Curriculum Vitae  


2006          Doctor of Creative Arts, Communications & Media, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

1991          Master of Creative Arts, Visual & Cultural Identity, University of Wollongong, Australia

1987          Cultural Studies, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China

1978          B.Ed (Fine Arts) University of South Australia

1972          Music Theory & Arrangement, NSW Conservatorium, Sydney

Appointments, Awards, Commissions

2017         Visiting Artist, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

2016         Commissioned Artist, Murray Art Museum Albury

        Commissioned Artist, Zappos Downtown, Las Vegas

2015-17    Commissioned Artist, City of Sydney Chinese New Year Lunar Lantern Project

2014-15    Commissioned Artist, University of Chicago (Beijing Center), China

2014          Artist-in-Residence, Australia China Art Foundation, Beijing

         Artist-in-Residence, Beijing HGJY Culture Company, Song Zhuang

2008          Australia China Council Research Funding Award

2006-7       Australia China Council Artist-in-Residency in Beijing

2006-8       Member, Board of Directors, Wollongong City Gallery

2005          Winner, 43rd Fisher’s Ghost Open Art Prize, CampbelltownArtsCentre

2004-6       Member, Artist Advisory Group, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2003          Presenter, Plaything: International Symposium on Digital Games, dLux & Sydney University

1998          Artist-in-Residency, The Long March, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada

         Keynote Speaker, 10th Anniversary Popular Culture Conference, University of Nevada Las Vegas

1997       Artist-in-Residence, 1998 IndyCar, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Jupiters Casino, Surfers Paradise

         Presenter, 10th International Conference on Gambling, UNR, Montreal, Canada

1997-04     Director/Founder, Octomat, R & D Multimedia Design in Entertainment (Las Vegas & Sydney)

         Art Design Industry Grant, NSW Ministry for the Arts, Australia

         Exhibition Development Grant, Museums & Galleries Association of Australia, National Exhibition Touring Scheme Program, Sydney

1996          Chair & Presenter, Objects of Belonging: International Conference in Multicultural Studies, NSW State Library, Sydney, Australia

         New Media Representative, Regional Arts Forum, Australia Council National Funding Strategy & Policy, Sydney, Australia          

         Artist-in-Residence, Sculpture-New Media Department, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

         University of Western Sydney Design Research Grant, Australia

         Exhibition Grants to Japan: Australia-Japan Foundation, Australia Council, Pat Corrigan Award

1995          University of Western Sydney Design Survey Research: Global Merchandising of The Souvenir

         Australia Council Exhibitions Travel Grant to NY & Paris

1993          Artist-in-Residency, Queensland University Art Museum, Australia

         Design Drawing Survey, Penrith Museum of Fire, University of Western Sydney Design             

1992        Inaugural Project Artist/ Artist-in-Residence, Wollongong City Council, NSW, Australia 

         Artist-in-Residence, Contemporary Artists Series, Tamworth City Gallery, Australia

1990          Project Artist, Gallery 14 Contemporary Artists Series, Queensland Art Gallery Australia

         Artist-in-Residence, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA Australia

         Workshops in Drawing, Commissioned by the Queensland State Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

1991          Artist-in-Residence, Faculty of Art History & Theory, Queensland University Art Museum, Australia

         Chair, Artists Forum, Australian Perspecta 91, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

1990-3       Visiting Artist Projects: University of Tasmania, Queensland University, Edith Cowan University, Kalgoorlie College, Perth, WA

1990          Artist-in-Residence, AGNSW at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris,France

         Artist-in-Residence, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art & Curtin University, Perth, Australia


Academic Awards & Posts

2017         Visiting Artist, Nevada State College, Las Vegas

2011-         Adjunct Professor, Centre for Creative Arts, LaTrobe University Melbourne

2006-         Adjunct Professor, School of Digital Media, Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, Tianjin, PRC

2003-6       Head of School of Design, KvB/ Raffles Institute of Technology, Sydney

1998-9       Australian Post Graduate Award, University of Technology Sydney

1997- 07    Member Board of Directors, 4a Asian Australian Art Association, Sydney

1997- 00    Graduate Exhibition Coordinator, UWS Nepean Design, Sydney

1997          Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Design & Landscape Architecture, UCDavis, USA

         Guest Speaker, Department of Cultural Studies Graduate School, University of Melbourne

1995          Pacific Bridges, Conference Presenter & Advisory Board Member, UC Berkeley & UC Davis

         Accreditation Advisory VETAB Board Member, KVB Institute of Technology, Sydney

1993          Chair, Culture of Experiment: Multimedia & Video Symposium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1992-03   Lecturer, School of Design, University of Western Sydney Nepean, Australia

1987-93     Lecturer in Drawing for Ceramics, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia

1987-91     Lecturer, Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia

1980-3       Head, Department of Art & Craft, Whyalla Community College, South Australia

Selected Curator, Director Roles

2011          Always on My Mind-home: Australia-Korea Project, Museum of Art Seoul National University, S. Korea

         Always on My Mind-home: Australia-Korea Project, GANA Gallery @ Seoul Square, S. Korea

2010-11     Arena-A Post Boom Beijing, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Sydney, LaTrobe University, Bendigo, James Cook University, Townsville., Queensland

1999-06, Project Director, R & D Production, Davis, CA & Las Vegas

1999          octomat, World Gaming Congress & Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center

         Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

1995          Just a Memento, Regional Survey Design of Souvenirs, Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong, Australia

1995          The Art of Tourism, NSW Tourism Conference, Casula Powerhouse

1994-7      To Remember Buy, Design Innovations in Souvenir Design, University of Western Sydney Nepean,  NSWRGA, Casula Powerhouse

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017-18     Babalogic in the Desert, Sahara West Library, Las Vegas

2017          Babalogic in the Desert, Clark County Rotunda, Las Vegas

2014-15      Empire Bookends (Red Sky), University of Chicago Beijing Center, PRC (curator Judy Farquhar, 

2013          The China Code (Retrospective), Southern Florida College Melvin Gallery, Lakeland, Florida

2012          Babalogic, Feature Artist, Art Asia Miami

         ShiWaiTaoYuan (Commission), The Opposite House, Beijing

2011          Happy Toy, Feature Artist, Art Asia Miami

         Happy Toy, Tally Beck Contemporary, New York

         Happy Toy, Art Atrium, Sydney

2010          Chinese Toy Stories, Red Gate Gallery@ the Opposite House, Beijing

2009          Babalogic, 24HrArt, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2007          The Depth of Ease, Anniart Gallery, 798 Art Festival, Beijing

2005          Octogene Commission, 10th Anniversary, Capitol Theatre Restoration, Sydney

2000          Daze of Our Lives, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

1999          Octomat, World Gaming Expo & Congress, Las Vegas

1998          IndyCar Slot, (Artist-in-Residency) Gold Coast Arts Centre, Australia

         Profile of a Counter, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada

1993          Gallery 14 Contemporary Artists Series, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

1992          Games & Voices, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, Australia

         Adapt Enforce IV, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

          Adapt Enforce V, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts,

1990          Re-sited References (Retrospective), Queensland University Art Museum

         A Craving for Authenticity, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Selected Group/ Curated Exhibitions

                        2018         48 (1) fRuityspace, Beijing,

48 (2) I-project space, Banqiao Hutong, Beijing 

Mongolian International Art Festival, Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia 

                                Transcendence, New Art Atrium @ Surry Hills, Sydney

                                Artists for Guide Dogs Australia Benefit Exhibition, Customs House, Sydney

                                Plural: New Acquisitions UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas

                        2016          Chinese Characters in Contemporary Art. SongZhuang Da Di Art Centre, Beijing (curator Pan Xinglei)

                        2015          Second International Zhongshan Art Expo, Guangdong, PRC

                                 Reverse the Perspective, Mebo Culture, Wangjing Soho, Beijing (curator Tang Zehui)

                                 Death, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (curator Toni Bailey)

                        2014          Loose Canon, Artbank Collection Exhibition, Waterloo, Sydney (curator: Daniel Mudie Cunningham)

2013          DaBao/ TakeOut, Winnipeg Plug-In ICA, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver (Canada Tour)

         REDvolution, Hong Kong House, Sydney

         Snake, Snake, Snake, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Sydney Town Hall

         X-Field, RMIT Design Research Institute, Melbourne

         Arena/China Code, Pinnacles Gallery/ James Cook University, Townsville Qld

         ACAF at Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing

2012          ZhongJian/ Midway, China and Australian National Tour

2011          Always on My Mind-home: Australia-Korea Media Project, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gana Gallery @ Seoul Square, S.Korea

         China One World One Home 2011, Qing Tong Museum, Ordos, Inner Mongolia

         X-Field: Jumping City, RMIT @ CU Space 798 Beijing    

         My Australia, Kuandu University Art Museum, Taipeh, Taiwan

2010          Fat Art 2010, Today Art Museum at the Village, Beijing

         Dialog IV, Bild Volksbad University of Applied Sciences, Jena, Germany

         Asian Landmark, A Toyota Art Project, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

2009          2009 ANZ Australian Film Festival, Sanlitun Village Beijing

         Labyrinth III: Dangerous Liaisons, Li Gallery, CaoChangDi, Beijing

         Another Silk Road, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

2008          2D/ 3D Negotiating Visual Languages, PKM Gallery Beijing

         Vernacular Terrain 2, IDAp, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

2007-8       Journey/Process, Red Gate Gallery Beijing, Eastlink Shanghai, Hong Kong

2007          Art for Television 1994-98, MAAP ArtRage, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

2005          McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Award Finals, Melbourne, Australia

         Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award Finals, Melbourne, Australia

         43rd Fisher’s Ghost Winner Open Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia

2004-5       Isle of Refuge, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Monash University Art Museum, Australia

2004          Gambling in Australia: Thrills, Spills and Social Ills, Sydney Powerhouse, Australia

1997          Pan Pacifica Multimedia Festival, Groningen, Holland

                  Lawyers Guns & Money, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

1996-8       Death: An Insight on Life, Penrith Regional Gallery, Australian National Tour

1994-6       Elvis + Marilyn: 2 x Immortal, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte,

                  Baltimore Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Honolulu Academy of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa,

                  Tennessee State Museum Nashville, Houston Contemporary Art Museum (curator Wendy McDaris, Memphis University).

1991          Australian Perspecta 1991, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia


Exhibition Publications:

Current Catalogs still in print.

Please also see Asia Art Archive. 


Happy Toy,

ed. Laurens Tan, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9871189-1-2, 60 pages

foreword by Tally Beck, essays by Gina Fairley, Judith Farquhar, Gordon Laurin, Norie Neumark, Angela Zito.

Published by the School of Communication, Arts & Critical Enquiry, LaTrobe University, Australia and Tally Beck Contemporary, NY, NY USA


Always on My Mind – home,

ed. Boyoung Jung & Laurens Tan, 2011,  ISBN 978-89-97044-02-3 93600, 76 pages

Published by the Seoul National University Museum of Art; Australia Korea Foundation


Arena- A Post Boom Beijing,

First Edition, curator & editor Laurens Tan, 2010, ISBN 9781921437212, 60 pages

Foreword by Michael Rolfe, Director, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Sydney Australia

Published by the Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Sydney Australia


Arena- A Post Boom Beijing,

Second Edition, curator & editor Laurens Tan, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9871189-0-5, 68 pages

Published by the Centre for Creative Arts, LaTrobe University Melbourne; Hazelhurst Arts Centre Sydney Australia


The Depth of Ease,

ed. Laurens Tan, 2007, essay by Alison Kubler, 30 pages

Sponsored by Red Gate Gallery, Anniart Gallery, Beijing PRC; Australia China Council.


Other previous publication on request.