Biography

Born in China, Zhou is an visual artist who is currently living and working in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. Her art practice is primarily research-based and project-driven. Through producing predominantly installation works, Zhou uses spatial structure and materiality of various media, such as, video, photography, performance, drawings and text, to provoke questions, construct propositions and draw discussions towards cultural difference, selfhood, social conventions and norms. In the contextualised spaces of Zhou’s works, new meanings and aesthetics potentially would be established and transmitted. 

Zhou occasionally works as an independent curator and produces group exhibitions and public projects. Her curatorial projects are directly related to the research topics and questions raised in her art practise. In her curated exhibitions, Zhou explores the relevance between art and other spaces outside institutional system. The exhibitions and projects curated by Zhou include: Poked by bones in the cupboard (2018), a group exhibition of family videos made by artists; Art on Wheels (2012), a public art project in Darwin; Art of the Nomad (2012), a group exhibition in Darwin and Territory Time (2010), a touring exhibition initiated from the Next Wave Festival 2010. 


Grants/Awards

2018 - City of Yarra, Community Grants, Small grants ($1,000). It is received to support the exhibition titled To Master You Mother Tongue at Pavement Projects and its associated public program

2017NGV Woman Association Award ($1, 500). It is awarded for the excellence of the works produced during MFA study at VCA. 

2016 - John and Mary Kerley International Travel Scholarship ($8,000) and Faculty Small Grants Scheme ($1,500). VCA-MCM, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.  These grants supported me to participate in Picture Berlin residency from June to August 2016.

2015 - NGV Woman Association Award ($1,500). This award was given for the excellent outcome of my study in Master of Contemporary Art course at VCA from 2013 to 2015. 

          - Queensland Centre for Photography Best Use of Natural Light (QCP Publication pack in the value of $145), Centre for Contemporary Photography. This award was given to my photographic work titled Bees or Flies in CCP Salon 2015. 

2014 - The Australian Artists’ Grant Scheme May Round ($1,000)The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). This grant supported me to travel to Darwin and to install my solo exhibition titled The Comforting Promises, at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin in 2014. 

2013 - Team Leader position at Australian Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2013, Professional Development program offered by Australia Council for the Arts.

         - The winner of The Balance exhibition ($1,000), Northern Centre for Contemporary Art 2013 Members Exhibition. This prize was awarded for my artwork title Sits on Wishes.

2012 - Artist Run Initiatives grant ($10,000), Australia Council for the Arts. This grant was applied through Darwin Visual Art Association Inc. (DVAA), to implement the public art project Art on Wheels. This project was the outcome of the public art development program that was funded by Arts NT. It was included in DVAA’s 2012 project program. The project turned a caravan into a mobile art gallery space and exhibited over 10 local and interstate artists throughout Darwin suburbs in September 2012.  

2011 - Public Art Development Grant ($2,000), Arts NT, Northern Territory Government. This grant was given for researching and developing the idea for a public art project Art on Wheels.

2010 - Presentation and Promotion Grant, ($5,000), Arts NT, Northern Territory Government. This grant was for touring the group exhibition titled Territory Time, that I initially curated for NEXT WAVE festival 2010, to five ARI spaces in five different cities: Cairns, Sydney, Perth, Alice Springs and Darwin during the period from 2010 to 2011. 

2009 - Regional Arts Fund Rapid Response Project ($1,000), Arts NT


Artist Residence

Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne (2018); Picture Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2016); Artist residency at Jiwar Community Centre Barcelona, Spain (2013).


Education

2017                 Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne

2015                 Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne

2005                 Master of Multimedia Design, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

2002                 Bachelor of Visual Art, Nanjing Art Institute, China   

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