Zoe Veness is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School (Design) at UNSW Art & Design.
She holds a Ph.D, M.Des (Hons) and B.Des from UNSW Art & Design and a Diploma of Dance in classical ballet from the Australian Ballet School.
Drawing on theories from craft, psychoanalysis and anthropology her research examines movement, materiality and place in contemporary jewellery and object design. Projects include The Return Loop (2020) for the Australian Design Centre's national touring exhibition Made/Worn: Contemporary Australian Jewellery (2020-2023); solo exhibitions The Stream of Time (2022) at Woollahra Gallery in Sydney, New Terrain in an Old World (2017) at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre in Canberra, The Infinite Fold (2009) at Jam Factory: Contemporary Craft & Design in Adelaide, and Mathematical Beauty (2007) at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney; and exhibitions Wayfaring (2019-2020) and Remanence (2017), both co-curated with academics from the University of Tasmania and Hobart-based artists. Her projects can be viewed at zoeveness.com
Her work is held in public collections at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, and has been selected for national and international award exhibitions including the ITAMI International Jewellery Exhibition, Talente, National Contemporary Jewellery Award, City of Hobart Art Prize and Contemporary Wearables. She was artist-in-residence at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon in NSW, Australia in 2010 and at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 2006.
She teaches jewellery and object design at UNSW Art & Design and supervises research students in the areas of contemporary craft and jewellery practice, jewellery history, place-based making, and sustainable design. Previous to UNSW, she was Studio Coordinator of 3D Design at the School of Creative Arts & Media, University of Tasmania in Hobart.
2019 Exhibition Development Fund, Contemporary Arts Tasmania
2017 Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Project Grant
2012 UNSW Postgraduate Research Student Support Travel Grant
2011 Australian Postgraduate Award
2011 UNSW Art & Design Top Up Scholarship
2006 Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Development Grant
2005 Craft-in-Site Grant, Australian Design Centre
2003 Postgraduate Research Grant, UNSW Art & Design
2002 Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Development Grant
My Research Supervision
Inoka Samarasekara, PhD, Acts of preservation and renewal: Remaking traditional forms of Sri Lankan jewellery impacted by colonisation and globalisation (joint with Katherine Moline)
Emma Peters, PhD, Designing new circular economy pathways for post-consumer textile waste in the interior textile industries (joint with Alison Gwilt)
Chloe Congdon, PhD, Healing, Reverie and Soma’Sensory Anchors: Designing objects of soft fascination to move from fight and flight, to flow and flourish (secondary with Emma Robertson)
Caitlin Dubler, PhD, The geology of glass: Critical craft as a methodological approach revealing material durations (joint with Bianca Hester)
Julie Oliver, PhD, Social Jewels: Bridging the gap between museum collections and colonial jewellery narratives (joint with Kasia Jezowska)
Kyoko Hashimoto, MFA, Bioregional Bodies: Place-based making and experimental design practices in contemporary jewellery (joint with Katherine Moline)
Julie Oliver, MPhil, Hidden Jewellery Revealed: an exploration of social status through the Rouse Hill House jewellery collection, 1801 to 1924 (joint with Wendy Parker)