Claudia Chan Shaw

Sydney born Claudia Chan Shaw’s diverse career in the creative industry spans art and design, photography, curating, television and radio, arts commentary, public speaking, and collecting.

She is co-designer and director for the internationally acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw. The designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

A photo artist, Claudia’s latest series Obscuriosity, draws on a personal cabinet of curiosities – childhood memories and the intrigue of the obscure.

Her ongoing photography series Poster Boy was presented in 2012, with new works from Poster Boy shown in a solo show at Art Atrium as part of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival. Group shows include Integration Exchange at the China Cultural Centre in 2017, and Transcendence at Art Atrium in association with Live in Art in 2018.

Claudia has curated a number of fashion exhibitions including Vivian Chan Shaw – 40 Years, A Retrospective at Tamworth Regional Gallery (2016) and the Whitehouse Institute of Design Australia (2013); and fashion artist Alfredo Bouret Retrospective (2005).

She was the curator of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival (2016 -2018), and curated Twenty Twenty at the Old Wool Store Kensington in 2016. Her lantern installation of Rabbits delighted Sydney-siders during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Sydney Chinese New Year Festivals.

She is perhaps best known for her role as co-host and presenter on ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors. Her subsequent book Collectomania: From objects of desire to magnificent obsession, navigates the world of collectors and celebrates collections both strange and beautiful.

She hosts an interview program, The Dialogue on 89.7fm Eastside Radio with an emphasis on the arts and design.

Claudia is a cultural tour leader for the Art Gallery Society World Art Tours. Focusing on Art Deco, design and contemporary art, she has led tours China: Art Deco to Art Now (2016), Miami and Cuba : Art Deco to Art Now (2017) and New York : Art Deco to Art Now (2018).


Art Atrium @ Jones Bay Wharf Exhibition Opening – Claudia Chan Shaw & Cindy Yuen-zhe Chen