Dr Zoe Freney

Dr Zoe Freney

Zoe Freney

BVA and BVA (Hons) Coordinator, Lecturer – Art History & Theory


Zoe Freney is a writer, artist and educator based in the Adelaide Hills. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has presented research papers at numerous academic conferences. Zoe has been the recipient of a number of awards, residencies and scholarships for both her academic research and her studio practice.

Zoe Freney is our Department Head for Art History & Theory. She brings a wealth of experience to the role as both a practicing artist and a research academic.

Zoe completed a Diploma of Visual Art at Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA) in 2005 and a Bachelor of Visual Art at the Adelaide Centre for the Arts the following year. During her studies she was awarded an Alumni Scholarship and a Scholarship for Continuing Students at ACSA.

In 2010 Zoe was awarded a Master of Arts (Art History) by the University of Adelaide, for her dissertation on women in the Indian Mughal courts during the 16th and 17th centuries, as depicted in Mughal miniature paintings from this period. Since graduating she has lectured in Art History at the Univserity of Adelaide and has presented research at conferences hosted through RMIT and Sydney University. Zoe is currently a candidate in the PhD program at the Australian National University, where her project explores depictions of mothers and mothering from a matricentric feminist standpoint.

Zoe’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and prizes both. She has been a finalist in the Heysen PrizeTatiara Prize and Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize and has recently shown work internationally at Spilt Milk Gallery in Scotland. Zoe has also been widely published in a range of art journals and online writing platforms including Artlink and fine print.  

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