​ © 2024 C. Liu

Clare Chun-yu Liu 劉純聿 is a UK-based Taiwanese artist, researcher and lecturer. Clare is interested in reviewing history in relation to diasporic experience and postcolonial thinking. She explores oral history and lived experience in the form of fiction and nonfiction to challenge the grand narratives. Also intrinsic to Clare’s practice is her experimentation with the textual and visual, narrative writing and filmmaking, theory and practice.

Funded by the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship at Manchester School of Art, her recently completed practice-based fine art doctoral research reinterprets English chinoiserie from a postcolonial and personal/Taiwanese perspective. She argues for notional ethnography, a postcolonial strategy of fictional interlocution that generates new historiographies. Through the methodology, historical individuals are cast as film characters and discuss, argue with and question each other about the chinoiserie artefacts within sight in the artist films.

Based on her familial background, Clare has also been exploring the Chinese diaspora and working with the personal stories of diasporic individuals. Her work analyses the relationship between personal and national history, life as a construction of historical events and ultimately how individuals live a life in a time of social and political turbulence.​

​Email: [email protected]

​Instagram: @clarechunyuliu


PhD Practice-based Fine Art (Vice-Chancellor Scholarship)

Manchester School of art, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Thesis title: Reinterpreting English Chinoiserie from a Postcolonial and Personal/Taiwanese Perspective: Creating New Narratives through Art Practice [download link]


MFA Fine Art

Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK


MA Art and Design Studio Practice (Departmental Scholarship)

Loughborough University, UK


BA English Literature

Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan

Research Fellowship
2024/25 Research Fellowship, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

Network Affiliations 

British Art Network [link]
Early Career Researchers Network, Paul Mellon Centre/Yale University, London
Associate Fellowship with Higher Education Academy, UK



Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Bolton, UK

Visiting Lecturer, BA Media Production, Coventry University, UK

Visiting Lecturer, BA Film Production, Regent's University, UK

Associate Lecturer, Manchester School of art, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Presented Conference Papers

I drank the moon's reflection, ECRN Introduction + work in progress, Paul Mellon Centre/online

Reinterpreting English Chinoiserie From a Postcolonial Perspective Through Fiction Filmmaking, Paul Mellon Centre Summer Symposium, London, UK


Contesting Historiography of Cultural Heritage Sites

Association of Critical Heritage Studies Biennial Conference, University College London

Opening up Spaces: Heterotopia as a Postcolonial Strategy

Winter Symposium, Nordic Summer University at Wrocław University, Poland


Challenges and Experiences in Reinterpreting Cultural Heritage Sites

Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, Newcastle University, UK 


Self-representation in chinoiserie: an investigation

Decolonising the Self: Representations of the Self in Art Theory and Practice across Cultures, SOAS, University of London, UK

'Here'...'There' / East and Southeast Asia Diasporic Act

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK [a collaboration between Central Saint Martins and Asian/Pacific/American Institut at New York University] [along with a student crit with BA Fine Art students from across UAL] 


The Nationalists' relocation to Taiwan: staying, going and diaspora
• International History of East Asia Seminar, China Centre, University of Oxford
, UK [along with screening of A love story: between the strait and A complete story: between the strait] 
• Engagement and Identity, American Association of Chinese Studies
Conference, Pepperdine University, California, USA
• Joint East Asian Studies Conference, SOAS
, University of London, UK 


Chinese diaspora, oral history and video art

Routes of Difference: Migration in Artistic, Academic and Media Discourses, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

Bunker Talk, Manchester School of Art, UK [

Roundtable discussion, Chai Shai: Asian British Art, ​Slade School of Fine Art/online
Roundtable Discussion Asia Art Activism, esea contemporary, Manchester, UK
Asia Pacific Film Festival, the University of Central Lancashire, UK

East South East Asian Artists Northwest Roundtable, UK​

Professional Experience

Peer reviewer, Journal for Artistic Research

2019 - 2022
Professional Mentor, Professional Mentoring Scheme, University of the Arts London, UK​


Conference responder, Call and Response - Research Student Presentations, RCA, Greenwich University and the NAFAE network, virtually/UK


Panel Chair, Interdisciplinary Imaginations, Critical Confrontations: New Voices in Postcolonial Studies Symposium, University of Leeds, UK         ​​


Panel Chair, Creative Images Conference, University of Manchester, UK

Organising Committee, Postgraduate Arts & Humanities Centre Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Panel Chair, Manchester Metropolitan Postgraduate Research Conference, UK



PAHC Research Degree Fund, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


Research Support Award, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

PAHC Research Degree Fund, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 


PAHC Research Degree Fund, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 

Conference Fund, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 


PAHC Research Degree Fund, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 


Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarship, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 


Junior Scholar Travel Grant, American Association of Chinese Studies, USA 


Departmental Scholarship, School of the Arts, Loughborough University, UK

Awards and Residencies


Interdisciplinary Autumn School - Asia and Europe: Discourse, Circulation and Representation​, Asien-Orient-Institut, Zürich University, Switzerland
Summer Academy Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway ​


Visual Research Network Residency, UK

Artistic Research Will Eat Itself Research Workshop, Plymouth, UK 


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London, UK – shortlisted
Oberhausen Film Festival Seminar, Germany 


neo:artprize, Bolton, UK – finalist
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London, UK – shortlisted

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions

Video Academy/Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France


UAL AoCA Talent on Film Screening​, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

Asymmetry Foundation, London

Bogotá Experimental Film Festival, Bogotá, Colombia

Asia Pacific Film Festival, the University of Central Lancashire, UK


Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany

New Art Exchange Open, Notthingham, UK 

Clare Chun-yu Liu artist films screening, de Art Center, Guangzhou, China


Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, Turkey

Busan International Video Art Festival, South Korea    

SMIF: Asian Film and Festival in Spain, on-line

EX-iS, Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, South Korea

Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya, Japan

Experimental Forum, USA [Honourable mention]  


BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Bilbao, Spain

2019    ​   

DOBRA Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Filmfest Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Leiden Short Film Festival, Leiden, the Netherlands


Constellations: Screenings from the ‘archive’ and beyond, Asia-Art-Activism Research Network, Raven Row, London, UK

The Research Stomach, KARST, Plymouth, UK


Minikino Film Week, International Short Film Festival Bali, Bali, Indonesia

Migration Film Festival, The Front, New Orleans, USA

Closing the Distance, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia

OverFlow, Performance Studies International Conference, Hamburg, Germany


Routes of Difference – Migration in Artistic, Academic and Media Discourses, Goethe Institut, Lisbon, Portugal

Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers, British Council Hong Kong, China; Boom Art Gallery Bar, Hong Kong, China; Oi!, Hong Kong, China; Fabrica, Brighton, UK; Exeter Phoenix, UK; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; Phoenix Leicester, UK; Taipei International Video Art Exhibition,Taiwan; Song Eun ArtSpace Seoul, South Korea; Ray Art Center Shanghai, China; Minsheng Art Museum Beijing, China; VAFA International Video Festival, Macau, China

Neo: artprize 2015, neo: gallery, Bolton, UK

Artist Video Screenings, Charing Cross Library, London, UK


Art Parlour: On Tour, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

Chelsea Salon, Penarth Studios, London, UK


UK Young Artist Leicester Festival, UK

When Arts Meet, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China



Images Forum Festival, Japan


Artist Liu Chun-yu Liu explores Chinese diaspora, China Information Center


Chun-yu Liu, Stigmart VideoFocus Special Issue NKT



VIDEOTAGE Media Art Collection, Hong Kong, China