Zoë MacDonell


Zoë MacDonell’s practice spans across various mediums of drawing, painting and textiles. She was born in England, and lived in Africa and America before settling in Australia in 1993. She received a Bachelor of Applied Arts (hons) from the College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales and has taught at COFA UNSW and at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Zoë has exhibited her work across Australia and internationally. She has been the recipient of numerous artist in residency scholarships and programs including in Australia at Artspace Contemporary Art Centre; Hill End through the Bathurst Regional Art gallery; Bundanon, Arthur Boyd’s property; aboard the Marina Svetaeva in Antarctica; and the Royal Overseas Leagues in London and Scotland. Zoë has received numerous grants, including from the Australia Council for Arts; Arts NSW and the National Association for the Visual Arts. Zoë’s portrait was painted by Angus McDonald and included in the 2009 Archibald at the Art Gallery of NSW. Recent exhibitions include the Fleurieu Art Prize (2013) curated by Nigel Hirst, the Director of the Saatchi Gallery in London; Signal 8 at Cat St Gallery in Hong Kong and a solo exhibition at Art Equity, Sydney. 

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Here is The link for the most recent solo show at Art Equity, Sydney: Sweet Edge

Academic Qualifications


Printmaking Course, National School of Art, Sydney, Australia.


Bachelor of Applied Arts, College of Fine Art (COFA), University of New South Wales (Hons), Australia.

Selected Exhibitions: Solo


Sweet Edge; Art Equity, Sydney.

Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, Object Gallery; Australian Design Centre, Sydney.

Group Exhibition, Art Equity, Sydney.


Antarctic Separation, Chalk Horse, Sydney. 


Ecstatic Shadow, BUS Gallery Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne.


Soft Tension, Window, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney.

Shadows on the Floor, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney.


Small Worlds, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong.


An Illusion to Move Me, ‘twocubes’ at Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

Selected Exhibitions: Group


Cross Street Project, Bronte Apartment; www.crossstreet.com.au

Signal 8, Cat St Gallery, Hong Kong.

Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design; Object, Australian Design Centre.


Fleurieu Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, curated by Nigel Hurst Director of Saatchi Gallery London, Mclaren Vale and The Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

Group Show, Art Equity, Sydney.


Here we Are, MICK Gallery, Sydney.

Funeral Songs Project, Museum of Old and New Art MONA, Tasmania.

Royal Overseas League Visual Arts Scholarship Exhibition, gallery@oxo, OXO Tower, London. 

Young Guns, COMODAA, London. 


Postcard show, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW Australia. 


ABN AMRO  (now Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award), Finalist Exhibition, Chifley Plaza, Sydney.


Helen Lempriere, Finalist Exhibition, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney.

Reindeer, Chalk Horse, Sydney.

Square Dance, First Draft Gallery, Sydney.


Match Box Projects, International Design Center Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan.

Match Box Projects, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW Australia.

Blurring the Boundaries, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, NSW Australia.

Strange Worlds, China Heights, Sydney.

Workshopped 06, Installation in Chifley Plaza during Sydney Design Week, Pitt St, Sydney.

Heart of Australia, Artspace, Adelaide.

Post-it, Satellite Event for the Sydney Biennale, Pelaton Gallery, Sydney.


Workshopped 05, Installation in Strand Arcade during Sydney Design Week, Pitt St, Sydney.


Artful Mining, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW Australia.

Tyranny of Distance, Omotesando, Tokyo, Seoul Korea.

Marks and Memory, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, NSW Australia.

Workshopped 04, Installation in Strand Arcade during Sydney Design Week, Pitt St, Sydney.


Talente (student work), International Exhibition, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany.

Art and About, City of Sydney, 26 street banners throughout city of Sydney, & projection on AMP building.


Object Award for Studio Based Practice (student), national graduate exhibition, Object Gallery, Sydney.

Artist Residencies Awarded


Royal Over Seas League Visual Art Scholarship, artist residency London & Scotland Hospitalfield Art Centre, Arbroath.


Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Studio Residency Program, Sydney. 

Bundanon Artist in Residence Program, Arthur Boyd's property, NSW Australia.

Antarctica, guest artist Mawson’s Huts Foundation in association with the Australian Antarctic Division.


Hill End Artists in Residency Program, funded by Arts NSW Australia.


Stuart Town Studio Residency, NSW Australia.

St Helena Constantine Residency at Byron Bay, associated with Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney.

Tasmania School of Art, Visiting Artist, Hobart, Tasmania. 


Hill End Artists in Residency Program, funded by Arts NSW Australia.



Fleurieu Art Prize Finalist, curated by Nigel Hurst Director of Saatchi Gallery London, Mclaren Vale and The Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.


ABN AMRO (now Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award), Finalist, Australia.

NSW Artists Marketing Scheme, Arts NSW,  National Association for the Visual Arts, Australia.


Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Finalist, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Australia.

Realise Your Dream Award, British Council, runner up with financial award at Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.

Landerer Arts Scholarship, British Council Australia Finalist.

Noise Art Award runner up, out of 50 artists, Australia.


SOYA Pictures, Finalist, Australia.

New Work Grant, Emerging Artist, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia.


Special Achievement Award and Highly Commended in the Sydney Powerhouse Museum Wizard Award, Australia.


Craft-In-Site program, Object, project funding, NSW Australia.

COFA Online Course Author Fellowship, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia.


Object Award for Studio Based Practice (student), Object Gallery, NSW, Australia.


University of New South Wales Honours Scholarship. (student).

Selected Bibliography


Tricanico, P.  Decollagehttp://www.decollagedesign.com/abcdesign/macdonell-zoe/.

Organo,S. Liquidland Documentary. http://object.com.au/learning/video-audio-gallery/entry/zoe_macdonellresolved_journeys_in_australian_design/


Harrington, Z. (ed). Sculpture and the Enemies, ‘Zoe MacDonell’, May/June 2011, pp.20-25.


Dundee Courier, Scotland, ‘Another Chance to Meet Artists, October 21st


Harpers Bazaar, October. pp.32 & 54.

Foxtel, Skills One, documentary on Zoë MacDonell’s Art Practice.

Lambardo, F. Vogue Living, ‘Shadow Play’, Artist Profile, May/June 2008, pp.65-68.


Koumis, M. (ed). Art Textiles of the World: Australia, Telos Art Publishing, London.


James, J. Belle magazine, ‘Finishing Touch’, August/September issue, page 194, Editors Choice.

Cochrane, G. Object Magazine 50, 'Stitches in Time: Directions in Textiles', August 2006, Cover Image & pp. 16-17.


Burton Taylor, J. Sydney Morning Herald, Domain, ‘The Art of the Find’, Jan 20th, p.14.

MacDonell, Z. Craft Victoria, ‘Hi Tokyo’, [online] http://craftvic.org.au/resources/craft-culture/2005/hi-tokyo.

MacDonell, Z. Craft Victoria, ‘Journey to Hill End’, [online] http://craftvic.org.au/resources/craft-culture/2006/journey-to-hill-end.


Beavan, R. Vogue Living, ‘Treasured Maps’, November/December 2004, pp. 75-76.

Kenyon, G. College of Fine Arts, COFA, University of New South Wales, Spring, ‘Lines of a Journey’.

Kilbey, J. Australian Art Review, ‘The Topography of Inspiration’, July to Oct, pp.34-36.

Tran Lam, L. State of the Arts, ‘Zoë MacDonell’, July to Sept, pp. 72-73.

MacDonell, Z. Craft Victoria, ‘Journey to Hill End’, [online]


Brennan, B. Vogue Living, ‘Blanc Canvas’, pp.73-76, Oct-Nov, 2003.

Adams, A. Noise: Magazine, ‘Bright Lights’, p.45, 2003.

Merril, M. The Program, ‘Arts Rare Mediums’, ‘News section, p.4’ [online], http://www.theprogram.net.au [2003, April] (Initiative of the Australia Council, Noise).

Invited Artist Talks


Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, Cairns Regiona Art Gallery, QLD. 


Matisse Derivan, Sydney.


Hospitalfield Art Centre, Arbroath, Scotland.


Bundanon Arthur Boyd's property, Australia.


Artspace, Helen Lempriere Finalist Exhibition, Sydney.

Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Tusculum Gallery, Sydney.

Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney.

Tasmania School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania.


Sydney Design Week, Workshopped, hosted by David Clarke (ed Vogue Living), Sydney.

Blurring the Boundaries, Fairfield Regional Gallery, NSW Australia.

College of Fine Arts UNSW, COFA Research Week, Sydney.


SH Ervin Gallery, The Legacy of Jean Bellette – Hill End Artist in Residence Program, Sydney.

d-factory, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.


Sydney Opera House, Talking Culture: Sydney Style Forum, Sydney Festival.

College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales, COFA Research Week, Australia.

Public Collections

Art bank Australia.

Art Equity, Australia.

Object Gallery, Australian Centre for Design, Sydney.

Rockingham North Carolina Municipal Building, USA.

Private Collections

UK, New York, US, Hong Kong, Italy, Indonesia and Australia.

Teaching and Curriculum Development


Workshops in association with Resolved Exhibition Object Gallery: Australian Centre for Design, Sydney & Cairns Regional Art Gallery QLD.


Casual Academic, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia. 


Casual Academic, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW Australia. 

City East Community College course development and teaching, Australia. 


Visiting Artist, Australia National University, Art Faculty, Canberra, NSW Australia. 

City East Community College course development and teaching, Australia. 


Scientia gifted children program, University of New South Wales, Australia.


Online Author Fellowship, for the Online Faculty, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia.

In addition to various other short courses at Regional Art Galleries and Community Colleges in Australia.