Joy Zhou 

practices as an artist, designer, and producer based in Naarm/Melbourne. Their practice engages the affective interior and exterior conditions and reframes space through relationships, unfolding experiences in everyday life with temporary interventions that queer the norms, and aiming to amplify overlooked existences.

Through an intersectional lens, Joy responds to space with embodied experiences and corresponding power dynamics. Their creative process is informed by existing conditions. The outcomes of their projects are always responsive to situations, stretching across sonic, graphic, linguistic, performative, spatial, and socially-engaged practices.

Joy exhibited and produced projects with Blindside, the City of Melbourne, Liquid Architecture, MPavilion, PHOTO festival, RMIT Culture, Testing Grounds and West Space. Joy is nominated as one of four finalists for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2023.

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Visit Joy's interior practice manifesto here.


2022-2019, Bachelor of Interior Design (Hons), RMIT University
2019, Theatre and Screen Design Study Abroad, UAL

Solo Projects

2022, A Creek Story, Disclaimer, commissioned by Liquid Architecture
2022, Making of the super soft activist, participatory artwork, Creative Social, commissioned by RMIT Creative Communities
2022, A Creek Chat, public art, Melbourne CBD, commissioned by the City Melbourne and the Victoria Government

Group Projects

2024, co-worm-ing, group exhibition, Future Anterior, Blindside X PHOTO24
2023, Broken Surface, group exhibition, Close Procimity, RMIT First Site Gallery
2023, co-worm-ing, group exhibition, Public Art Park 23, Testing Grounds
2023, I’m pretty sure I am neurodivergent and that’s what this show is about but also It’s not for sure yet because I’ve been on this psychiatrist waitlist for 8 months, group exhibition, Schoolhouse Studios
2023, I’m Not Telling You What This Is, group exhibition, Pride & Joy, Midsumma Festival
2022, MANY FESTO, graduate exhibition, INDEX, RMIT Design Hub Gallery
2022, THE DE(SIGNS), group exhibition, Public Art Park 22, Testing Grounds
2022, Memory Trade at Platform Arts, group exhibition, After Walter Hopps, Platform Arts

Curatorial Projects

2024, who ate the archive?, co-produer, Future Anterior, Blindside X PHOTO24
2024, Storytime: Breathing with Queer Ghost, co-curator, MPavilion
2024, Mapping with Touch, co-curator, MPavilion
2022, Mindful Art Project, co-curator, Big Anxiety Festival, RMIT Gallery
2019, Snatches, set designer, RMIT Kaleide Theatre, Melbourne Fringe Festival
2019, Interior Cities, choreography assistant, Interior Design 80-years Activation, The Capitol


2023, Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture Finalist


2024, Emerging Writers Program, Seventh Gallery
2023, M_Curators, MPavilion
2023, RMIT Graduate Residency, RMIT Culture
2023, Quarry Pedagogies
2022, City Activation Grants Program, City of Melbourne & Victoria Government
2021, Test Sites Round 2, Testing Grounds & City of Melbourne


2024, home as Home, Seventh Gallery
2023, Limit(ology), Kerb Journal 31

Speaking Apperances/ Workshops

2024, on the table, Dance House
2023, Place as Protagonist, Urban Design Forum, MPavilion
2023, INTERR(I)OR, RMIT Interior Design lecture
2022, Liquid Architecture podcast

Other Experiences

2024-2023, Board Committee, Trocadero Projects
2024-2022, Volunteer, Westspace
2022, Exhibition Design Committee, INDEX
2022, SSCC Chair, RMIT Student Staff Consultative Committee
2021-2018, Design Assistant, First Education & Technology Group
2021, President, The Capitol Club
2021, Secretary, Student Association of Interior Design S.IDA

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