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About

Zoë has a Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, from which she graduated with first class honours, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design from RMIT. After working in various commercial and not-for-profit arts and community organisations, Zoë began hosting pop-up exhibitions in the laneway behind her sharehouse, as well as arts workshops and life drawing classes.

 

In 2022 she founded Nabe Studios – a community-minded arts space with artist studios and event space, aimed at reducing barriers to creative participation. She excels at creating socially accessible spaces, and engaging audiences who may not typically partake in artistic and cultural events.

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CV

EDUCATION

  • 2022    University of Melbourne, Master of Arts and Cultural Management (Hons, First Class) 

  • 2015    RMIT, Bachelor of Communication Design (Hons)

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'TACTILE'

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'The Nabe Studios' Small-ish Art Prize' (Fundraising launch event)

  • 2022    Panic Room Gallery, 'STI’s I’ve Had; A Ceramic Journey to Queer Sexual Health' 

  • 2022    Panic Room Gallery, 'Hands On Isolation

  • 2022    Panic Room Gallery, 'Pageantry'

  • 2019    TakeAway Art Fair, 'Christmas Art Fair' (Co-Director, Creative Lead)

  • 2019    TakeAway Art Fair, 'October Art Fair' (Assistant Creative Director)

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'TACTILE'

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'A Seemingly Mundane Tapestry' 

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Dec Makers Market'

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Floristry Workshop'

  • 2023    The University of Melbourne, 'Industry Skills Workshop: Artist-run Initiatives and Small Art Spaces: with Mimi Kelly, Channon Goodwin, Phip Murray, Diego Ramírez' and Zoë Blow' (Panel Discussion for students, alumni, industry)

  • 2023    The University of Melbourne, 'Industry Skills Workshop: Working, Surviving and Thriving in Festivals and Performing Arts: Brendan Cooney, Connor Ross, Luke Fryer, Marco Cher-Gibard, Stephanie Young'  (Panel Discussion for students, alumni, industry)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Little Vessels' by Molly Cook 

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'm ö v i m e n t u m' by Meg Emery & Co-Exist Collective (Movement performance)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'EMPIRICAL: Body of Work' by Mitchell Beatty (Group exhibition)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Still Life' by Kodi Oke

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'School Holidays Crafts: Recycled Bunting Workshop' (Sustainable Kids Crafts) 

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'School Holidays Crafts: Paper Bead Necklace Workshop' (Sustainable Kids Crafts) 

  • 2023    Nabe Studios Breakfast Club Series, by Francesca Gonzales (Music industry conversations)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Crotchet Basics with Billie from Baggins Bags' (Craft Workshop)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Night Makers Market' (Aug)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Print & Sip with Loz Pierotti' (Lino Print Workshop)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Adding Colour' (Fundraising Exhibition)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Night Makers Market' (July)

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'Coffee and Collage' Workshop series by Megan Cousins' (Craft Workshops)

  • 2023    The University of Melbourne, 'Industry Skills Workshop: Pitching to Arts Hub with Rochelle Siemienowicz and Madeleine Swain'

  • 2023    The University of Melbourne, 'Industry Skills Workshop: Tessitura'

FACILITATION

  • CURRENT      Council Street Life Drawing

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'School Holidays Crafts: Recycled Bunting Workshop' (Sustainable Kids Crafts) 

  • 2023    Nabe Studios, 'School Holidays Crafts: Paper Bead Necklace Workshop' (Sustainable Kids Crafts) 

  • 2022     Testing Grounds, Launch Party, in partnership with The City of Melbourne, 'Council Street Life Drawing' (Free Still life session)

  • 2022     Testing Grounds, Summer Emporium, in partnership with The City of Melbourne, 'Council Street Life Drawing' (Free Still life session)

  • 2022     Bridge Darebin, Circular Economy Showcase ‘Craft With Zoë’ 

  • 2022     Bridge Darebin, Autumn Sustainable Craft Series 'Craft With Zoë’ (6 weeks)

  • 2022     Bridge Darebin, Autumn Program, ‘Urban Walking Group’ (6 weeks)

PUBLIC TALKS & LECTURERS

  • 2023  — Monash University, Guest lecturer on 'How new institutions interplay within the existing arts and cultural ecology', for Fine Arts and Curatorial Honours students

  • 2023  —  The University of Melbourne, Panel Speaker on 'Artist-run Initiatives and Small Art Spaces: with Mimi Kelly, Channon Goodwin, Phip Murray, Diego Ramírez', for Fine Arts, Curatorial and Arts & Cultural Management Masters students

 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & WRITING

  • 2023  — Bridge Darebin (Learn Local), 'Pathway to Pedagogy: Early Years Learning (ACSF level 4)’, (Rise 360) (Co-wrote)

  • 2023  — Bridge Darebin (Learn Local), 'Teacher Trainer Guide: Pathway to Pedagogy: Early Years Learning' (150 pg. PDF) (Co-wrote)

  • 2022  — Bridge Darebin (Learn Local), 'Micro-Business for Makers (ACSF level 3)’, (Rise 360)

  • 2022  — Bridge Darebin (Learn Local), 'Teacher Trainer Guide: Micro-Business for Makers' (150 pg. PDF)

 

PRESS & INTERVIEWS

  • 2023  — North West City News, 'Kensington’s new NABE-ourhood arts space' by Sean Car

  • 2023  — Podcast Guest, Episode 1, 'What Artists Eat' by Claire Lefebvre and  Zoltan Fecso

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2022 - CURRENT  —  Nabe Studios (formerly Panic Room Gallery), Founder & Director

  • 2019 - CURRENT —  Council Street Life DrawingFounder & Facilitator

  • 2023 - CURRENT  —  Creative Community Connections Coordinator, Melbourne University 

  • 2023   —  Louise Marson, Artist Management (contract)

  • 2022  —  Studio Gallery Group Cheltenham, Art Consultant (full time)

  • 2021 - 2023  —  Bridge Darebin, Curriculum Developer, Writer & Designer / Workshop Facilitator (contract)

  • 2022 - 2023  —  Testing Grounds, Operational Casual Staff (casual)

  • 2021 - 2022  —  Visionary Images, Artist Assistant & Workshop Facilitator (contract)

  • 2019 - 2022   —  Poppies for Grace, Installation Technician, Retail Assistant (casual)

  • 2019  —  TakeAway Art Fair, Creative Director / Operations Manager

  • 2017 - 2019  —  Big Red Communications Group, Digital Designer

  • 2013 - 2022  -— Freelance Graphic Design, (sole trader)

INTERNSHIPS & VOLUNTEERING

2022  —  Brunswick Street Gallery, Sales Assistance

2021  —  Bridge Darebin, Programming

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