children aware that their contribution is pivotal to change.

I have eight years of experience as an education facilitator. I regularly work with the not-for-profit organisation REmida facilitating workshops at schools, festivals and community events. Socially and environmentally conscious I endeavour to show young people the value of waste, reusing items that would normally be thrown away. My belief is that anything can be made into art with a little imagination.


Puppetry is another one of my passions and I have facilitated performance workshops for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and presented puppet making workshops for adults and children in the City of Rockingham area.