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TCotA Arts Forum | Zoë Veness


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

29 Jul 2016 12:30 pm

End Date

29 Jul 2016 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Zoë Veness

Dr Zoë Veness is a contemporary jeweller and academic with interests in issues of materiality, process-oriented approaches to design practice and body-object relations. Her work has been selected for exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, London, Scotland, Germany, and the USA, and is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She is the recipient of awards, grants and residencies including an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2011 to undertake PhD research at UNSW Art & Design in which she examined jewellery-sculpture transitions in contemporary art/design practice. In July Zoë moved from the South Coast of NSW to commence as Lecturer of Object Design at TCotA in Hobart. Previously she was Associate Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design in Sydney.

Zoë will use this opportunity to introduce herself to the TCotA community by discussing her artistic journey from studying classical ballet at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne through to design at UNSW in Sydney. Included in her talk will be references to various influences in her life that will lead to discussions about two bodies of research. The first will focus on the notion of alchemical processes in contemporary jewellery that she explored for her Masters and the second will discuss the paradox of autonomous jewellery that she developed for her PhD.

Image credit: Zoe Veness, Green Coil, 2014

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.