EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy Art, Design, and Media
2018 - Present
The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Sydney, NSW

Master of Design
2015 -2017
Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD)
Vancouver, BC

non-award Exchange Program
2012 - 2013
The Australian National University (ANU)
Canberra, ACT

Bachelor of Fine Arts
2014 - 2014
2010 - 2012

University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO)
Kelowna, BC



PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

2020
RESEARCH ASSISTANT - DESIGN NEXT PROJECT
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW



2019
RESEARCH ASSISTANT - DESIGN NEXT PROJECT
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW



2018
Woodworker/furniture maker 
Hinterland Design
Vancouver, BC



2017
Research Assistant
Graphic Research Unit at Emily Carr University of Art Design 
Vancouver, BC


Research Assistant
The Studio for Critical Making at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC



2016
Research Assistant
The Studio for Critical Making at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC



2015
Research Assistant
The Studio for Critical Making at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC


Workshop Assistant
Industrial Design Workshop at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC



2013
research Assistant
Nettletontribe Architects
Sydney, NSW


Workshop Assistant
Furniture Design Workshop at The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT


stage BUILDER - Art School Anecdote
The Australian National University’s School of Art
Canberra, ACT



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

2021
THE NORTHERN BEACHES ENVIRONMENTAL ART AND DESIGN PRIZE EXHIBITION
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Manly, NSW

Sampling the future
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, VIC

workshopped21
The Australian Design Centre
Darlinghurst, NSW

reimagine 2021 art prize exhibition

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Hornsby, NSW

Eleven Under thirty exhibition
The New Artisans Gallery
Milsons Point, NSW



2020
Conversations and collaborations
Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert
Rushcutters Bay, NSW

Global Grad Show Dubai
Virtual Exhibition
Dubai, U.A.E.

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative studios
Sculpture Plinth
Lane Cove, NSW

FUTURE MAKERS Series - UNSW Art & Design

Virtual Showcase
Sydney, NSW



2018
Design Canberra - graphic Interventions
Canberra, ACT



2017
Vancouver Mural Festival
Vancouver, BC

The Show - Master of Design Exhibition
Emily Carr University of Art and Design - Charles H. Scott Gallery
Vancouver, BC



2016
Scattered: Graduate Studio Open Studio Event
Emily Carr University of Art and Design - Mitchell Press Studio
Vancouver, BC

ECUAD Student Art Sale
Emily Carr University of Art and Design - Concourse Gallery
Vancouver, BC

ECUAD Faculty Show
Emily Carr University of Art and Design - Concourse Gallery
Vancouver, BC



2015
ECUAD Student Art Sale
Emily Carr University of Art and Design - Concourse Gallery
Vancouver, BC



2014
Ellipsis Travelling Exhibition
Vernon Public Art Gallery
Vernon, BC

Ellipsis
The University of British Columbia Okanagan - Fine Arts Building
Kelowna, BC

Art on the Line
The University of British Columbia Okanagan - Fipke Building
Kelowna, BC



2013
Crafted
Nishi Gallery
New Acton, ACT

Now & When: Contemplating Climates on the Southeast Coast
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Center
Eden, NSW

Artifact and Translation
The Australian National University - School of Art Foyer Gallery
Canberra, ACT


2012
EMBARK
The Australian National University - Furniture Workshop Gallery
Canberra, ACT

Incognito
Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna, BC



2011
8th Annual Wearable Art Gala
Alternator Centre for the Arts
Kelowna, BC



TEACHING

2021
TUTOR - DESIGN HONOURS STUDIO RESEARCH PROJECT (DDES4102)
The University of New South Wales 
Sydney, NSW


TUTOR - Environmental challenges (adad2610)
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW


TUTOR -
Design Studio 6 (DDES3101)

The University of New South Wales 
Sydney, NSW


Tutor - furniture & lighting (SDES9747)
The University of New South Wales 
Sydney, NSW



2020
Assessor - DESIGN HONOURS STUDIO RESEARCH PROJECT (DDES4102)
The University of New South Wales 
Sydney, NSW
TUTOR - Environmental challenges (adad2610)
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW



2019
TUTOR - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO DESIGN (sDES9210)
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW


Assessor -
DESIGN HONOURS STUDIO RESEARCH PROJECT (DDES4101)
The University of New South Wales 
Sydney, NSW


2018
Co-Instructor - design research methods (GSMD 511)

Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC
TUTOR - ecological perspectives (SOCS 202) 
Emily Carr University of Art Design 
Vancouver, BC
 
Instructor  - introduction to 3d printing
City Centre Community Centre
Richmond, BC



2017
TUTOR - ecological perspectives (SOCS 202) 
Emily Carr University of Art Design 
Vancouver, BC 


Instructor  - introduction to 3d printing, basics of 3d modelling
City Centre Community Centre
Richmond, BC


TUTOR - design and culture (DHIS 201)
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Vancouver, BC



2016
TUTOR - ecological perspectives (SOCS 202) 
Emily Carr University of Art Design 
Vancouver, BC 


TUTOR - core studio in design (DESN 200)
Emily Carr University of Art Design
Vancouver, BC



RESEARCH TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

2021
UNSW ARTS, DESIGN & aRCHITECTURE HIGHER DEGREE RESEARCH CONFERENCE - UNSW
Kensington, NSW
Paddington, NSW

ACUADS/DDCA CONFERENCE: NEW NETWORKS - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Melbourne, VIC


AUS STS SITUATED PRACTICE WORKSHOP - UNSW and Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Kensington, NSW
Ultimo, NSW

DESIGN HONOURS STUDIO RESEARCH PROJECT 2 - UNSW
Paddington, NSW

UNSW HDR CONFERENCE - UNSW
Paddington, NSW



2020
A CRITICAL MAKING INVESTIGATION OF INCLUSIVITY IN MAKERSPACE CULTURE WORKSHOPS
Sydney, NSW

DESIGN HONOURS STUDIO RESEARCH PROJECT 1 - UNSW
Paddington, NSW


UNSW HDR CONFERENCE - UNSW
Paddington, NSW



2019
TRANSFORMATIONAL SPACES - UNSW
Paddington, NSW



2018
OBJECT AS ACTIVIST - UNSW
Paddington, NSW



MEDIA

2021
"MELBOURNE'S NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA SAMPLES THE FUTURE"
Adrian Madlener

"BOAT BENCHES, WRAPPING AND TATTOO GUNS: STUDENT-LED APPROACHES TO CONCEPTUAL DESIGN"
Trent Jansen and Guy Keulemans

"REVIEW: WORKSHOPPED21 NEW AUSTRALIAN FURNITURE, LIGHTING AND OBJECT DESIGN"
Dr Stefan Lie

"THIS MACHINE INJECTS PLASTIC INTO YOUR SKIN TO FIGHT WASTE"
Fast Company

"MATT HARKNESS IS RECYCLING PLA WASTE USING TATTOOS"
3D Natives

"THIS BIORECYCLING MACHINE BY MATT HARKNESS REDUCES WASTE PRODUCED BY 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY"

Designboom

"The Biorecycling Machine project by Matt Harkness proposes human body as recycling infrastructure"
Design City Lab



SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, AND BURSARIES

2021
- 2021 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award - Finalist
- Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize Exhibition - Highly Commended
- WORKSHOPPED21 - Sustainable Design Award
- HDR Research Output Award (UNSW)
- Reimagine2021 Art Prize Exhibition - Highly Commended


2018
- University International Postgraduate Award (UNSW)
- Design Canberra City Art Graphic Interventions Competition


2017
- The British Columbia Arts Council - BCAC Award
- Graduation Exhibition Bursary (ECUAD)


2016
- Research Fellowship (ECUAD)
- Emily Carr x Telus Wrap Competition
- Research Travel Award (ECUAD)


2015
- The British Columbia Arts Council Award
- Research Fellowship (ECUAD)
- Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (ECUAD)


2013
- International Student Exchange Program Award (ANU)
- School of Music Student Lounge Redesign Competition (ANU)
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship (UBCO)


2012
- Go-Global Exchange Scholarship (UBCO)
- Okanagan’s Dean’s List (UBCO)


2010
- UBC President’s Entrance Scholarship (UBCO)
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