Zara Collins

Curatorial project: Observation in function

Oliver Carney is a self-taught ceramicist living in the Blue Mountains. In his first solo exhibition, he has produced a striking collection of stoneware objects using handmade glazes and wheel thrown assembly techniques. Observation in function showcases Carney's characteristic sensitivity to design with both sculptural and functional pieces which blur the lines between form and function.

Opening night Friday 18 June 6pm-8pm
Exhibition runs 19 June to 15 August 2021 reopened after lockdown until 6 December 2021 
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Thank you to Oliver Carney for the use of his image.

A big thank you to the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery team for leaving the exhibition up and hoping for another opportunity to share this exhibition post-lockdown. 

Curatorial Project: Aesthetic Uncertainties

Taking landscape as a common point of departure each artist in Aesthetic Uncertainties exhibition uses the medium of paint to express something innately personal: an experience, a journey, a memory, a dream.

Artists Madeleine Cruise, David Collins, Ondine Seabrook and Zuza Zochowski invite the viewer to look through their subjective observations to comprehend their experiences of place and to see something subtle, precious and ephemeral in the context of a busy contemporary world.

1 November to 25 November 2017
Stanley Street Gallery

Thank you to Zuza Zochowski for the use of her image.

Curatorial Project: White Heat - contemporary australian ceramic jewellery

White Heat - contemporary australian ceramic jewellery toured to Gaffa Gallery - Sydney, Craft ACT - Canberra, Jamfactory - Adelaide and Wollongong Art Gallery - Wollongong during 2013-2015.

A specifically designed Touch Table was on display in White Heat, providing an opportunity for visitors to explore jewellery pieces through senses other than sight. The White Heat team presented free public programs, tours and workshops inconjunction with the exhibition. 

Thank you to Katherine Wheeler for the use of her image.

Curatorial Project: Places & Spaces

After spending a month out in Gulgong in 2010, as an artist-in-residence at Summervale Cottage Zara was invited to be “Guest Curator” for Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong. Artists from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide were brought together to show their diverse work to a regional NSW audience. Isobel Pegrum’s ironic ceramic egg cups, Sophie Moran’s delicate porcelain tableware, Kate Dunn’s organic sculpture and Graeme Bannerman’s ceramic floor installation show the variety of Australian contemporary ceramics. Fine jewellers Matina Bourmas, Jason Moss and George Plionis delight with their fresh interpretations of traditional materials and techniques. Contemporary jewellers using non-precious materials with a particular emphasis on re-interpretation include Kat Freene, Carlie Morris, Zoe Brand and Chloe Waddell. Ceramic jewellery duo Katherine Wheeler & Abby Seymour from Goldenink, show us how well artistic collaborations can work! Quirky artist and graphic designer Laura Mc Kellar’s piece uses screenprinting and hand embroidery techniques to enchanting effect while Phoebe Miller’s unique textile neckpieces take centre stage hung from the centre of the gallery ceiling. Places & Spaces was on show during September & October 2011 at Cudgegong Gallery. 

Thank you to Sophie Moran for the use of her image.

Curatorial Project: All that Glitters....

 Zara was invited to curate a group exhibition at The Jam Factory during the International Glass Art Society's Conference in May 2005. All that Glitters... showcased Australian designers; Elizabeth Bower, Ruth Allen, Kristin McFarlane, Lisa Cahill & Jane Pollard. Each artist exhibited unique and exciting approaches to the many uses of glass in contemporary jewellery.

Thank you to Elizabeth Bower for the use of her image.







Curatorial Project: Fusion at Object Gallery

The Fusion  exhibition presented at Object Gallery in 2003, showcased the jewellery tennants at Object Studios in Pyrmont. Sheridan Kennedy, Camilla Gough, Sabine Pagan, Szuszy Timar and Vicki Mason were invited by curator Zara Collins to collaborate on a ring with a fellow studio tennant in addition to exhibiting rings in their distinct style of jewellery. 

Thank you to Sheridan Kennedy for the use of her image.

Curatorial Project: Blush

Curated for The Glass Artists Gallery in 2002, Zara invited a selection of emerging & established Australian glass designers and jewellers to respond to the colour red for this one-off exhibition entitled Blush.

Thank you to Mel Fraser for the use of her image.

Curatorial project: SOFA Chicago - Glass Artists' Gallery

Maureen Cahill, Director of Glass Artists' Gallery invited Zara to select a collection of Australian artists working in jewellery design for a small curated collection at SOFA (sculpture, objects & functional art) in Chicago in 2002. Artists' Elizabeth Bower, Cobi Cockburn and Jane Pollard were chosen for their unique approaches to glass in jewellery.

Thank you to Jane Pollard for the use of her image.

Curatorial Project: Designate

In 2001, Zara curated her first exhibition Designate. A group exhibition celebrating object-makers and artists who studied at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. Presented at First Draft - this group show brought together post graduates, current third year students and previous graduates including Graeme Bannerman, Elizabeth Bower, Matina Bourmas, Cobi Cockburn, Kelly McDonald, Morgan Shimeld, Melinda Young amoung others. 

Thank you to Melinda Young for the use of her image.