Gayle Chong Kwan


Gayle Chong Kwan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and lives and works in London. Her work is exhibited and published nationally and internationally, and is held in public and private collections. She is represented by Galerie Alberta Pane Paris and The Artists Agency UK.

2016 - 2021 PhD, Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
2012 - 2015 MPhil, Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
1997-2000 BA Hons Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
1994-5 MSc Communications, University of Stirling, Scotland
1991-4 BA Hons Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester

2015 British Council/Arts Council England International Artist Award - 'Photography in the Public Realm New York'
2014 FATHOM Award, Four Corners, London
2013 REFOCUS: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize
2012 The Royal Scottish Academy Award
2009 The Vauxhall Collective Photography Prize
2008 National Touring Award, Arts Council England
2005 Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes Award
2005 International Fellow, Arts Council England

2015 Why Would I Lie?, Royal College of Art Research Biennale, London
2014 The Social: Encountering Photography, North East
2011 Gayle Chong Kwan, Giulia Giannola and Francesca Mila Nemni ‘Invisible Twinning’, Urban Meridian, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Asia-Pacific Biennale, Berlin
2011 Gayle Chong Kwan ‘The Obsidian Isle’, New Forest Pavilion, 54 Bienniale di Venezia, Italy
2009 Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Cockaigne’, Tales from the New World, 10 Havana Biennale, Cuba

Selected Publications
'Imaginal Travel: An Expedition in Fine Art Practice in Search of the Loneliest Palm', in Non-Representational Theory and the Creative Arts, eds. Boyd and Edwardes, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind. The Politics and Culture of Waste, ed. Christof Mauch, Transformations in Environment and Society, Munich.
Why Would I Lie?, Royal College of Art Biennale, Royal College of Art, London
Experimental Eating, Edinburgh: Black Dog Publishing
Food, Nutrition, Agriculture. Challenges of the new millennium, L’Erma di Bretschneider

‘Mindscape’, 100 Years Minds in Motion, Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt

Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Blind Vistas’, Journal 01

‘Invisible Twinning’, Urban Meridian, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Gayle Chong Kwan, ‘The Obsidian Isle’, Monograph, Published by Graphical House, Glasgow

‘Vauxhall Collective Awards’, Idea Generation

‘Havana Biennial’, Published by Havana Biennial, Cuba

‘Photography: A Critical Introduction’, 4th Edition, edited by Liz Wells, Routledge

‘Platform for Art. Art on the Underground’, Black Dog Publishing

‘Open Space. Art in the Public Realm in London 1995 – 2005’, Arts Council England

‘Stilled. Contemporary Still Life Photography by Women’, IRIS, Published by Ffotogallery

‘The Grand Tour: Gayle Chong Kwan’s Sensory Universe’, Equipeco, Italy, V22

'The Grand Tour', Monograph, published by ArtSway
‘En Route’, Portfolio, Issue 49

‘Atlantis’, Special Edition, Portfolio, Issue 50 

Public Speaking
Gayle Chong Kwan speaks at national and international conferences and events, and is Visiting Tutor at various Art Colleges and Universities. She has been selected as a BBC BAME Expert in Fine Art.



Wastescape: Weaving Landscapes of Politics, Dairy, and Waste, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand
Experiential Ecology, The Edge, Bath University, UK
Stormy Weather, Museum Arnhem, Netherlands
Quarantine Archipelago, Tai Kwun Centre for Arts and Heritage, Hong Kong
Anthropocene, CPPIB, Contemporary Art Society, London

Preserved, Nuit Blanche, Toronto City Hall
At the Crossroads, British Library, London
Doubting Thomas, Duddells, London
Post-Water, Museum of the Mountain, Torino, Italy
The People’s Forest, William Morris Gallery, London
The People’s Forest, The View, Epping Forest, London

Le Desir, Group Exhibition, Galerie Alberta Pane, Venice
Atlantis, Sea Swim, Head Above Water, Crescent Arts, Scarborough
The Fairlop Oak, Barbican
Microclimate, Invisible Dust, Normanby Hall, Hull City of Culture
The Field Kitchen Bath, The Edge, Bath
Peckham Platform Retrospective, Peckham Platform, London
The Fairlop Oak, Walthamstow Garden Party

Know-How, Group Exhibition, Galleries, University of Bath
Atlantis, Head Above Water, Group Exhibition, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth
The Pan Hag Field Kitchen, East Durham, commissioned by Forma
Plot, 'What's your Location: Re-Imagined Reality', Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City.
Food, Nature, and Consumption, The Odd Guides, CREATE, London

Photography in the Public Realm, New York, ICP/Aperture, New York
Intimi Nutrimenti, Musei di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso, Genoa, Italy
The Obsidian Isle, Venice Pavilion in London, hARTSlane, London
Anthropo-scene, Solo Exhibition, Bloomberg Space, London
The Pan Hag, East Durham Creates/FORMA, UK
Atlantis, Solo Exhibition, Architecture en Jeux, Cultural Centre de Blagnac, France
Plot, Why Would I Lie?, Royal College of Art Research Biennale, London
Artist in Residence, Stills, Edinburgh
Wastescape, Horniman Museum, London

Atlantis, El Circulo, Plaza Roldan, Mexico City
Plot, Moving Image Commission, FATHOM Award, Four Corners, London
Mindscape, Permanent Commission, The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
Wastescape, The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation, London
The Macaroni, The Tourists, Felbrigg Estate, National Trust, UK
Venice Printmaking Workshop Residency, Venice, Italy

The Politics of Food Residency, Delfina Foundation, UK
Delfina Foundation, Art14, London
Wandering Waste, Stills, Edinburgh, and Deveron Arts, Huntly
, Royal Scottish Academy Award
Betwixt and Between, Solo Exhibition, South Square Gallery, Thornton

Arripare, Refocus: The Castlegate mima Photography Prize, Stockton
Gardens of Adonis, Tate Modern, London
Blind Vistas, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
The Obsidian Isle, An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
The Obsidian Isle, Backdoor Gallery, Clydebank, Scotland
Mountains in the Warehouse, Cinnamon Kitchen, London
Sensory Round Table, The Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Blueprint, Couriers of Taste, Danson House, London

FORMER WEST, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

The Golden Tide, Estuary, Museum of London, London

Wastescape, Festival of the World, Southbank Centre, London
The Golden Tide, Our Mutual Friends, Film and Video Umbrella, London
Double Vision, Peckham Space, London
The Obsidian Isle, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
Memory Trace, Commission, The Wellcome Trust, London
The Obsidian Isle, Galleria Uno + Uno, Milan
Installation, National Maritime Museum, London
Mottisfont Flows, Artist in Residence, Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust, UK
Intimate Revolution: Discourse on Disappointment, Various Venues, Shanghai/ Beijing, China

Galleria Uno + Uno, MIA, Milan Image Fair, Milan, Italy
Blueprint/Impressions of Inner Mongolia, SINOPTICON: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary Art, Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth City and Museum Art Gallery, UK

Galleria Ines Barrenechea, Just Mad, Art Fair, Madrid

Sport Your Food, IMAF, New York, Milan, London
Invisible Twinning, Cultivation Field, Reading, UK

The Obsidian Isle, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow (with publication)
Sensory Banquet, Artist in Residence, Samphire Hoe, Kent Cultural Baton/Eurotunnel, UK
The Obsidian Isle, New Forest Pavilion, 54th La Biennale di Venezia
Giphantie, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
Invisible Twinning, Haus de Kulturen de Welt, Berlin
Solo exhibition, Galeria Ines Barrenechea, Madrid
Pas de Piqueur, Etat d’un Lieu, Pépinières Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris
Vault Art Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Savernake: The Spirit of the Place, Monika Bobinska Projects at Jen Hills London, London
Galleria Uno + Uno, Berliner Liste, Berlin
The Doubt of Beauty: Photographs from Collection Gibelli, Palazzo Te, Mantova, Italy
Vault Art Fair, Glasgow
Manipulated Memory Tasting Booth, China Through a Looking Glass, V&A Museum, London
MiArt, Milan, Italy
BREATHE Residency, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK

SINOPTICON: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary Art, Symposium, V&A, London, UK
The Ossianic Landscape, The Ossianic Landscape, The Project Room, Trongate 103, Glasgow, UK
Save the Last Dance for Me, Whose Map is it?, Iniva, London
Sensorial Universe, Galleria Uno + Uno, Milan
Panoramica, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, UK
Manipulated Memory Tasting Booth, Science Museum, London
Green Flash, Eattopia, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

Senscape Scotland, Vauxhall Collective Award, Idea Generation Gallery, London
Sh Contemporary, Shanghai, China
Memory Tasting Unit, No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London
SWAB, Barcelona, Spain
Green Flash, Film/Video/Performance, Wimbledon Space, London
MiArt, Milan, Italy
Designated Status, Home and Abroad Portugal, Triangle Arts Trust, Sintra, Portugal
Green FlashManipulated Memory Tasting Booth, Hotpot, Fife Contemporary, St Andrews, Scotland
Contemporary Chinese, Dazed and Confused, London

The Eyes See More than the Heart Knows, Peckham Space, London
The Grand Tour, Solo exhibition, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris
Senscape Scotland, Vauxhall Collective Award, UK
Terroir and the Pathetic Fallacy, ‘The Grand Tour’, Artsway, New Forest (with publication)
Moravia Memoryscape, El Centro Cultural de Moravia, Medellin, Colombia
500/1000, Artissima 09, Turin, Italy
SLICK, Le 104 Centre Quatre, Paris
Senscape Scotland, Vauxhall Collective Award, Idea Generation, London
New London School, Galerie Schuster, Berlin
Cockaigne, 5x5 Castelló 09, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain
Sensus Shoreditch, Creative Mapping, Iniva, London
Vilnius Art Fair, Vilnius
British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning, 1966-2009, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York
Green Flash, At Your Service, David Roberts Foundation, London
Cockaigne/Manipulated Memory Tasting Booth, Pot Luck, Art Circuit Touring Exhibition, New Art Gallery Walsall, Aberystwyth Art Centre, PM Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, UK
S x S dans R, La Générale en Manufacture Sèvres, Paris
The Peckham Experiment, Camberwell Space, London
Cockaigne, Finger Buffet, Travelling Gallery, Various, Scotland
Arts Council Scotland and Ricefield Residency, Scotland, UK

Folliescape, La Villette, Paris
Stellar Dentrite, Tatton Park Biennial, Manchester
Sensus Shoreditch, inIVA, London
The Land of Peach Blossom, Graves Gallery, Sheffield
Atlantis, The Grand Tour, Arts Co, London
Glocal Panorama, ‘The Grand Tour’, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy
Veduta Romantica,The Grand Tour, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
Landscape, School of Landscape Versailles/La Villette, Paris
The Future Can Wait, Truman Brewery, London
Love Difference Pastries, Love Difference, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy
Cockaigne, Utopia, Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Valladolid, Spain
Fantastic, Fake and Found, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
SLICK, 104, Paris
The Golden Record, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Group Exhibition, Moatti-Riviere House, Moscow
Thames Town, Contemporary Chinoiserie, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
Cockaigne, Utopia, PhotoEspana, Museu Berardo, Centro Cultural do Belem, Lisbon
Cockaigne, Government Art Fund Exhibition, British Ambassador's Residence, Paris
Cantilever, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London Festival of Architecture, London
Living Together, Iniva/British Council, Tbilisi, Georgia
Ville de Paris Residency, Cite Internationale des Arts de Paris, Paris, France

Journey to the Centre of the Earth/Cockaigne, Art on the Underground, London
El Puente Residency, Macroproyecto de Moravia, Medellin, Colombia
Parasympathetic, COAST International Residency, A Foundation, Liverpool, UK
Conversations, Tate Britain, London
Different Worlds, National Portrait Gallery, London
Cockaigne: Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK; Opera North, Leeds; Globe Gallery, Newcastle, UK
A Mushroom Out of Its Mycelium, San Salvario Mon Amour, Turin
Thy Neighbour’s Ox, Space Station Sixty-Five, London
The Third Paradise, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Venice Biennale, Italy
Be Ready Heart, For Parting, New Endeavour, Great Eastern Hotel, London
Entente Cordiale, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
Memory Tasting Unit, SPACE/Bow Festival, London
Vista, The Garden of Earthly Delights, Brockwell Park, London
Sensus Leeds, Shift, Emerged, Leeds, UK
Product of, Flypitch, Brixton Market, London
Pause, Gallery Los 29 Enchufes, Madrid, Spain
Hirsute, Hair the Show, Tablet Gallery, Tabernacle, London
European Forum for Emerging Creation, Pépinières, Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg Complete Control, Contemporary Art Projects, London
Labyrinth, Teatro de los Sentidos / Creative Partnerships, UK
Die Green, Live Pretty, Arts Co, and Pia Getty, London
Atlantis, Second Life, Portman Gallery, London
ARTfutures, London
Sensory Material, Bonhams Contemporary, London
Blurring the Neatline, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Adonia, The Mothership Collective, South London Gallery, London

A Mushroom out of its Mycelium, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy
Thy Neighbour’s Ox, Space Station Sixty-Five, London
The Third Paradise, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Venice Biennale, Italy
Be Ready Heart, For Parting, New Endeavour, Great Eastern Hotel, London
Entente Cordiale, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris
Memory Tasting Unit, SPACE/Bow Festival, London
Vista, The Garden of Earthly Delights, Brockwell Park, London
Pause, Gallery Los 29 Enchufes, Madrid, Spain
Hirsute, Hair the Show, Tablet Gallery, Tabernacle, London
Dambusters, GPS Gaming Dam Square, Netherlands New Media Institute, Amsterdam