Joanna Buckley's practice involves sculpture and site specific installation with an interconnected relationship to nature and abstraction. She works with themes of the sublime, mindfulness, embedded memory; and opening the senses through materiality, form and light. Her emphasis is on transformation of environmental elements with sensitivity to the viewer experience and context. 

Buckley has exhibited at the Abbotsford Convent, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Artery Co-operative Studio Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery Environmental Art Exhibition, the Museum of Chinese Australian History, ECNU Shanghai World Expo 2010, Moonee Valley City Council Arts Week, artist and community run spaces, and produced work for various commissions. Joanna Buckley studied Design at QUT, Brisbane Australia culminating with a semester in Milan, travels through Europe and design employment in York, England. She returned to Brisbane in 2008 to work at Arts Queensland in Design and Public Art, and at Urban Art Projects public art consultancy. Buckley moved to Melbourne in 2009 where she completed RMIT’s Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), graduating in 2011, and became an associate and assistant to Robert Owen, Fine Art Studio. In 2017-18 Joanna Buckley toured art fairs in Europe, produced work at Burning Man United States, studied yoga and meditation in Mexico, and cultivated her art practice in Costa Rica. In 2018 she initiated a site-specific art project for Château Longeval, Hridaya Yoga France.

Joanna Buckley is currently a studio artist at Artery Co-operative Ltd, and GCVA candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts. 


2017 Alchemy, the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
2015 40 Years On, Princess Hill Community Centre, Melbourne
Pleasure Planet, Roll Over Beethoven Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Lorne Sculpture Biennale: Sculpture Trail, Victoria (in collaboration with Claire Tracey)
2013 Artery Co-operative Studio Exhibition 2013, Melbourne
Artecycle Environmental Art Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Meridians Gateway: Context, translation, place, displacement, the Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne.
Silent Observation, Lorne Sculpture Biennale: Sculpturescape, Victoria (lead artist Ange Leech)
Co-opting Practice, A Satellite Event, Artery Co-operative, Melbourne
2010 Meridians Shanghai 2010: Art and Sound in Public Space Project, Expo 2010, Shanghai China
2009 Meridians Shanghai 2010: Art and Sound in Public Space Project, Australian launch, Melbourne
Intersection, Debney Park Moonee Valley City Council Arts Week, Melbourne (in collaboration with Marina Breit and Tristan Smith)
2005 Visceral Encounter, Salt Cafe, Brisbane


2019 - Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, VCA, Melbourne
2009 - 2011 Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), RMIT, Melbourne
2009 Diploma of Visual Arts, RMIT, Melbourne
2006 - 2007 Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design, QUT, Brisbane, exchange semester, Politecnico diMilano, Italy
2002 - 2004 Bachelor of Built Environment Majoring in Industrial Design, QUT, Brisbane, international field work, Lesotho, Africa

2011 Vice-Chancellor’s List Award of Academic Excellence, RMIT, Melbourne
2006 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, QUT Brisbane

2016 Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups grant
2010 Meridians Shanghai 2010: Art and Sound in Public Space Project, Australia International Cultural Council grant


Since 2002 Robert Owen, Fine Art Studio has undertaken investigations into art and contemporary culture, integrating art into a wider body of practices and community spaces. Joanna Buckley joined the studio as associated artist and assistant in 2011.

2015 Sutra III, Private Commission, Melbourne
2014 Under the Sun, Point Cook Town Centre Artwork Commission, Victoria
Silence and Falling Light, Hamer Hall Art Centre Melbourne in collaboration with Electrolight
2011 Shadow Play - Fourth Constellation, National Bank, Melbourne
Tracing Light - For Harry 3D/4D, Harry Seidler Architects Sydney
2010 Gawler Bypass Arts Project Adelaide SA in collaboration with Landscape Architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean for Dept for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia