Dr Cathy Franzi

Lecturer, School of Art & Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Visual Arts 3606
  • Crafts 360601

Research interests

  • Interdisciplinary research in the fields of visual art, botany and ecology
  • Practice-led research in ceramics
  • Botanical ceramics
  • Australian ceramic history



Cathy Franzi is a Lecturer at the School of Art & Design. An exhibiting ceramic artist, she focuses on interdisciplinary practice in visual art, botanical science and ecology. She completed a practice-led visual arts PhD in 2015 and was a Vice-Chancellor’s Artist in Residence in the ANU Research School of Biology in 2016. Her doctoral research investigated scientific and cultural values attributed to plant species, and how Australian flora and environmental knowledge might be expressed in ceramic form and surface. 


Researcher's projects

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Where the River Flows (Beaver Galleries, ACT November 2023)

Coast to Coast (Sabbia Gallery, Redfern NSW July 2023)

On the Edge / am Rande (Michael Reid Berlin, Germany May 2023)

Wild Flora (Michael Reid Berlin, Germany, 2022)

Verdant (Sabbia Gallery, Redfern NSW, 2022)

High Country (Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT, 2022)

Natural Affinity (Sabbia Gallery, Redfern NSW, 2020)

Seven Mountains and a Lake (Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT, 2019)

In the Field (Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Hobart TAS, 2019)

Coastal: Botanical (Narek Gallery, Bermagui NSW, 2019)

Inflorescence (Sabbia Gallery, Paddington NSW, 2018)

a visit to the river (Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT, 2018)

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

Takaramono for Kurimono (Biome Gallery Kobe Japan, 2024)

Florescence (Sturt Gallery, Mittagong NSW, 2023)

Finalist, Klytie Pate Ceramics Award (Mansfield Arts VIC, 2023)

Finalist, Clunes Ceramic Award (Union Bank Arts Centre, Clunes VIC, 2022)

Small Works (Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT, 2022)

Little Wonders (Schaller Gallery, Baroda Michigan USA, 2021)

CO:LAB and Transformation (CraftACT: Craft + Design Centre, ACT, 2021)

Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize (Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW, 2021)

Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize (Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, QLD, 2021)

Finalist, Klytie Pate Ceramics Exhibition and Award (Arts Mansfield, VIC, 2021)

The Study (Sabbia Gallery, Redfern NSW, 2021)

Finalist, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize (South Australian Museum, Adelaide SA and National Archives, Canberra ACT, 2020)

Small Works (Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT, 2020)

Finalist, Biennial Nth Queensland Ceramic Award (Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD, 2020)

Autumnal Colours (Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield, SA, 2020)

Seeds from the Bank (Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT, 2020)

Art of Threatened Species (Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW, 2019)

Endemic Earth (Kingborough Civic Centre, Kingston TAS, 2019)

Presenter’s Exhibition (The Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart TAS, 2019)

Drawings – Ceramic Masters 2019 (Sabbia Gallery, Paddington NSW, 2019)

Wild: Flora and Fauna in Australian Art (Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor NSW, 2018)

Cultivate: inspired by nature (Sturt Gallery, Mittagong NSW, 2018)

Celebration: 20 years of collecting visual art at CMAG (Canberra Museum & Gallery, 2018)

Lines of Site: finding the Sublime in Canberra (M16 ArtSpace, Canberra ACT, 2017) 


Artist Residencies

Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA (2023) (with assistance from the Australia Council of the Arts)

The Centre for Ceramics, Berlin, Germany (2022) (supported by the ACT Government)

Art of Threatened Species Project, NSW Office of Heritage & Environment (2018-19)

Fremantle Arts Centre, WA (2018)

ANU Vice-Chancellor’s College Artist Fellows Scheme, Research School of Biology (2016)

CraftACT: Craft and Design Centre (Gudgenby Readycut Cottage, Namadgi NP) (2016)

Bundanon Trust, Illaroo, NSW (2016)



Grassi Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig Germany; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery; Canberra Museum & Gallery; Shepparton Art Museum; Manly Art Gallery & Museum; Art Gallery of Ballarat; Parliament House Art Collection; ANU Art Collection: ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection; Canberra Centenary Time Capsule


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