Zara CollinsWabi Sabi5th of August - 15th of August 2015 | Stanley Street Gallery

Zara Collins
Wabi Sabi

5th of August – 15th of August 2015



I am currently exploring the notion of Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese concept of beauty and the impermanence of life. Characteristics of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic include irregularity, simplicity, modesty and an appreciation for the integrity of natural objects and processes. Experimenting with ceramics, glaze-combinations and sterling silver to create unique jewellery pieces that celebrate intuition and imperfection.

During my secondary studies I was lucky enough to visit Japan on a Cultural Exchange, staying with host families in Himeji and the Tokyo Hills. This incredible experience exposed me to the history, conventions, traditional crafts, food and people of Japan. I have been obsessed with Japanese textile designs and fascinated by traditional and contemporary Japanese culture ever since.



The process of transformation is at the crux of Zara Collins’ contemporary art practice. Her work is bound together by ideas of reinterpretation, appropriation and reinvention.  A variety of techniques, processes and styles are utilized to create her unique artworks, objects and jewellery. In addition to exhibiting new work regularly, Zara is an independant curator, specialising in Australian contemporary craft.

Zara divides her studio time between Darlinghurst, Sydney and the Illawarra coast.






2000                Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University.

2015                Wabi-Sabi, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2014                Hotch-Potch Curio Cabinet, Sterling Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2012                Lost in Translation Curio Cabinet, Sterling, Gaffa Gallery, NSW.
2008                Shanghai Chic Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Shop, NSW.
2005                Beijing Takings Pyrmont Studios Gallery, Sydney.
2004                Dreams of Spring JamFactory Purple Space, Adelaide, SA.
                         Finders Keepers Cul-de-sac Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003              Takeaway Gallery 4A, Sydney, NSW.
                       Finders Keepers Zu design jewellery + objects, Adelaide, SA.
                       Finders Keepers Craft Queensland, Ivory Street Window, QLD.


2007                Le Boudoir Secret with Kat Freene, Jam Factory Gallery II, Adelaide , SA
Le Boudoir Secret with Kat Freene, Cul-de-sac Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1999               Transpire with Eva Katsikidis, Gallery 132, SCA Gallery, Sydney NSW.



Belonging, ANU School of Art, Sofa Gallery, Canberra, ACT.
Profile 15, Airspace Projects, Marrickville, NSW.
White Heat - ceramic jewellery travelling exhibition Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW.

Meroogal Womens Art Prize, Sydney Living Museums, NSW.
Over your head Stanley Street Gallery, NSW.
Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast Art Centre, QLD
Exquisite, Zu Design, Adelaide, SA.
On the Edge Zu Design, Adelaide, SA.
Transform Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
White Heat travelling exhibition Craft ACT & Jamfactory, SA.

Naked & Nude Manning Art Prize, Manning Art Gallery, Tarree, NSW.
Takeaway 2013 JMGA-NSW, Studio 20/17, Sydney, NSW.
Wearable Art Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
White Heat- ceramic jewellery Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
The finer things Zu Design, Adelaide, SA.
Art & About Festival Surry Hills Library, Sydney, NSW.
Sculpture for Sight Sight for All, St Marks College, Adelaide, SA.

Grass is Greener… Zu Design, Adelaide, SA.
Handpicked Zu Design, Adelaide, SA.
Wearable Art Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.

Trans-Siberian Arts Centre Project exhibition from Moscow to Beijing.
Wearable Art Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Box Project New Zealand Touring Exhibition.

National Erotica Art Prize 2010 Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane, QLD.
RE:Production Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Hang Around Zu Design jewellery + objects, Adelaide, SA.
Box Project Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Wearable Art Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Friends of Breathing Colours Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney.
NCJA Griffith Regional Gallery, NSW.

From Mao to Now Sydney Olympic Park, The Armoury, Sydney.
Wearable Art Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne,VIC.
Showcase Studio 20/17, Dank Street Complex, NSW.

Young Glass 2007 Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark.
Hobart Art Prize 2007 Finalist in Glass Section, Hobart, Tasmania.
New from Australia Chappell Gallery, New York, USA.
Encore Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
30th Alice Craft Acquisition Award Alice Springs, NT.

Ranamok Glass Prize 2006 Australian touring exhibition.
Baubles, Bangles & Beads Bathurst Regional Gallery and Australian Tour.
Expeditions 06 Metalab Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Embrace Soda Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
 Heart of Australia Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA.

29th Alice Craft Acquisition Award Alice Springs, NT.
Zu-est Zu Design jewellery + objects, Adelaide, SA.
Utility in Touch Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney University.
Talente International Emerging Designers Exhibition & Award, Munich, Germany.
Australian Jewellery Showcase Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, China.
40 Object Galleries, Sydney, NSW.
Here be Dragons 1000 Degrees, Avalon, NSW.
Reflections Wagga Regional Gallery, NSW.

Cities of Gold & Silver Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT.
SALA Festival, JamFactory Metal Studio Showcase, Adelaide, SA.
28th Alice Craft Acquisition Award Alice Springs, NT.

SOFA, Glass Artists’ Gallery Exhibit, Chicago, USA.
27th Alice Craft Acquisition Award Alice Springs, NT.
Contemporary Wearables 01 Australian Touring Exhibition.

SOFA, Glass Artists’ Gallery Exhibit, Chicago, USA.
SOFA, Australian Textile Art – the Material Speaks’ Craft Australia, USA.
Contemporary Wearables 01 Toowoomba Regional Gallery, QLD.
RFC Glass Prize 2000 Australian Touring Exhibition.
Where are we going? Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
She who must be obeyed Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, VIC.

GAS International Student Exhibition Circle Gallery, New York, USA.
RFC Glass Prize Volvo Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Shades of Red & White Newspace, SASCA Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Frisk – MCA Staff Exhibition First Draft, Sydney, NSW.

Wee Gallery 19, Sydney, NSW.



2014                Finalist, Meroogal Womens Art Prize, Sydney Living Museums.

Finalist, Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre.

2013                Finalist, Manning Art Prize 2013 – Naked & Nude, Manning Art Gallery.

Recipient, Australia Cultural Fund/Creative Partnership Australia DGR status.

2010                First Prize(shared), National Erotica Art Prize 2010, Artsworkers Alliance, QLD.

2007                Finalist, Young Glass 2007, Ebeltoft Glasmuseet, Denmark.

Finalist, Hobart Art Prize 2007, Glass Section, Hobart, Tasmania.

2006                Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize 2006 and Australian Touring exhibition.

2004                Recipient, Australia-China Council Residency in Beijing, China.

2003                Recipient, Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant, NAVA.

Finalist Talente International Award & Exhibition, Munich, Germany.

2002                Recipient, Cultural Grant, Ian Potter Foundation, Melbourne, VIC.

2001                Recipient, NSW Marketing Grant, NAVA.

Finalist Contemporary Wearables 01 Toowoomba Regional Gallery, QLD.

2000                First Prize, GAS International Student Exhibition, New York, USA.

Finalist, RFC Glass Prize 2000 and Australian Touring exhibition.



Curator, White Heat contemporary ceramic jewellery, Wollongong Art Gallery,NSW.
Curator-led tours & workshops for International Day of Ability, White Heat.
Curator, White Heat contemporary ceramic jewellery, Craft ACT, Jamfactory, SA.
Curator, White Heat contemporary ceramic jewellery, Gaffa Gallery, NSW.
Curator-led tour, White Heat, Sydney Design Week, Gaffa Gallery, NSW
Attended Crowd Funding Seminar, Artsupport, Australia Council.
Curator, Places & Spaces, Cudgegong Gallery, NSW
Artist-in-residency, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW.
Internship Mentor, COFA jewellery design and professional practice placement.
Attended, Abaf workshop: Reaching Your Target Audience, Sydney NSW.
Prop making, National Maritime Museum, ‘Kids Deck’ Program.
Artists’ Talk, Mackellar Girls High, Jewellery Design, Techniques & Methods, Sydney.
Prop making, National Maritime Museum, Mini-Mariners Program.
Artists’ Talk, Baubles Bangles & Beads @ Object Gallery for Enmore Design students.
Artists’ Talk, Ranamok Glass Prize 2006 Sydney Opera House Exhibition Hall, Sydney.
Curator, All That Glitters… GAS Conference 2005, JamFactory Adelaide, SA.
Visiting Artist Program, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, NSW.
Research Residency in Beijing, Australia-China Council.
Artists’ Talk, Dreams of Spring Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA.
Nine month artist-in-residency, JamFactory Metal Studio, Adelaide, SA.
Six month artist-in-residency, NSW Ministry for the Arts, The Gunnery, Sydney. Associate Editor, Object Magazine, Issue 38, Sydney.
Curator, Blush Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney.
Curator, Fusion Object Gallery, Australian Centre for Craft & Design, Sydney.
GAS Conference, Public Lecture SCA – Glass Studio New York, USA.
Curator, Designate First Draft, Sydney.


2013                Ed K Lockwood, Craft Arts International No 88, page 72-73.

2010                Ed J Mateus, Box Project Catalogue, Sydney, page 12-13.

2008                From Mao to Now Catalogue, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, page 25.

2007                Hobart Art Prize Catalogue, Hobart City Council, TAS, page 14.

G Swart ‘Yarns Spun into Gold’ Sydney Morning Herald, Essential 18/1/07, page 17.

Ed M Gates ‘Object’ Issue 52, Sydney, page 57.

2006                ‘Ranamok Glass Prize 2006’ exhibition catalogue, Sydney, page 13 & 14.

‘Heart of Australia’ exhibition catalogue, Adelaide, page 7 & 9.

Ed E Shaw “Lemel” Summer 05-06, Brisbane, page 7.

‘Baubles Bangles & Beads’ exhibition catalogue, Sydney, pages 11 & 12.

2005                ‘Australian House & Garden’ October Issue, Sydney, page 28.

Ed K Lockwood “Craft Arts International No 65” Sydney, page 117.

2004                ‘Talente 04’ exhibition & award catalogue, Germany, page 79.

Ed Lan Xi ‘Jewellery’ November Issue, Beijing, page 45.

Ed Kong Yue ‘China Gems’ September Issue, Beijing, pages 76-77.

Ed Wang Guo Wei ‘Platinum Life’ August Issue, Shanghai, pages 20-21.

Ed B Parkes ‘Object’ Issue 45, Sydney, page 81.

2003                Ed F Peters ‘Lemel’ Winter Issue, Melbourne, pages 54 & 36.

Ed K Lockwood ‘Craft Arts International’ Issue 59 Sydney, page 86.

Ed N Bearman ‘Scene’ October Issue, Sydney, page 22.

2002                Ed K Lockwood ‘Craft Arts International’ Issue 51, Sydney, pages 47-48.

‘SOFA Chicago 2002 Catalogue’ USA, page 36.

C Kidd ‘Red Hot Forms’ Telegraph, Sydney, page 22.

2001                Ed A Tosi ‘Vetro’ Issue 11/2001, Italy, page 32.

‘SOFA Chicago 2001 Catalogue’ USA, page 36 – 39.

‘Contemporary Wearables 2001 Catalogue’ Toowoomba Gallery, page 4.

2000                Ed S Benefield ‘Student Feature – GAS News’ Oct/Dec, USA, page 7.

Ed T Oldknow ‘Glass Art Society Journal 2000’ USA, page 60-61.

‘Glaushaus’ Issue 4/2000, Germany, page 2.

‘RFC 2000 Catalogue’ Sydney, page 18.

I Reich ‘Object’ Issue 3/2000, Sydney, page10.


Gallery & Retail Outlets

Queensland Art Gallery Store              Zu Design                                Jam Factory

Breathing Colours Gallery                    Beaver Galleries            



Numerous private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, United States, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada and China.


Alex MacKay Collection

Manning Art Gallery Collection