Tracy Luff commenced her arts career in the late 1990s studying at the Hunter Institute of TAFE and gaining an
Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts; and later gaining a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours from the Australian
National University. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education.
She is known for her amazing two and three dimensional artworks created from fluted cardboard using the cut edges
to create texture and form. In the words of Jennifer Lamb, OAM (2011) "The sheer grace of her sculpture belies the
tediousness of its creation, from cutting disks of cardboard and layering them into the rhythm of the sculpture, whose
manifestation now suggests ancient landforms, growing or eroding layer by layer over the eons." The evolution of her
technical expertise in working with this sculptural medium has been enriched by a fine sense of aesthetic and of
conceptual investigation. Conceptually, and aesthetically, her work is grounded in her Chinese Malaysian heritage
and her life in regional Australia.
Living in regional New South Wales, Tracy Luff is like [an] exotic species transplanted from tropical Malaysia to the cold arid
climate of Goulburn - the different one - constantly existing within parenthesis. While Luff does not subscribe to cultural politics as
a platform for her artmaking, she is however interested in exploring the boundaries of physical and psychological space and to
question her own sense of displacement through the metaphor of recycled cardboard, her chosen material.
These ideas come together in her installation, Tip-toe-tip-toe where can I go? (2011), 22 cardboard forms sprouting in the lower
gallery of 4A, observed from the street like a specimen rare and somewhat contagious, controlled in its room-sized vitrine. One is
witness to something emerging.
An interesting precursor to this piece was the outdoor work, The Different Ones (2009). Taking its cue from carnivorous plants, this
small group of vertical forms sat 'introduced' to the Wollondilly planes like wild grasses with a resilience to survive. The
physicality of the landscape posed a great challenge to the cardboard: Would it hold up? How would its character be altered?
While clearly out of place, there was a beauty, a synergy in Luff's cardboard forms as they sat in conversation with the rural
setting. She is also of this place. (Gina Fairley, 2011).
Her artistic achievements include winning the National Art Award; Windmill Trust Scholarship; Jennifer Lamb
Veolia Creative Art Scholarship; Goulburn Art Award; and regular selection as finalist in many events including the
Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award, Conrad Jupiters Art Prize; and the
$35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting multiple times. She was selected for major commission by
Southern Tablelands Arts to create commemorative sculptures for the Great Southern Line ANZAC Story
Commemorative Art Project, as part of the Australian ANZAC Centenary Arts Program 2014-2018. Her artwork,
constructed from steel and timber, was selected as one of the three finalists for the National Street Art Award
Commemorative Sculpture Category, 2019.
As an exhibiting artist, Tracy has had many solo exhibitions including: Two cubes at Sydney's Sherman Galleries,
East and West Art in Melbourne, The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; NG Art Gallery, Sydney; Maitland Regional
Art Gallery. Her work has been represented in art fairs in Singapore, Korea and Brisbane. She has also exhibited by
invitation at the CODA Museum, Appeldoorn, Netherlands; and Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands for the Paper
Biennial, Rijswijk.
Tracy frequently works with community festivals and events. Examples include: the Belco50 Festival at Belconnen,
ACT; Illuminate Wollondilly at Picton, NSW; and the Lambing Flats Chinese Festival at Young, NSW. Her work
involves creating illuminated three dimensional forms as centrepieces for festival parades; and conducting
community creative workshops for both adults and children.
Curriculum Vitae - Tracy Luff
TERTIARY QUALIFICATIONS:
2006 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Honours
2012 Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND EVENTS:
Lambing Flat Chinese Festival, Hilltops 2020; IlluminARTe Wollondilly 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020; BE L CO 5 0 celebrating 50
years of Belconnen, 2016. Commissioner: Belconnen Arts Centre; BEAMS arts festival Sydney 2016; Chinese New Year
2016, Kensington Street, Chippendale Creative Precinct; Great Southern Line Anzac Story (2015-2018) Commissioner:
Southern Tablelands Arts.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2013 Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2012 NG Art Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney
2011 SLOT, Alexandria, Sydney
2011
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
2011 East and West Art Gallery, Melbourne
2010 NG Art Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney
2009 Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania
2008 East and West Art Gallery, Melbourne
2008 SLOT, Alexandria, Sydney
2005 East and West Art Gallery, Melbourne
2004
23 at Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 Goulburn & District Arts & Crafts Centre
2003 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2002 Maitland City Council Chambers
2002 Maitland City Art Gallery - Sculpture of the Month (August)
2001 Damien Minton Gallery, Newcastle - Shop front window
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2017 20th Anniversary Windmill Trust Exhibition - MAMA, Albury
2017 Woven in Winter - Sturt Gallery, Mittagong
2017 Pop UP Exhibition - IlluminARTe Wollondilly, Picton
2016 Meroogal Women's Art Prize exhibition - Sydney Living Museums Foundation
2016 Paper Biennial Rijswijk - Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands
2016 Art at Night in Chippendale Kensington Street, Sydney
2016 Twenty Twenty exhibition - The Old Rum Store, Sydney
2015 Alternate Forms - Kensington Contemporary, Sydney
2015 CODA Paper Art 2015 - Coda Muzuem, Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
2015 Object Urbanites - Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2015 "My last begging, Ha!! Ha!! Ha!! And the piano has been drinking'"- Maitland Regional Art Galley
2014 Chinese Whispers - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.
2014 Sawmillers Sculpture Prize - Sawmillers Reserve, NSW.
2014 Chippendale New World ArtPrize - Chippendale, Sydney
2013 - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Celebrates 30 years 1983-2013, Goulburn
2012 Quiet Connections - Orange Regional Gallery.
2011 KIAF/11 - Seoul, Korea
2011 Blending Boundaries - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2011 Veolia Environmental Services National Art Award - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2011 Art Month Sydney - Becker Minty Woman, Potts Point, Sydney
2010 Sculpture at Sawmillers - Sawmillers Reserve, McMahons Point
2010
 $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting for 2010 - Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, and
touring to Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra.
2010 RBS Emerging Artist Award, RBS Tower, Sydney, NSW - Finalist
2010 Contemporary Art From The City Fringe - CarriageArtworks
2010 Weereewa Sculpture Prize 2010 - Weereewa A Festival of Lake George 2010
2010 Sculptured Recyclables - Caroline Chisholm Courtyard, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2009-10
 $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting for 2009 - Lismore Regional Gallery, and touring to
Chifley Tower, Sydney
2009 Sculpture By the Sea - Bondi, Sydney
2009 Wandering The Wollondilly - Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2009 SLOT 5 Years 50 windows - Alexandria
2008
 $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting for 2008- Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, and touring to
Wentworth Gallery, Sydney
2008 Peripheral Vision - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2007 Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo
2007-08
 $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting for 2007- Dubbo Regional Gallery, and touring to
Artspace Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2006-07
 $35,000 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting for 2006 - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, and touring to
Artspace Woolloomooloo and Griffith Regional Art Gallery
2006 ABN AMRO 2006 Emerging Artist Award - ABN AMRO Tower, Sydney
2006 Australian High Commission, Singapore
2005 Fisher's Ghost Art Award - Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
2005 Brisbane Art Fair - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
2005 Art Singapore - Suntec City, Singapore
2005 ABN AMRO 2005 Emerging Artist Award, ABN AMRO Tower, Sydney - Finalist
2005 Conrad Jupiter's Art prize - Finalist - Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2004 Conrad Jupiter's Art prize - Finalist
- Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2004 Conversion - art in public sites in Goulburn
- Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2003 Conrad Jupiter's Art prize - Finalist - Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2003 Roy De Mestre: Catalyst - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2002 Environmenta 2002 - Bowral NSW
2002 Bridging the Divide - Maitland City Art Gallery
2002 NSW TAFE Art & Design prize Exhibition - Touring exhibition NSW
2001 Woollahra Sculpture Prize - Finalist
2001 NSW TAFE Art & Design Prize Exhibition - Downing Centre, Sydney
2001 Environmenta 2001 - Moss Vale NSW
2001 Waterways - Maitland City Art Gallery (Hunter Region Collaborative Exhibition)
2001 Re-F-Use Exhibition - The Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle
2001 Centenary of Federation
- Maitland City Art Gallery
2000 Through the Looking Glass - Maitland City Art Gallery
2000 Waste as Art Exhibition - The Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle
PUBLIC MONUMENT
2004 Goulburn: Design concept for monument to commemorate the First Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
WORK RELATED EXPERIENCE
2009 - Guest Presenter for the 20th International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists
2005 - 2008 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery: variety of art workshops for young people
PRIZES AND AWARDS:
2019 Australian Street Art Awards
- Finalist - Best Monument or Memorial - Great Southern Line Anzac Story
2011 Veolia Environmental Services National Art Award - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2010 Weereewa Sculpture Prize 2010
2009 Windmill Trust Scholarship
2008 Jennifer Lamb Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship
2006 The Logos Award - ANU
2003 Wattle Time Drawing Prize - Cootamundra Soroptimist International Art Exhibition
2002 Goulburn Art Award - Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
2001 Winner: 3D Visual & Fine Arts - NSW TAFE Art & Design
2000 Maitland Tertiary Student Art Award - Highly Commended
1999 Newcastle Art Fringe Exhibition (Annual Art Prize for Emerging Artists) -Commended
COLLECTIONS:
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Artbank Australia
Bill Ferris Art Collection
Les Fallick Art Collection
National and International Private Collections