Dr Zoe Veness
Senior Lecturer

Dr Zoe Veness

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

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 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. 

  • 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
  • Conference Presentations | 2022
    Veness Z, 2022, 'Surfaces of Time: Patination and Colouring in Vessel Making', presented at Histories of Metallurgy and Metal Material Culture Symposium, Australian National University, 18 November 2022 - 18 November 2022, https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/events/histories-metallurgy-metal-material-culture
    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, medium: contemporary jewellery and vessels displayed on custom made plinths and wall panels, at: https://www.woollahragallery.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/the-stream-of-time
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2022
    Veness Z, 2022, Wayfaring Vessels, The Lake Art Prize 2022, The Vessel – Contained Within and Moving Between, Museum of Art and Culture yapang, Lake Macquarie, NSW, 24 September 2022 - 11 December 2022, medium: nine lidded vessels in copper, brass, sterling silver, gold, silver solders, various patina finishes, at: https://mac.lakemac.com.au/Events/Lake-Art-Prize-2022
    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/
    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 | 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 | 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
    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
    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
    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/
    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/
    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/
    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
    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
    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

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)

Previous supervisions

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)