Dr Denise Kwan

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  • Qualifications:BA (Fine Art Sculpture), MA (Curating) RCA, PhD
  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 81467
  • Email:Denise.Kwan@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Denise Kwan an artist working across social practice, visual ethnography and material culture and migration studies. Working with ideas of embodiment and diaspora, her ideas  manifest through sculpture, writing and participatory work. Her PhD research (University of Westminster) explored the use of socially engaged art and material culture with two generations of British Chinese women (2019). She collaborated with two generations and created a bi-lingual Cantonese and English art school at Haringey Chinese Community Centre, London. The objects and artworks were curated into a digital platform on www.objectstories.co.uk funded by AHRC, Language Acts and Worldmaking. 

Most recently in collaboration with China Contemporary Centre, London (2020), Denise led a series of digital zine making workshops for East and Southeast Asian communities. Through collective creative making, recalling and sharing memories and recipes, these digital spaces were a collective space of mutual sharing in response to anti-asian racism experienced by communities entitled a Zine of Collective Care: https://issuu.com/denisekwan/docs/a_zine_for_collective_care

Area of expertise

Denise has presented her research at a national and international contexts including co-organising the inaugural academic workshop exploring the experiences of British Chinese women at Kings College (2018). She has presented her research at Wuyi University, China (2018) and at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference (2020).

Her writing has been featured on arts platform including ArtReview and The British Journal of Chinese Studies. Her writing was selected by Harmonious Society Award for Art Criticism (2014) and was shortlisted by Wales in Venice life/art writing (2019). Most recently, her poems have been published by Writing Our Legacy (2020). 


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