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Since moving to Hong Kong, Sharyn Wortman has found herself in a deeper discourse about cultural identity and the effects of Colonialism. Her work has been included in recent group shows, at ACO - ‘Moot Point’, Pao Galleries - ‘Twenty/Twenty’ and the Goethe Institute for ‘The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize’. 

With a previous career in advertising, she believes that powerful creative work comes from a strong concept. “Everything I do has to be conceptually sound. The starting point is the idea, the medium follows.” This methodology informs her practice as a fine artist.

Sharyn Wortman was born in 1970 in Melbourne where she completed her BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Communication at Melbourne University. She moved to London where she was nominated in The Observer as one of The Future 500 Rising Stars in 2009. In 2010 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the V&A Museum ‘Inspired By’ competition for her entry "Hong Cong." Sharyn Wortman has recently completed a Fine Art Degree, at Hong Kong Art School in conjunction with RMIT Melbourne.

Selected Exhibitions

Twenty/Twenty - Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong 

Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong


MOOT Point, ACO Gallery, Hong Kong


Global Drawing Studio (curated by Greg Creek), RMIT University, Melbourne (2018), 

Beyond One Kilo Unit Gallery JCCAC Hong Kong (2018)

Museum for Lost Public Notices - George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University (2017) 

V&A Inspired By, Morley Gallery London (2016)



Mr Jerry Kwan Memorial Scholarship

Shortlisted for the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize

Hart Haus Social Studio Grant


RMIT University Vice Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence in 2019


Shortlisted for the V&A Museum ‘Inspired By’ competition, Morley Gallery, London (2016)

Awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts in London. (2010)

Named by The Observer as one of The Future 500 Rising Stars (2009)


Instagram: @sharynwortman