Zoë Veness is a designer and Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design with research interests in material culture and contemporary craft practice. Current research projects include the exhibition project Wayfaring (2019-2021), which is supported by an Exhibition Development Fund from Contemporary Art Tasmania; and Return Loop an ongoing contemporary jewellery series with current works in Made/Worn (2020-2023), a touring exhibition organised by the Australia Design Centre.
Her work has been selected for exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, London, Scotland, Germany, and the USA, and is held in public collections at the National Gallery of Australia, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Her solo exhibitions include: New Terrain in an Old World (2017) at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in Canberra; Autonomous Jewellery (2015) at Studio 20/17 in Sydney; To make an end is to make a beginning (2014) at AD Space UNSW in Sydney; The Infinite Fold (2009) at Jam Factory: Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide; Transformations (2008) at Masterworks Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand; and Mathematical Beauty (2007) at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney.
Zoë received an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2011 for PhD research at UNSW Art & Design, and Australia Council Visual Arts Grants in 2002, 2006 and 2017 for the development of new work and to support an artist-in-residence at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 2006.