Jay Kochel is a Canberra-based artist who completed his Doctorate in Philosophy at the Australian National University, School of Art, in 2014. Kochel’s doctoral studies focused on the relationship between fetish, magic and contemporary art. The majority of his fieldwork was conducted at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, where he researched the history of the fetish object. Recently, his work has focussed on 3D mapping, machine drawing and pattern recognition using augmented reality. In 2014 he was awarded an Arts ACT Project Funding grant and Asialink Residency to the Kyoto Art Center, Japan. While in Japan, Kochel began working with air – as a literal and metaphorical medium to explore form and immateriality.

In 2013, as part of a Vice Chancellor’s Visiting Artist Fellowship, Kochel conducted research on scent and methods of representing the unseen, working with the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the ANU Research School of Chemistry – in particular with Dr Tim Brooke and Associate Professor Russell A. Barrow.

Kochel has won several awards including: the 2017 Exploration Artist Award, Flinders Lane Gallery; joint winner of the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize (2016); recipient of the Neil Roberts Award (2008); and the Anthony Forge Prize for Anthropology (2004). Prior to completing an honours degree (2001) in sculpture and interactive media, Kochel completed a combined Bachelor of Anthropology and Law in 1996.

Kochel is currently represented by Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne.

2018 A system for sentiments, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Avarice : Auspice, Gallery 4, Canberra Museum and Gallery, ACT
2016 No feeling whatsoever, Canberra Contemporary Artspace City, ACT
2015 Air Studies: Open Studio, Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto, Japan
2012 Exact Fantasies, ANU School of Art Gallery, ACT
2010 Accursed Gilded Wishes, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT
2009 Touch me Gertrude Stein, Craft ACT, ACT
2008 I wish I was David Bowie, ANCA Gallery, ACT
2005 Lingoplasty_replay, ANCA Gallery Dickson, ACT
2005 Lingoplasty, Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, ACT
2017 HYPERactive, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT
2017 Off Grid, MAYSPACE, Sydney NSW
2016 SOA PRO, School of Art Foyer Gallery, ACT
2014 Pulse, Canberra Museum & Gallery, ACT; curator Mark Bayly
2014 VCCVAFS 2013, ANU School of Art Gallery, ACT
2014 Men, Bega Regional Gallery, NSW; curator Megan Bottari
2013 Making Tracks, ANU School of Art Gallery, ACT; curator Paul Hay
2011 Imitation of Life, Canberra Museum & Gallery, ACT; curator Deborah Clark
2010 Something in the Air, Canberra Museum & Gallery, ACT; curator Deborah Clarke
2010 CAPO 27: Annual Charity Auction, The National Archives of Australia, ACT
2008 Going South, M16 Artspace, ACT
2008 Retroactive III, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka ACT; curator Julian Laffan
2008 CAPO: Annual Charity Auction, The National Portrait Gallery, ACT
2008 Sequence, M16 Artspace
2007 Process: ANCA Tenants Show, Town Hall Gallery, Boroodara, VIC
2007 Intimacy: ANCA Tenants Show, ANCA Gallery, ACT
2007 Community, The Hive, ACT
2007 Domain, a temporary public art project, Alinga St, ACT
2007 Art of Moving, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2006 CAPO: Annual Charity Auction, The National Portrait Gallery, ACT
2014 PULSE: Reflections of Life exhibition catalogue; essay Dr Sarah Rice
2014 VCCVAFS 2013 exhibition catalogue; essay Prof. Anthea Callen
2013 Making Tracks exhibition catalogue; essay David Broker
2011 Imitation of Life exhibition catalogue; essay Deborah Clark
2010 Something in the Air exhibition catalogue; essay Deborah Clark
2008 Retroactivity exhibition catalogue; essay Julian Laffan
2008 Art Monthly Australia, July 2008, Issue #211, pp. 50; exhibition review David Broker
2007 Domain exhibition catalogue; essay David Broker
2005 An exhibition of sound Canberra Times 5 Aug, 2005
2005 The Program, Triple J Radio, 17 Aug, 2005; interview with Miranda Tetlow
2005 Art ‘n Soul, 2XX Radio 1 Aug, 2005; interview with Silvie Eventi,


2012 Doctor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University (ANU)
2002 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) Hons. 1st Class, NITA, Canberra School of Art, ANU
1996 Bachelor of Law/Arts (Anthropology), ANU


2016 M16 Drawing Prize
2014 Asialink Resident, Kyoto Arts Centre, Japan
2014 Arts ACT Project Funding recipient
2013 Vice Chancellor’s College Visiting Artists Fellowship, College of Engineering & Computer Science
& the Research School of Chemistry, ANU
2008 Neil Roberts Award
2008 ANU CASS PhD Scholarship
2002 Parker Financial Award, Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award
2002 ANU Honours Scholarship
1994 Anthony Forge Prize: Anthropology
2016 Working with Vulnerable People
2013 CASS & CAP Tutors Induction Program
2013 Height Safety
2011 OHS Training for Supervisors
2008 EndNote A & B (Graduate Students)
2008 Managing Thesis Prod Process
2008 Producing Theses in Word (A, B, C, D)
2007 Excel 2003: 2 Introduction
2007 Excel 2003: 3 Intermediate
2007 Excel 2003: 4 Advanced
2005 InDesign: 2 days
2010 Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; Tate Modern, London;
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum, Oświęcim; Museo Zoologico e di Storia Naturale della Specola (“La Specola’), Florence;  Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Wellcome Collection, London; British Museum, London
2016 Energies in the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Art & Design
2014 Art and Mortality Symposium, NGA and ANU
2011 Varilaku: Pacific arts from the Solomon Islands forum, NGA
2010 22nd International Sculpture Conference, London
2009 agIdeas 2009 International Design Forum, Melbourne
2016 Small, medium and national: Capital art cultures, Issue 294, Nov. 2016, Art Monthly Australasia, pp 16-21
2016 Artist Talk: avarice : auspice – Canberra Museum and Gallery
2013 5×5 Talk Series, Design Institute of Australia, Canberra Glassworks
2013 Jay Kochel and Simon Scheuerle, ART FORUM, ANU School of Art
2009 Cool Hunting and the Fetish Object: Performance and Untranscended Materiality, AAANZ Conference, ANU, Canberra
2016 Transmission – Students from the SOA&D explore the abstract and narrative using the medium of video
2016 Advocating the Arts: Panel Discussion – With Tamara Winikoff OAM, David Broker and Ellis Hutch
2016-17 Gallery Coordinator A/g, School of Art & Design, ANU
2015-06 Gallery Administrator, School of Art, ANU
2013 Tutor, Art and Design Theory A, School of Art, ANU
2013 Lecturer, Exhibition and Event Design, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)
2013 Fabrication and mould making for a public artwork, ARTILLION
2011 Associate Lecturer, Honours Writing Program, Sculpture Workshop, School of Art, ANU
2011 Guest Lecturer, Design Environment Course, University of Canberra (UC)
2007 Associate Lecturer, Core Studies, School of Art, ANU
2007 Associate Lecturer, Sculpture Workshop, School of Art, ANU
2006 Associate Lecturer, Drawing, Sculpture Workshop, School of Art, ANU
2009 ArtsACT Panel Member: Visual Arts Grant application review and assessment
2005-06 Board Member, Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA)
2006 Construction Assistant, Thylacine Exhibition Design
2005 Ingo Kleinert. Fabrication and installation of a public artwork.
2004 David Jenz. Fabrication assistance of artwork
2003 Peter Cole. Installation assistance for a public artwork at the John Gorton Building
2000 David Sequiera. Fabrication assistance of artwork.

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