Luke Conroy (1990) is an Australian artist, sociologist and educator, based in The Netherlands. His art practice engages with socio-cultural topics in meaningful yet playful ways, utilising humour and irony as essential tools for critical reflection and expression. The outcome of his work utilises an ever-evolving multimedia and audio-visual practice which includes photography, digital-art, video, sound, VR, NFTs, textile, text and installation.
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 senior college in Tasmania, Australia.
In order to access new and unique micro-level experiences, Luke frequently work in a variety of diverse cultural and environmental contexts. Working across ten countries to date, his practice draws inspiration from immersion in new human and ‘other-than-humans’ communities. In these communities he draws inspiration from research, collaboration and observation, allowing space for mutual exchange between himself as ‘outsider’ and the ‘insider’ community members.
Luke's previous projects have been exhibited across Europe in a variety of solo and group exhibitions. Previous projects have been successfully awarded grants and funding through International organisations including: Creative Europe, The European Cultural Foundation, The Consulate General of the Netherlands, The Italian Ministry of Culture, Goethe Institut, Arts Council Malta, Stimuleringsfonds (The Netherlands), Arts Tasmania (Australia), Australia Council for the Arts, Stroom Den Haag (The Netherlands), LINZ FMR (Austria), CultuurSchakel (The Netherlands), Viborg Kunsthal (Denmark), Hošek Contemporary (Germany), Ministry of Culture of Karelia (Russia), Municipality of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Filmboard Karlsruhe (Germany), Artist Residencies Enschede (The Netherlands) and Takt Berlin (Germany).