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Nicole Lau, a Chinese Canadian with Hakka heritage, is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. For three consecutive years between 2022 and 2024, Lau received the Research and Creation award and Professional Development award through The Canada Council for the Arts. Lau held her first solo exhibition "Home Kong" in Vancouver, BC and participated in group exhibitions including The People's Forum in New York City, The National Housing Conference, Richmond Art Gallery and Seymour Art Gallery in BC. She is a member of The Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, BC. Lau hosts the Creative Diagnosis podcast that explores the human first, and the artist second. 


2022/2023 Penn Studio School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2021/2022 Noah Layne Academy of Realist Art, Victoria, BC

Bachelor of Commerce (September 2015 - September 2016) Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC

Diploma in Recreation Leadership (September 2013 - September 2015) Langara College, Vancouver, BC

Solo Exhibition

2024 Reverberations (September 1st - October 1st 2024)

Kent Harrison Arts Council, Harrison, BC

2024 Reverberations (Curated by Meghan Porath) (July 18th - August 25th 2024)

Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, Revelstoke, BC

2022 Home Kong (Curated by Chris Mendiza ) (May 8th 2022)

Matchstick Davie, Vancouver, BC

Group Exhibition

2024 Untitled (Curated by Shaun Dacey and Rebecca Bayer) (June 21st - July 14th 2024)

Portal Pop Up Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2024 Threads Cultural Conversations (May 22nd - May 23rd 2024)

Saskatoon Open Door Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Online Exhibition 

2024 Viva Alliance (Curated by Shadi Shadbahr and Maryam Babaei) (March 22nd - March 24th 2024)

The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Vancoouver, BC

2023 ArtRich (Curated by The Richmond Arts Coalition) (November 24th - December 31st 2023)

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC

2023 Fundraising Exhibition: Art Party (Curated by Vanessa Black) (November 2nd – November 5th 2023)

Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

2023 Uncertain Certainties (Curated by Sarah Irvin & Kaylan Buteyn) (October 17th 2023 - TBD)

Online group exhibition, Thrive Together Network

2023 Mail Art Exhibition: Collecting & Reassembling (Curated by Kathy Tycholis) (September 9th - November 5th 2023)

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC  

2023 The Body: Object, Product, Agency (Curated by Amanda Johnson) (March 3rd - March 4th 2023)

The People's Forum, New York City, NY

2022 Together (Curated by Olivier Salvas) (November 23rd 2022)

Housing Central Conference, Sheraton Hotel Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC



Narciso, Gerald & Neufeld, Josh,"Narciso, Gerald, "'You are always welcome': How the Vancouver Special became an iconic and beloved style of home," Vancouver Sun, July 8th 2024

Narciso, Gerald & Neufeld, Josh,"Narciso, Gerald, "Vancouver's Special TimeThe Province, July 7th 2024

Included in"A Ball Court, Crocodiles" 2023 Winter Exhibition Catalog, I Like Your Work (Curated by Jenny Wu), April 3rd 2024

Ng, Wayne, "Hakka Matriarchal Threads: Wearing and Weaving Hakka Roots: An Interview with Nicole Lau," November 27th 2023

Hess, Erika B, "Following a Creative Path: Art & Mental Illness with Artist Nicole Lau," I Like Your Work, March 23rd 2023

Meyers, Charlie J. "Featured Artist", The Moon Cheese Curator, August 20th 2022

Smith, Jamie. "Thrive Member Take Over", Thrive Together Network, March 15th 2022

Shepert, Elana, "From alleyways: How 'found free' items made this Vancouver patio beautiful", Vancouver Is Awesome, July 6th 2021

Smith, Jamie. "Featured Artist",  Thrive Together Network, June 8th 2021

Awards and Residencies

Research and Creation Award, The Canada Council for the Arts (2024)
Professional Development Award, The Canada Council for the Arts (2024)
Research and Creation Award, The Canada Council for the Arts (2023)

Professional Development Award, The Canada Council for the Arts (2023)
Research and Creation Award, The Canada Council for the Arts (2023)
Virtual Art Residency, Thrive Together Network (2023)
Professional Development Award,  The Canada Council for the Arts (2023)
Research and Creation Award, The Canada Council for the Arts (2023)

Professional Experience

2024-2025 Public Art Selection Panelist, Richmond Public Art, Richmond, BC

Anti-Asian Racism Writing Circle, Joy Kogawa House, Vancouver BC (September 2023 - April 2024)

Nervous System 101: Trauma-Informed Practices for Art and Culture Facilitators and Producers, The Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC (September 3rd 2023)

Volunteer Museum Guide, Chinese Canadian Museum, Vancouver, BC (June - August 2022)

Volunteer Murals Assistant, Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancouver, BC (August 2020)

Volunteer Illustrator and Designer, MAPS Canada, Vancouver, BC (May - September 2020)

Volunteer Illustrator, BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society, Vancouver BC (March- September 2020)

Intern Schools and Program Assistant, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (January - May 2015)

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