Zoe Kirkwood

Hatched Alumni: 2014

Zoe Kirkwood is a visual artist currently working in Australia on Kaurna land/Adelaide.  Interested in art’s ability to act as a generative and speculative space, her more recent work playfully engages with different ideas of new economic, political and off-world futures.  Zoe is a 2019 graduate of the Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme at Glasgow School of Art which she undertook after being awarded the 2017 Anne and Gordon Samstag Scholarship.  Her work has been shown at Tramway gallery in Glasgow, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. In 2018 she participated in Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Architectural Biennale – The Happenstance.  In late 2019 she completed a residency in Florence researching early forms of international trade and banking as a part of the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship.    


What does Hatched mean to you?’

PICA’s commitment to supporting emerging artists is phenomenal. Hatched offers an invaluable platform that provides one of the few (and increasingly rare) opportunities for students to transition to practicing artists. As a new graduate in 2014, it was with the support and experience of Hatched that I was able to start working in the arts. It’s a wonderful part of the arts ecology within Australia.   

I was incredibly fortunate to be awarded the Dr Harold Schenberg Art Fellowship. The fellowship enabled me to me to take up opportunities to exhibit, travel and research that simply would not have been otherwise possible. In turn, these experiences opened new opportunities and I couldn’t be more grateful. Hatched was also a great chance to learn from and connect with others and to develop relationships with people around Australia.