Visual Art

Naomi Zouwer is a Canberra based, cross-disciplinary artist. She works across drawing, painting and textiles mediums making works that engage with ideas of cultural heritage, identity and the social role of personal objects. 

In 2019, Zouwer was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Art at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Prior to this she received her Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from the University of Newcastle.  

Zouwer has been selected for drawing, painting and textile awards and prizes. These include: 2020 Waverley Art Prize; 2020 Goulburn Art Award; 2018 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award; 2016 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries; 2015 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award; 2015 M16 Artspace Drawing Prize; and the 2014 ANU School of Art Drawing Prize

Zouwer has exhibited widely in Australia including (but not limited to) the following galleries: Michael Reid Northern Beaches Gallery, Sydney (mini release in 2021); M16 Artspace (solo in 2020) and Beaver Galleries, Canberra (group in 2020). In 2020, Zouwer was selected as one of 5 Australian artists to complete an Artist in Residence in 2021 at Megalo Print Studio. 

Visual Arts CV (pdf)


2019 Doctor of Philosophy: School of Art and Design, College of Art and Social Sciences, Australian National University

1997 Graduate Diploma of Education: University of Newcastle 

1996 Bachelor of Arts Visual Art: University of Newcastle 

Awards and prizes

2020 Bluethumb Art Prize, Finalist

2020 The Waverly Art Prize, Finalist

2020 The Goulburn Art Award, Finalist

2018 The Lethbridge Small Scale Award, Finalist

2017 The Kate Derum Tapestry Award, The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Finalist 

2016 Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, Finalist

2016 ANU School of Art and Design Drawing Prize, Finalist 

2016 Petite, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria, Finalist

2015 ANU School of Art and Design Drawing Prize, Finalist

2015 Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art gallery, Victoria, Finalist (images)

2014 Petite, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria, Finalist 

2014 M16 Drawing Prize, Canberra, Finalist. 

2014 Canberra Grammar Sculpture Festival, Finalist

2014 ANU School of Art and Design Drawing Prize, Highly Commended

2006 Brindabella Art Prize, Tuggeranong Art Centre, Canberra, Finalist 

1999 The Newcastle Regional Show Art Prize

1996 The Acquisitive, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle


Grafton Regional Gallery, The Department of Education, several Australian and International private collections 


2020 Awarded the Megalo Residency (postponed due to (COVID)

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Michael Reid Northern Beaches Gallery

2020 Strange Days Indeed, M16 Gallery, Canberra

2019 Objects of Empathy, Curated by David Broker, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

2019 In search of lost time, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2018 Making Home, PhD Graduation, The ANU SOA&D Gallery, Canberra

2017 The History of You, National Museum of Australia Main Hall, Canberra

1996 A Bex, a cup of tea and a good lie down, Graduate Exhibition, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle

Group Exhibitions

2020 Small Works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2019 CAPO Exhibition, East Space, Canberra

2019 Visionaries, Craft ACT Members exhibition, Craft ACT, Canberra

2019 Geo: Art of the collection, Project gallery, ANU, Canberra

2019 Shelflife, May Space, Sydney (images)

2018 CAPO Exhibition, East Space, Canberra

2018 Third Course, ANU Foyer Gallery, Canberra

2018 1×1 ANU SOA&D Staff Exhibition, ANU SOA&D Gallery, Canberra

2018 Dreaming of Remembering, curated by Grace Blakely-Carroll, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

2017 The Cut Out, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra (images)

2017 The Plate Show, M16 Gallery, Canberra

2016 Evidence, School of Art and Design Foyer Gallery, Canberra

2015 Bookplate, curated by Helen Maxwell, Electric Shadows, Canberra

2015 Illusion to Actual: painting explored through the realm of the object, School of Art and Design Foyer Gallery ANU, Canberra 

2015 Flourish, Illustrators Australia, Melbourne

2015 CIT Walking Together Art Exhibition, CIT Design Space, Canberra. Serendipity, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra

2011 Art for Mental Health Research, Blue Door Gallery, Melbourne 

2010 Draw Fourth, CIT Staff Exhibition, Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra

2009 The Third Draw, CIT Staff Exhibition, Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra

2007 Exploration 7, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Postcard Show, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW. 2007 Conversations in 3D (Tenant’s show), ANCA Gallery, Canberra

2004 Material Girls, Cuppacumbalong Gallery, Tharwa

2002 Ephemera, Cuppacumbalong Gallery, Tharwa

2000 Backgrounds or Bust, Side on Gallery, Annandale

1999 Colour my World Members Exhibition, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Huntress, Starfish Gallery, Sydney

1999 The Last Frontier, Lindsay Street Gallery, Newcastle

1998 From the Front Steps, Lindsay Street Gallery, Newcastle

1998 The Private Sphere, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle

1997 The University of Newcastle Graduate Show, Newcastle