Dr Zoe Veness

Dr Zoe Veness

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Zoe Veness is a designer working at the intersection of art and design. She is currently the Deputy Head of School (Design) at the School of Art & Design in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.

She studied classical ballet at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne followed by design at UNSW Art & Design attaining a PhD (2015) in the field of contemporary jewellery. Her research is informed by theories from craft, jewellery, psychoanalysis and anthropology. She is particularly interested in explorations of movement within making practices and in relation to notions of place.

Veness has staged numerous solo exhibitions and curatorial projects in art, craft and design and has participated in over 70 national and international group exhibitions. Recent projects include new work developed for the Australian Design Centre’s national touring exhibition Made/Worn: Contemporary Australian Jewellery (2020-2022) and for solo exhibitions, The Stream of Time (2022) at Woollahra Gallery in Sydney and New Terrain in an Old World (2017) at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre in Canberra. She has also co-curated exhibitions including Wayfaring at Studio XL-XS in Melbourne (2019) followed by a second iteration of the exhibition at Craft ACT in Canberra (2020); and Remanence which was exhibited at Domain House in Hobart for the festival, Ten Days on the Island (2017) in Tasmania. Project outcomes can be viewed at zoeveness.com

She has been artist-in-residence at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon in NSW, Australia (2010) and at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland (2006). Her work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia. 

She supervises research students in the areas of contemporary craft and jewellery practice, jewellery history, object design and textiles design.

Previous to UNSW, she worked as Studio Coordinator of Object and 3D Design at the School of Creative Arts and Media, University of Tasmania in Hobart. 

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Veness Z, 2021, 'Post-COVID reflections on material-making for design students at Art & Design, University of New South Wales', NiTRO, https://ddcanitro.squarespace.com/articles?author=60ffe900c5b2604291a006d4#show-archive
  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2022
    Veness Z, 2022, The Stream of Time. Solo exhibition, The Stream of Time, Woollahra Gallery, 16 April 2022 - 03 April 2022, at: https://www.woollahragallery.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/the-stream-of-time
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Samsarasekara I; Moline K; Veness Z, 2021, 'Reimagining the Cosmopolitanism of Sri Lanka through Cultural Artefacts', in New Networks, Online, presented at 2021 ACUADS/DDCA Conference, Online, 28 October 2021 - 29 October 2021, https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/reimagining-the-cosmopolitanism-of-sri-lanka-through-cultural-artefacts/
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    Veness Z, 2021, 'Folding Space-Time: Wayfaring through Object Making', presented at Value Chains Reset: The JMGA conference redistributed - Jewellery Values - Materiality, Making & Movement, 09 October 2021, https://sydneycraftweek.com/events/jewellery-values-materiality-making-movement/
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Veness Z, 2021, 'Resilience Narratives: Shifting Imperatives of Material-Making during Times of Crisis', in New Networks, Online, presented at 2021 ACUADS/DDCA Conference, Online, 28 October 2021 - 29 October 2021, https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/resilience-narratives-shifting-imperatives-of-material-making-during-times-of-crisis/
    Creative Written Works | 2020
    Veness Z, 2020, New Terrain in an Old World, Frangipani: Garland Compendium Three, Murray K, (ed.), Blurb Incorporated
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Veness Z, 2020, The Return Loop. In: Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery, Made/Worn: Australian Contemporary Jewellery, Australian Design Centre and national tour, 30 June 2020 - 03 July 2022, medium: Contemporary Jewellery, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/madeworncontemporaryjewellery/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Veness Z, 2020, Waiting. In: Design Isolate, Design | Isolate Exhibition, Australian Design Centre, 26 November 2020 - 27 January 2021, medium: journal and contemporary jewellery, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/object-digital/design-isolate/zoe-veness/
    Curatorial Outputs | 2020
    Veness Z; Stubbs S; Dower B; Lindsay S, 2020, Wayfaring (Stage 2), exhibited at: Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Canberra, 26 March 2020 - 09 May 2020, https://craftact.org.au/collections/wayfaring
    Creative Written Works | 2019
    Veness Z, 2019, Wayfaring, Murray K, (ed.), Garland Magazine, World Crafts Council - Australia, World Crafts Council, https://garlandmag.com/loop/zoe-veness/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Veness Z, 2019, A Landscape of Our Making. In: Picturesque, Picturesque, JamFactory at Seppeltsfield, South Australia, 29 November 2019 - 09 February 2020, medium: contemporary jewellery and objects, at: https://www.jamfactory.com.au/marmalade/2019/8/8/exhibition-insight-picturesque
    Curatorial Outputs | 2019
    Veness Z; Stubbs S; Dower B; Lindsay S, 2019, Wayfaring (Stage 1), exhibited at: studio xl_xs, Melbourne, 13 September 2019 - 15 September 2019, http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/wayfaring.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Veness Z; Veness S, 2019, Wayfaring (vessel series). Affinity (brooch series). Waiting (autonomous jewellery)., Affinity. Joint Exhibition, Stacks Projects, Sydney, 25 July 2019 - 11 August 2019, medium: Affinity exhibition (joint) including collaborative series of contemporary jewellery designs, at: http://www.stacksprojects.com/affinity.html
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Hogan J; Veness ZJ; Jones S; Hughes P, 2018, 'Reparation: Three points of contact', presented at Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres: Humanities in the Regions 2018, Launceston Tasmania, 10 May 2018 - 11 May 2018, http://www.utas.edu.au/humanities/events/event/2018/may/humanities-in-the-regions-collaborating-with-collecting-and-cultural-institutions
    Creative Written Works | 2018
    Veness Z, 2018, New Terrain in an Old World, Murray K, (ed.), Garland Magazine, https://garlandmag.com/article/new-terrain-in-an-old-world/
    Curatorial Outputs | 2018
    Veness Z; Young M, 2018, Thinking through making: new strategies in design education and research, exhibited at: UNSW AD Space, Sydney, 09 October 2018 - 13 October 2018, https://www.sydneycraftweek.com/events/thinking-through-making-new-strategies-design-education-and-research/
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Juliff T; Keating MJ; Norrie H; Veness ZJ; Kratz SJ, 2017, 'Praxis Now: Frayling's 'Research in Art and Design' 24 years on', in ACUADS Conference 2017, Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools, Australian National University School of Art & Design Canberra, presented at Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools, Australian National University School of Art & Design Canberra, 28 September 2017 - 29 September 2017, http://acuads.com.au/conference/article/praxis-now-fraylings-research-in-art-and-design-24-years-on/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Veness ZJ, 2017, A Grand Collar. In: Urban-a-wear-ness, Urban-A-Wear-Ness, RMIT University, Bowen Lane, Melbourne, 02 September 2017 - 02 September 2017, at: http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/urban-andashwearndashness.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Veness ZJ, 2017, New Terrain in an Old World. Solo Exhibition, New Terrain in an Old World, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, 16 November 2017 - 16 December 2017, at: https://craftact.org.au/blogs/past-exhibitions/folding-space-holding-time
    Curatorial Outputs | 2017
    Veness ZJ, 2017, Remanence, exhibited at: Domain House, Hobart, Tasmania, 17 March 2017 - 26 March 2017, Remanence - New Work for Ten Days on the Island Festival, https://www.tendays.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/brochure_2017-1.pdf
    Curatorial Outputs | 2017
    Veness ZJ; Jones SL, 2017, Posterzine Project, exhibited at: Studio Ingot Melbourne, 26 August 2017 - 02 September 2017, The Posterzine Project - New Work for Radiant Pavilion Biennial, http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/the-posterzine-project.html
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Veness ZJ; Tieu B, 2016, 'Poetic Dimensions: Jewellery Conversations about Design Process', in Poetic Dimensions: Jewellery Conversations about Design Process, ICDHS The International Conference on Design History and Design Studies: Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History, Taipei, presented at ICDHS The International Conference on Design History and Design Studies: Making Trans/national Contemporary Design History, Taipei, 26 October 2016 - 28 October 2016, https://www.facebook.com/ICDHS2016Taipei/
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Veness ZJ, 2015, 'To make an end is to make a beginning', presented at edgesbordersgaps: 16th Jewellery and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, 11 July 2015 - 12 July 2015, http://www.edgesbordersgaps.com.au/%20%20http://www.edgesbordersgaps.com.au/abstracts1.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Veness ZJ, 2015, Autonomous Jewellery. Solo Exhibition, Autonomous Jewellery, Studio 20/17 Contemporary Jewellery Sydney, 20 October 2015 - 07 November 2015, at: https://www.facebook.com/events/955174571220172/
    Theses / Dissertations | 2015
    Veness ZJ, 2015, Towards Autonomous Jewellery: Examining the loop between jewellery and the body through a sculptural dimension
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Veness ZJ, 2014, To make an end is to make a beginning. Solo Exhibition, To make an end is to make a beginning, ADSpace UNSW Art & Design, 03 November 2014 - 07 November 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Veness ZJ, 2012, 'Holding Time: An Analysis of Jewellery Making', presented at Making: An International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway, 24 September 2012 - 27 September 2012, http://making.nordfo.org/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2006
    Veness ZJ, 2006, Mathematical Beauty. Solo Exhibition, Mathematical Beauty, Australian Design Centre (formerly Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design), 11 November 2006 - 07 January 2007, at: http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/451457/Zo_Jay_Veness_Mathematical_Beauty/Zo_Jay_Veness_Mathematical_Beauty
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2005
    Veness ZJ, 2005, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8... Solo Exhibition, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8..., Two Cubed, Sherman Galleries, 13 August 2005 - 31 August 2005, at: http://shermangalleries.sherman-scaf.org.au/exhibitions/twocubes.asp.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2005
    Veness ZJ, 2005, The Infinite Fold. Solo Exhibition, The Infinite Fold, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, 13 August 2005 - 31 August 2005
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2004
    Veness ZJ, 2004, Alchemical Analogies. Solo Exhibition, Alchemical Analogies, Ivan Dougherty Gallery UNSW, 10 February 2004 - 14 February 2004