Rainbow Chan

Rainbow Chan. Photo: Hyun Lee

Chun Yin Rainbow Chan is a producer, vocalist and interdisciplinary artist of Hong Kong-Chinese descent, living in Sydney. Her practice engages with mistranslation, diaspora and the effects of globalisation on modern Chinese society. She is currently researching women’s oral history, folk songs and language with a focus on her ancestral ties to Weitou people, the first settlers of Hong Kong.

Chan’s debut record Spacings (2016) nominated for FBi SMAC Record of the Year, and AIR Best Dance/Electronica Album. She was FBi's most played artist in 2016 and her single Let Me won the FBi SMAC Award for Best Song (2017.) Her independent sophomore album Pillar (2019) was feature album across community radio nationwide and is nominated for The Australian Music Prize, 2019.

Chan has performed in renowned local and international venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Vivid, MONA FOMA, Melbourne Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Tai Kwun (Hong Kong). She has exhibited with Firstdraft, Liquid Architecture, 4A and I-Project Space, Beijing. She was a resident of 4A Beijing Studio Program (2018), and is the 2020 resident artist of Performance Space x West Kowloon Exchange.

Committed to artistic diversity and audience engagement, Chan is a passionate mentor and has worked with MusicNSW, I.C.E Parramatta, Club Weld, Girls Rock! Canberra, Lost in Books Fairfield, and Bunga Barrabugu at Sydney Conservatorium where she teaches in Bachelor of Contemporary Music. She is also one half of techno duo, DIN, and releases experimental music under the moniker Chunyin.

Rainbow Chan, ‘Oblivion’, 2019, digital still, from the album ‘Oblivion’, courtesy the artist. Video: Anne Berry

Rainbow Chan, ‘A Kingdom of Flowers for My Mother’, 2018, installation view, Firstdraft, Sydney, courtesy the artist. Photo: Zan Wimberley

Rainbow Chan, ‘Gloss’, 2019, installation view, Project Space, Cement Fondu, Paddington, Sydney, courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim da Rin

Rainbow Chan, ‘Gloss’, 2019, installation view, Project Space, Cement Fondu, Paddington, Sydney, courtesy the artist. Photo: Tim da Rin