Zoe Brand | Stanley Street Gallery

Zoe Brand

Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1984, Zoe Brand left the Sunshine State bound for Sydney in 2004. Here she completed an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Object Design, worked in galleries, made jewellery, curated shows and wrote words. In 2012 Brand made the move to the Nations Capital, Canberra and in 2014 completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Gold and Silversmithing at the Australian National University. She has recently finished her Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours at the same university. She has exhibited in many group shows in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Estonia and her work is held in a number of significant private collections. Brand is also the Director of the Personal Space Project, a gallery located in her bedroom.


I make jewellery that uses jewellery archetypes, ready mades and text to explore the performative nature of jewellery as a device for communication. I am concerned with finding language that can describe both the object or the idea of the object, as well as the person who might wear the piece. My current body of work draws from readymade forms, more specifically from the plethora of signs and ephemera that are associated with commercial or retail situations and explores the way in which we negotiate commerce and transaction in these environments


2015 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Gold and Silversmithing), with Honours
Australian National University, ACT
2013 – 2014 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Gold and Silversmithing), Australian National University, ACT
2006 – 2008 Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Object Design, Design Centre, Enmore, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
2005 Short Course in Jewellery Making Collage of Fine Arts, NSW


2013 – present Director - Personal Space Project
2013 – 2015 - Chair - ANU Gold and Silversmithing Students Society
2012 - Committee Member - Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - NSW division
2012 - Exhibition Invigilator for 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations
2011 – 2014 - Internship with Eva Czernis-Ryl, Curator, Arts and Design at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2010 - Director/Curator - Keeper Gallery
2009 - Studio resident - Gaffa Gallery

2015 ‘Sometimes there isn’t anything to get’, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra
2014 ‘Words and Works from a World Away’, Estonian Museum of Applies Arts, Estonia 2014 ‘Intimately connected’ – M Contemporary, Sydney
2014 ‘The Poetics of Place’ – ATTA Gallery, Bangkok
2014 ‘Encounter’ - Bilk Gallery, ACT
2013 ‘Words and Works from a World Away’ – RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2012 ‘Once More, With Love’ - Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW & Bilk Gallery, ACT
2012 ‘Very Simple Proofs, The Trivial Ring’ - Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW
2011 Places and Spaces – Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong NSW
2011 Touch, Pause, Engage - Object Space Auckland, New Zealand
2011 The Company We Keep - Object Gallery Sydney, NSW
2010 The Box Project - Keeper Gallery @ Gaffa Gallery Sydney, NSW
2010 Winter Brooches - Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW
2010 Fidelity - Gaffa Gallery Sydney, NSW
2010 Emerging Sydney Jewellers Showcase- Jam Factory Adelaide, SA
2008 PinUp - Danks Street Depot I and II Sydney, NSW
2007 The Metalab Collective – Metalab Gallery Sydney, NSW

2012 2006 - Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW
2010 First & Last - Keeper Gallery @ Gaffa Gallery Sydney, NSW
2010 re:production - Keeper Gallery @ Gaffa Gallery Sydney, NSW
2010 Precious Material - Keeper Gallery @ Gaffa Gallery Sydney, NSW
2010 Homework - Mark Vaarwerk - Keeper Gallery @ Gaffa Gallery, NSW
2009 FEAST – hosted by Studio 20/17 - The Depot Gallery, NSW.
2009 Alter Ego – The Other I - Gaffa Gallery Surry Hills, NSW


2014 - Speaking in Plumes - Catalogue essay for Alice Potter
2013 - Just help yourself why don’tch – Catalogue essay for Bridget Kennedy
2013 - Gilty - Catalogue essay for Claire McArdle
2013 - Conduit – Catalogue essay for Mary Hackett
2012 – present - Brandlandia – regular column in Overview a New Zealand jewellery newsletter
2011 - 452 to Paradise – Catalogue essay for unnatural Acts, Velvet de Vinci, San Francisco, CA
2010 - The Box Project, Reflections - wall text for The Box Project travelling exhibition
2009 -The Brooch – Catalogue essay for Winter Brooches, Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW