gwan tung dorothy lau.
Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau is a contemporary artist working with digitally manipulated media and installation. She explores the natural compulsion for social acceptance and personal excellence with reference to Psychoanalysis theories. Adopting an autobiographical approach, she stages an internal dialogue to convey the perplexity of her social identity - an amalgam of her Hong Kong upbringing and Australian education.
Lau completed her MFA with distinction at RMIT and Hong Kong Art School after receiving her BFA (Visual Arts) at QUT. Her works were selected in the HATCHED: National Graduate Show in Australia. In addition to being featured in international publications including Vice Creator and RealTime, Lau has participated in the Tropical Lab international artist residency, Creative Mornings breakfast lecture, and the BrisAsia Festival in Brisbane. Lau has exhibited internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and the UK, notably at ICA Singapore, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Metro Arts. Lau also provides art direction and consultation for Hong Kong music videos and commercials.
Screen printing on cotton fabric, gallery hanging system (wire and hooks)
Anticipated late 2019 Master of Fine Art – with Distinction
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) – with Distinction
Queensland University of Technology
Semester abroad at University of Westminster, London
2019 Ambivalently Ambitious, Hidden Space, Hong Kong
2017 Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau: Gloom, Artisan Gallery, Brisbane
selected group exhibitions.
2020 Distil, Hong Kong Arts Center Pao Galleries, Hong Kong
2019 BrisAsia Festival: A Place to Call Home, Public art installation in Brisbane City, Brisbane
2018 Disobedient Daughters, Metro Arts, Brisbane
The Edges and In Between, First Site Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Hatched: National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
The Alloyed Domicile (Open House 04), House Conspiracy, Brisbane
Rendered: an Analogue Exploration of the Digital, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
Yonder (Brisbane Street Art Festival), The Tivoli, Brisbane
Wild Wonders, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Primary Arcade, Budd Street Gallery, Melbourne
The Gaze, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2016 Now What?, QUT Creative Precincts, Brisbane
Create A Unique Hong Kong [創。讓香港不一樣], PMQ, Hong Kong
Vibrant Laneways, King George Square, Brisbane
2015 The Body Politics, London Gallery West, London
2014 Fresh Blood Theatre and Arts Festival, Brisbane
sharings, press, and publications.
2019 "Symmetry", Creative Mornings Brisbane breakfast lecture.
2018 The Conspirator, House Conspiracy, Brisbane.
"Challenging the media’s portrayal of Asian women through art & photography"
Huck Magazine, Cristiana Bedei
2017 “Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau: playing out para-selves” (link)
RealTime, Virginia Baxter
“How do Australian Art School grads feel about the future?”
VICE Creators, Katherine Gillespie
honours and awards.
2017 Schenberg Art Fellowship – Finalist
2014 – 2015 QUT Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award
2018 Tropical Lab, LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore
2017 House Conspiracy, Brisbane