Joy Zhou

is a trans-disciplinary artist and design practitioner based in Naarm / Melbourne. Their practice generates from embodied experiences and communicates complex intersectional relations. Expanding from their background in interior design, Joy’s practice reframes space through relationships, unfolding experiences in everyday life by engaging with the affective interior and exterior conditions. They often interrogate norms with queering gestures and aim to amplify unnoticed existence in everyday life. 

Joy’s practice is informed by existing conditions, including sonic, graphic, performative, spatial and socially-engaged practices. The outcomes of their projects are always situation-responsive.

Joy recently led and produced public art project A Creek Chat and was presented in 2022 with the support from the City of Melbourne and the Victoria Government. The moving image and concrete poetry work A Creek Story, commissioned by Liquid Architecture, is published on their Disclaimer journal.


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

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 masking objects, group exhibition, GILD, RMIT Design Hub
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
2019, Timetrace, Timelapse, Timeless, group exhibition, Exsite, The Meat Market
2019, Flowing Through Clouds, group exhibition, ISV Annual Art Exhibition, The District Dockland

Curatorial Projects

2023, Drawing Attention, Testing Grounds
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
2023, M_Curators
2023, RMIT Graduate Residency
2023, Quarry Pedagogies
2022, City Activation Grants Program, City of Melbourne & Victoria Government
2021, Test Sites Round 2, Testing Grounds & City of Melbourne

Other Experiences

2023-2022, Volunteer, Westspace
2022, Exhibition Design Committee, INDEX, RMIT
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

download artist CV.pdf

©Joy Zhou 2024