Luke Conroy (1990) is an Australian artist, sociologist and educator. His art practice is grounded in social observations and research, taking form in photography, digital art, video, text and installation. Across his eclectic projects, Luke creates satisfying and emotional visuals that promote a consideration of human values, relationships and beliefs across a variety of contexts. In order to create this work, Luke frequently imbeds himself in a variety of contrasting working environments, producing work that finds inspiration through collaboration with the local community and his own subjective interpretations.
In 2012 Luke graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology with minors in Journalism and Fine Arts. In 2013, under the supervision of renowned cultural sociologist Professor Adrian Franklin, Luke received First Class Honours for his thesis in the School of Social Science at the University of Tasmania. In 2015 Luke graduated from Charles Darwin University with a Diploma of Teaching and Learning, specialising in Art and Media. From 2015 to 2018, Luke worked full-time as a teacher of Photography, Graphic Design, Art and Media at a college in Tasmania, Australia.
In 2019 Luke left his job as a teacher in order to pursue his art practice in a full time capacity. Since making this decision, Luke has been successfully selected for artist residencies at cultural institutions in Russia, Iceland, Germany, Norway, Finland and Denmark. During these residencies Luke was involved in a number of successful artist talks, community workshops and open studio events.
Since pursuing his art full-time, Luke’s projects have been successfully awarded a variety of grants and funding through Arts Tasmania (Australia), Stroom Den Haag (The Netherlands), European Cultural Foundation, Devonport City Council (Australia), Viborg Kunsthal (Denmark), Hošek Contemporary (Germany), AiR Karelia (Russia), Takt Berlin (Germany).
Currently Luke’s focus is on a variety of collaborative projects with the Dutch documentary filmmaker and visual art Anne Fehres. Working together since 2016, the artist duo main ongoing works are the documentary project News From Home which has been presented in six different countries and the video art installation Phantasm which was shown in the main exhibition space of the Hošek Contemporary in Berlin, Germany.