Humans of Willoughby: Susie AgostonSeptember 6, 2019
A documentary directed and produced by our latest Human of Willoughby, Susie Agoston, features girls from Willoughby and the North Shore and their experiences in a remote Aboriginal community. It has recently been broadcast on the ABC COMPASS Program, and on ABC 24NEWS. To celebrate the success of the documentary and to help support ONELAND Arts Sport Education programs, a team of volunteers are holding a charity event on Thursday 19 September at the Mosman Art Gallery Grand Hall. All are welcome.
Listing the multiple hats worn by Mosman local Susie Agoston will give you some idea of just how accomplished and impressive she is. Artist. Documentary Filmmaker. Netball Coach. Mosman Bushcare volunteer. Philanthropist. But this list doesn’t even begin to describe the broad and varied talents of this wonderful woman.
Susie Agoston has lived in Mosman since 1988, working as a Book Publisher and Documentary Filmmaker. Her awards include winning the Australian Publishing Award for the book John Coburn Paintings, as well as winning the Young Designer of the Year. Susie had a Poster exhibited at the BRUNO X Biennale and she took First Place representing Australia as Creative Director at the Japan International Snow Sculpture Exhibition.
In 1992 she published the book Mosman Impressions for Mosman Council and has lectured at Canberra Art School ANU, Guest Artist Sydney Grammar Prep, and at Mosman Primary for the 2018 Special Art Project – facilitating 175 children for eight murals.
She has independently taught art in Mosman since 1988 and continues to hold art
workshops for children after school and in the school holidays, and for adults.
Susie has also been a guest lecturer at Tokyo University for SWET Society of Writers Editors and Translators, and FEW Foreign Executive Women, as well as Guest Speaker at WIP Women In Publishing, Sydney.
Susie started coaching netball when her daughter Alexandra began playing with Mosman
Netball Club as a seven year old, and she has been coaching for MNC ever since, as well as
coaching netball and basketball for Queenwood, Wenona and Mosman Public School.
Because of her training as a director, she has also worked pro bono as a drama coach for Queenwood HSC students.
Susie is the founder and CEO of ONELAND ARTS SPORT EDUCATION Programs in remote
communities. Inspired by the impact it had on her daughter on one of her trips, for the past few years Susie has taken girls she coaches on a 1600km round trip in a minibus from Mosman to the remote Aboriginal community of Brewarrina to meet the children, play netball and basketball with them, and to have the opportunity to meet the Ngemba and Barkanji Elders to learn about their 60,000 year heritage and Culture.
As part of her philanthropic work Susie sources artworks from remote communities in
Northern Territory, Western Australia and communities in the South Australian desert, to
curate art exhibitions and sell works on their behalf, and in part as a fundraiser for
ONELAND Charity. ONELAND is a member of the Indigenous Art Code – promoting fair trading with Indigenous
Other philanthropic work includes Indigenous Publishing and the Aboriginal Education
Council. Susie has been a judge of the Patrick White Indigenous Children’s Literature Awards since 2011.
Above: Aboriginal Art Fair 19 September Charity Event – ONELAND is a member of the Indigenous Art Code promoting fair and ethical trading of Indigenous Art
Special Charity Event
Thursday 19 September
Mosman Art Gallery Grand Hall
Tickets $25/$10 (includes a beverage)
The Mosman event on 19 September will exhibit artworks for sale, a special short screening of the film clip, music, and a Guest Speaker. Stalls will include boomerang painting for children. Food includes BBQ crocodile sausages, wine, cheese and oysters. Tickets to this event include a complimentary glass of wine / or beverage.
Earlybird ticket purchases include a hug and the chance for a $150 Boathouse Dining
Tickets / donations ( Donations are tax deductible )
ONELAND is a not for profit Registered Charity, DGR status – donations are tax deductible.
If you would like to join the happy volunteer group – you are most welcome, please email
Susie Agoston [email protected]