North QLD Biennial Ceramic Award 2016 - Finalist
I am very pleased my new work entitled Shogun's Lament has been selected as a finalist in the North Queensland Biennial Ceramic Award 2016.
Exhibition will be held from 11 March - 1 May 2016
Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville, QLD
Naked & Nude Award - FinalistI am very pleased to be a finalist in Manning Art Gallery's award exhibition - Naked & Nude. This is the second time I have been a finalist in the award! Exhibition opens on 12 September to 25 October 2015.
Recent commissions - works on paper
I was recently invited to create two private commissions from the TEXTile Study Series. The paper-based artworks using recycled foreign newsprint usually focus on the rich history of traditional textile design from South East Asia, India or Korea. However, two separate clients have requested pieces celebrating traditional Latvian textile designs. Thank you to my globe trotting friends who brought back newspapers from all over the world for me! It has been a pleasure to work with my own Eastern European cultural heritage and this process has triggered many memories of my grand parent's home.
Art & About 2013
The We heART librarians exhibition at Surry Hills Library, showcases the creative library folk who work for City of Sydney. Continuing the Art & About mantra to show art in unusual places, this exhibition has something for everyone: featuring jewellery, works on paper, photography & textiles. On display from
20 September to 20 October 2013
For program of events and exhibitions: http://www.artandabout.com.au
Artist-in-residence Regional NSW
Zara spent three weeks in the historic gold mining town of Gulgong during March 2010. Summervale Cottage is situated 15 minutes out of Gulgong on a working sheep farm. Peaceful and productive, Zara experimented with a wide array of materials during the residency. Developing a new collection of drawings, collages and jewellery.
Manning Art Prize 2013 - Finalist
Gallery Director Sue Mitchell says “Naked and Nude refers to two things – firstly, the great tradition of The Nude: a person who is bare with no covering or decoration. Secondly, a wider definition: something that is revealed, laid bare, unmasked or vulnerable”.
The 11th biennial Manning Art Prize 2013 Manning Art Prize will be judged by Art Critic John McDonald, two of my artworks from the Shogun's Lament series have been shortlisted for the erotic themed exhibition. For a complete list of the finalists please visit the website:
To have a peek at the 2013 e-catalogue:
National Erotica Art Prize 2010 - Winner
EROTICA is an art prize... that challenges artists to make work that explores all the elements of the erotic... to find a simple sensuality or to tackle highly sexual imagery that is not exploitative or pornographic.
Winners of the 2010 Erotica — National Acquisitive Art Prize have been acquired for the Alex Mackay Public Art Collection.
Winners for the 2010 Award include: Kim Guthrie, Zara Collins, Steve Cox, Simone Eisler, Julia Holden, Clare Bond, Deborah White and Cathie Brooker.
Ebbeltoft Museum Denmark - Young Glass 2007
The Pillowbook Series was selected for the prestigious Young Glass Award & Exhibition at the Ebbeltoft Museum in Denmark. Australian glass artists selected as finalists for Young Glass 2007 include Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas & Nicole Ayliffe.
For more information on the exhibition and award please visit: www.glasmuseet.dk
New Australian Glass in New York USA
Curated by Ben Sewell, this exhibition featuring Lisa Cahill, Andrew Lavery, Morgan Shimeld and Zara Collins, displays the diversity & skill in Australian studio glass. On display at Chappell Gallery New York, during June 2007.
Ranamok Glass Prize 2006 - Finalist
The Pillowbook Series was selected for the 2006 Ranamok Glass Prize. “The original drawings on the ‘Art of Love’ were suppressed by the ruling Dynasty. Frozen in time like the bubbles around them, these evocative drawings await a new audience.” For more on the Ranamok Prize, exhibition and national tour please visit: www.ranamok.com
SOFA Chicago 2001 & 2002
Maureen Cahill, Director of the Glass Artists’ Gallery exhibited Zara’s evocative glass and copper drawings at both 2001 and 2002 SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) Exposition in Chicago, USA.
International Student Award - First Prize, New York 2000
Stolen Glimpses was my first collection of drawings - copper wire fused inside of glass. The work aims “to draw the viewer in for closer observation, to let them unravel the secrets behind the glass.” This body of work was awarded first prize at the Glass Art Society’s International Student Exhibition in Brooklyn, New York in 2000 and chosen as a finalist in the RFC Glass Prize (now called the Ranamok Glass Prize). www.glassart.org
Collaborative Project: Transpire
A collaborative exhibition by Eva Katsikidis (MVA candidate) and Zara Collins (BVA candidate) - which evokes memories from the past and challenges the distortion of memories over time. Exhibited at Gallery 132 through Sydney College of the Arts in 1999.
SOFA Chicago 2001 - Craft Australia Exhibition
This innovative body of work was designed and realized during an artist-in-residency at The Gunnery Studios through The NSW Ministry for the Arts in 2001. Experimentation with shed snake skin, plastic and resin for the international exhibition Australian Textile Art – The Material Speaks curated by Craft Australia as a special exhibit at SOFA Chicago 2001(Sculpture Objects & Functional Art). Please see SOFA website for catalogue essay on Australian Textile Art – The Material Speaks.
Article Exhibition - Art meets News
Article is the culmination of 60 emerging and well-known artist's reaction on published articles that have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Artists include Adam Cullen, Graeme Bannerman, Zara Collins, Guan Wei, Allan Giddy amoung others.
As a dialogue, the result is often politically transgressive, deliciously sardonic and wickedly funny.
The Wharf Woolloomooloo, 8 June - 21 June 2001.