C.V. (brief)


2016: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D, Art, Design and Media) – The University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Australia.

2011: Master of Philosophy (M.Phil, Music Composition) – The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

1989: Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Music & Fine Arts) – The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Completed Theses

2016: Scheherazade’s Sea – autism, parallel embodiment and elemental empathy. Ph.D dissertation, University of New South Wales, Art & Design.

2011: Scheherazade’s Sea – a mixed media, multisensory installation and performance. M.Phil thesis, The University of Hong Kong. A multimodal approach to creativity.

1989: Kandinsky, Klee and Music – explorations into musical concepts. Undergraduate thesis, The University of Hong Kong. Musical influences in art.


2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research, UNSW Art & Design.

2012-2015 UIPA

2013-2015 COFA Top-Up Scholarship

2012 International Award for Excellence, The Arts in Society.

Papers & Publications

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow. Review. Artlink Magazine, Australia. 19 September 2017.

Reflections on the neurodiverse city. Feature. Artlink Magazine, Australia. 01 September 2017.

Scheherazade’s Sea – autistic parallel embodiment and elemental empathy. Conference paper presented at the UNSW Art & Design Postgraduate Research Conference, 17-18 June 2015.

Reciprocating Self and Other – lessons from autism. Conference paper presented at the Inter-Disciplinary.Net, “Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners,” 5-7 September 2013, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. | First Published in Experiencing Otherness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Ed. Bashir, Hassan & Roye, Susmita. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, U.K. 2015

Art in a Hidden World – creative process and invisible anomaly. The Arts in Society Conference 2012, Arts and Design Academy, Liverpool, UK; The International Journal of Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 7, and The International Journal of Art History and Theory (in publication), Common Ground Publishing. 2012 International Award for Excellence.

Thinking Through the Body – a multimodal perspective from autism. The InternationalConference on Research Creativity: Praxis 2012, Baptist University of Hong Kong.

Scheherazade’s Sea – mixed media, multisensory installation and performance through the eyes of Asperger’s Syndrome. Postgraduate Musicological Symposium 2010, jointly organised by University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Baptist University of Hong Kong, presented at the University of Hong Kong.

Tune In – Primary Music (Books 4,5,6). Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd. in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Singapore, 2003-2004.

Exhibitions & Performances

Snoösphere 2017 – autism/neurodiversity consultant & associate artist. UNSW Galleries, Sept-Nov 2017.

Neurodiverse-city @ The BIG Anxiety Festival 2017 – 2 installations: Clement Space in the City and An Olfactory Map of Sydney. Customs House, Sydney, Sept-Nov 2017.

Sonata in Z – solo exhibition, UNSW Art & Design, 10-14 November 2015.

Participation in David Capra’s “Teena’s Bathtime 2015“, Bella Room Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Little Sweets 小甜心 – solo exhibition, UNSW Art & Design, 10-14 November 2014.

Four Thirty Three – group exhibition, “IN MOTION” by Airspace Projects, 22 November 2014.

Doodle Dreams – group exhibition, “The Democracy of Drawing,” curated by AirSpace Projects, part of Art Month Sydney March 2014.

Confronting the Senses – group exhibition, “Desiring Machines,” curated by Critical Animals, at This is Not Art 2013, The Lock Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle, Australia. 4-6 October 2013.

Scheherazade’s Sea – songs from silence 2013 – performance at the World Stage Design 2013, Cardiff, U.K. 13 September 2013.

Haptic HugShrug (revised 2013)group exhibit, VIVID SYDNEY 2013 – Haptic InterFace, Hong Kong House, Druitt Street, Sydney, 27 May-6 June 2013.

Roaring Whispers 2013 – a multisensory installation and conceptual space, COFA Space gallery, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 7-10 May 2013.

Haptic Autistry. Installation – a multimodal, interactive study of haptic sensory idiosyncrasy.  Haptic InterFace 2012, Hong Kong Baptist University, Koo Ming Kown Gallery, Hong Kong, 21 November – 16 December 2012.

Haptic HugShrug. Prototype – a study of deep pressure stimulation. Haptic InterFace 2012. Hong Kong Baptist University, Koo Ming Kown Gallery, Hong Kong, 21 November – 16 December 2012.

Scheherazade’s Sea. Mixed media, multi-sensory installation and performance. University of Hong Kong, Department of Music, Hung Hing Ying Building, Hong Kong, 9 April 2010.

He(A)r(e)not (2009). For violin solo, voice and video. University Artists Scheme: New Violin Dimensions – A Multimedia Concert with Yao Jue, University of Hong Kong, Loke Yew Hall, Hong Kong, 15 April 2009.

Love – Our Story in Song. Chief producer, music director and performer – charity concert in aid of The Dover Park Hospice. The Esplanade, Singapore, 29-30 August 2005.

What Women Want… Really. Episode 11: Designer Women, Channel News Asia, Singapore. Interviewed by TV journalist Diana Ser about design, craftsmanship and qualitative discernment in fashion choices. First telecast, 13 April 2005.

Love – A Celebration. Chief producer, music director and performer. A concert featuring my own musical works. The Esplanade, Singapore, 13 February 2004.

Media: Articles / Video / Television

“Space of Mind: an interview with Dawn-joy Leong.” RUNWAY Australian Experimental Art, by Chloe Watson. Issue #35.

“Making a space for different minds.” The Conversation, feature article by Katie Sutherland. 23 October 2017.

“Snoosphere: the art installation tackling mental illness.” ABC Australia, Lateline. 20 September 2017.

“On the Red Dot” Episode 16 – Autism. Television feature programme, Channel 5, Mediacorp, Singapore. 21 July 2017.

“I’m not bad, I’m not ill, I’m autistic.” CNA Insider article by Desmond Ng. Channel News Asia, Mediacorp, Singapore. 23 July 2017.

“Adults Find Out They’re Autistic.” Full page feature in Sunday Times, Singapore. 30 April 2017.

Being autistic in a non-autistic world.” Video by documentary film maker Martin Guinnesss. 30 March 2016

Doogle, Buddy, Lucy and Friends.” Video by documentary film maker Martin Guinness.                       6 April 2016

A Different Way of Thinking.” Interview. SBS feature about neurodiversity.  24 Dec 2015.


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