Suki Chan is a moving image and installation artist. Using meticulously crafted processes and by abstracting familiar materials and objects, Chan creates uncanny narratives that probe the boundaries between private and public space.
Chan’s films are notable for their dream-like aesthetic. Shifting between the micro and the macro, she draws the viewer into a cinematic ‘elsewhere’. Sleep Walk Sleep Talk a two-screen installation piece, an impressionistic study of contemporary London at night probes the delicate balance of freedoms and restrictions in an urban metropolis.
Chan’s haunting film Interval II resonates with ideas about migration and transition and how space becomes place. Threaded through her work is an elegiac tracking of the footprints of human narrative, the fables and relics embedded in time and place.
In recent years she has undertaken ambitious, research based projects linking science and art: Lucida (2016), investigates the human eye, vision and the brain, bringing the perceptual process – including its flaws, imperfections and assumptions – to the forefront
Chan is currently in receipt of a Developing Your Creative Practice Arts Award from the Arts Council of England to develop Conscious, a project exploring the future of our individual and collective consciousness.
In 2017 Chan was selected for New Approaches, a development programme run by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), and in 2020 she was one of the three recipients of FLAMIN Production’s Development Award 2020 for her project Fog in My Head.
Born in Hong Kong in 1977
Lives and works in London
2008 MA Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, London
1996 – 1999 BA (Hons), Goldsmiths’ College, London
Commissioned by Somerset Art Works to make a short film Memory
Lucida, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK
Lucida Tintype, London, UK
A Light Shines in Darkness FVU touring project: Still Point in St Catherine’s Chapel, Norwich Cathedral & St Werburgh’s Church, Derby, UK
A Hundred Seas Rising Aspex Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
A Hundred Seas Rising Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Still Point The Lightbox, Woking
Still Point Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury
Sleep Walk Sleep Talk Commission for the Dickens in London exhibition at The Museum of London
Undiscovered Landscapes The Wapping Project, London
Sleep Walk Sleep Talk Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
Utopia on the Horizon Tintype, London
Sleep Walk Sleep Talk NAE, Nottingham
Sleep Walk Sleep Talk A-Foundation, London
Sleep Walk Sleep Talk 198 Gallery, London
Interval II Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley
Interval II Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
Story of Rice 4 El Tanque, Canary Islands, Spain
Story of Rice 3 Leicester New Walk Museum
Shadows Old Seager Distillery, Deptford X, London
The Story of Rice Upriver Loft, Kunming, China
2003 – 2001
Shadow Songs Bluecoats Art Centre, Liverpool Biennale
Little Rituals Turnpike Gallery, Manchester
Midsummer’s Daydream Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore
Seeing: Out of Time Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester
SEEING, Science Gallery, London, UK
UN(REAL), Science Gallery Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Circadian Rhythms, The Glucksman, University College Cork, Ireland
More Gravy!, Tintype, London, UK
SEEING, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima, Peru.
London Nights, Museum of London, UK.
Presence: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Chinese Art, St George’s Hall, Liverpool UK
SEEING, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, USA
SEEING, Frost Science Museum, Miami, USA. 2016
SEEING, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Videotage booth, Art Basel Hong Kong, China.
The Ingram Collection: Not all Contemporary Art is Rubbish!, The Lightbox, Woking, UK.
Mothership, Art Factory, Bruton, UK
Suki Chan’s Still Point was part of a three-day moving image event in Liverpool 28 – 30 September focusing on films by artists based in Asia and its diaspora. misty clouds scattered colours is organised by Edouard Malingue Gallery and supported by key organisations in the North West.
SEEING, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Videotage booth, Art Basel Hong Kong, China
The Ingram Collection: Not all Contemporary Art is Rubbish, The Lightbox, Woking, UK
Still Point – shown as part of A Light Shines in the Darkness, FVU touring exhibition in which six artists’ films travel to churches and cathedrals around the UK
A Personal Passion, Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton, UK
Drifting Dérive Asia House, London
Obscura part of Essex Road, eight artists – eight films, Tintype, London
Video Art Dr. Bhau Daji Museum, Mumbai, India
Show Motion UAL Showroom, London
Bridge Museum of London, London
Cooperation Territory, 16thLINE Gallery, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Dalston House Screenings: There and Here, The Barbican, London
(b)orders, orders, (dis)orders, dna Projects, Sydney, Australia
Plural, WW Gallery, London
Still Point, Deepam Cinema, Seychelles
Still Point, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
(b)orders, orders, (dis)orders, Raf Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Lightness, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Ireland
The City in the City, Art on the Underground, London
Curator’s Egg Altera Pars Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Sinopticon Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
English Education Dan Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Shape of Things Ferrate Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
China Through the Looking Glass Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Smokefall Tintype, London
Spritz Simons Muirhead & Burton, London
The Ingram Collection Lightbox, Woking, UK.
El Ritmo De la Luz TEA, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Concrete and Glass 20 Hoxton Square, London, UK
For the Sake of the Image Jerwood Space, London
Minutiae Roscommon Arts Centre, Ireland.
Eniminminimos II Esplanade, Singapore
Pathways Profeti Disarmati Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Floating WALL, London
Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River Saatchi Gallery, London
Kiss of a lifetime Bearspace, London
Interval II ArtProjx, Prince Charles Cinema, London
Interval II Evolution Festival, Lumens, Leeds
Propeller Island Brompton Design District, London
Futuremap 08 David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia, London
Cantilever Collyer & Bristow Gallery, London
13th International Arts and Digital Cultures Festival Gran Canaria, Spain 007 Sequence and Repetition 3 Bridge Art Fair, London
Sequence and Repetition Jerwood Space, London
Sequence and Repetition Beldam Gallery, London
Reversing Horizons Shanghai Museum of Modern Art
House Project Kiliney Hill, Dublin, Ireland
Bracket This Liverpool Biennale
Utopias Eigse, Carlow, Ireland
Fantasy Landscapes Asia House, London
Close Distance Plymouth Arts Centre
Fascinations Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
2003 – 2005
When in Rome Lewisham Art House, London Toured to:
Spacex Exeter; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; MAC, Birmingham, + Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth
2003 – 2004
CODEC/X – Zion Arts Centre, Manchester Toured to:
Send + Receive: A Festival of Sound Winnipeg, Canada. Florida Moving Image Archive, Miami.
Kinokaze, Cinema Rex, Belgrade, Serbia
Cinema Vortex, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami. Switch Media Art Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
WORM @ Zaal de Unie, Rotterdam. New Media space, 24hr art, Northern Territories Centre for
Contemporary Art, Darwin, Australia
We go Round and Round Comme Ca Art NY, USA
Thermo The Lowry, Salford Pattern Crazy Crafts Council, London
Big Screen in Little China, GMI screen, Leicester Sq, London
Shanghai Art Fair, China
Public Art Commissions
Imagining Raindrops III, Ridgewood School
Imagining Raindrops II, LIME
Imagining Raindrops, MPA
Imagine (space above our heads), OCC, Manchester
Story of Rice 2, CAS, London , Timeless Journeys, GMPTE Flight, LIME
2004 – 2006 OCC, Manchester
2004 King’s School, Gutersloh, Germany
2003 Artist residency/research project, Upriver Loft, Kunming, China
2001 – 2003 Turnpike Gallery, Manchester
2002 Artist residency, PKW, Singapore
FLAMIN Productions, Suki Chan is one of the three recipients of FLAMIN Production’s Development Award 2020 for her project Fog in My Head.
Project Grant, Arts Council England
Developing Your Creative Practice Award, Arts Council England
Suki Chan was selected for Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN)’s development programme, New Approaches, to develop Conscious, a feature length film for both gallery presentation and theatrical distribution.
Small Arts Award, Wellcome Trust
Grants for the Arts Award, Arts council England
Development award, Film and Video Umbrella
Grant for the Arts award, Arts Council of England
LAFVA production award, Film London
Artist Links Award, British Council & Arts Council
Cultural Diversity Award, Arts Council & AGMA
Individual Artists Award, Arts Council
Cultural Diversity Award, Arts Council & AGMA
Individual Artists Award, Arts Council
Public & Private Collections
Museum of London, UK
David Roberts Art Foundation, London
University of the Arts Art Collection, UK
University of Salford Art Collection, UK
EA Byrne Contemporary Art Collection, London
Ingram Collection, London
The Celebrity Art Collection on Solstice Cruise Ship
Private collections in the UK and USA
Lucida, 2016, Contributors: Colin Blakemore, Marius Kwint, Richard Wingate, Piers Masterson and Gareth Evans.
Still Point, 2012, Chan’s production diary as she navigates filming in contested sacred spaces, with commissioned texts by Gareth Evans and Brian Dillon
A Hundred Seas Rising, 2012, Published to coincide with the commissioned installation at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. Contributors include the late MP Tony Benn, artist Richard Wentworth and author Dreda Say Mitchell.
Island is Land, Hong Kong Eye, 2012, showcasing the best of contemporary Hong Kong art
For the Sake of the Image, Jerwood catalogue 2010
Utopia on the Horizon by Suki Chan, Tintype, London 2011