Laura Jade is an Australian illumination artist and interaction designer whose work fuses the multidisciplinary fields of art, biology, illumination design, neuroscience, and BCI (brain-computer interface) technology to explore new ways of perceiving and interacting with our inner biological processes.

Laura has a multidisciplinary background, holding a Master’s in Illumination Design from the University of Technology Sydney, a degree in Fine Art, and further studies in biology, science communication, curation, and museum studies.

Laura is also the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind. In 2015 Laura completed her Master of Lighting Design alongside a research art residency at Culture At Work linking the multi-disciplinary fields of art, illumination design, neuroscience, and brain-computer interface technology through illuminated installations. She was subsequently invited to present a keynote demonstration of her project Brainlight at the ‘Hoy Es Diseno’ (Design of the Future) conference at ICESI University, Cali Colombia in 2015.

In 2016 Laura was artist in residence at NES studios in Iceland furthering her research in neuroscience and bio-rhythms and electromagnetic fields. During the same year, she was also an artist in residence at the Natural History Museum in Dubrovnik, Croatia, researching the Island of Lokrum and its connection to the preservation of nature through the “psycho-ecology” of curses. Her research resulted in an interactive exhibition at Lazareti Gallery in Dubrovnik. While in Europe, Laura was also invited to exhibit Brainlight at the new media art festival Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.

Laura exhibited at the 2017 Athens Digital Art Festival in Greece and was one of six internationally invited artists to create work for the 500-year anniversary of Bach and Martin Luther which resulted in a traveling exhibition shown in the crypt of the Berliner Dom, in Berlin, Germany and Eisenach Cathedral, Germany.

Laura has had her work presented at many Australian festivals including Vivid, BEAMS, Woodford Folk Festival, and Sydney Science Festival. She has exhibited at major institutions across Australia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum, the S.A Natural History Museum, and the National Archives in Canberra.

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2023 AI Tarot, Sideshow, Tortuga Studios, Sydney
2023 AI Tarot, Bondi Festival, Sydney
2022 AI Tarot, Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland
2022 Halos Of Air, The New Normal, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney
2021 Halos Of Air, Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney
2021 Pocket Cosmos, Curiocities Festival, Brisbane Botanical Gardens
2021 Kolossal Kaleidoscope, Tower 3, International Towers, Barangaroo, Sydney
2020 Micro-Botany of Iceland, INBOUND group show, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
2019 Brainlight 2.0, Light Night Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, UK
2019 Micro-Botany of Iceland, TWELVE exhibition, Art Est, Sydney
2018  Brainlight,  MG3 X ELLE event, Carriageworks, Sydney
2018 Brainlight collaborative performance with Sydney Art Quartet, The Yellow House, Sydney
2017 Brainlight, GOGBOT Festival, Enschede, Netherlands
2017 Baptism, celebrating the 500 Year Anniversary of Martin Luther, Berlin Cathedral Crypt & Einsenach Cathedral Crypt, Germany
2017  Brainlight, Athens Digital Art Festival, Greece
2017  ‘When we were kids...’ ’VIVID Festival, Sydney
2017 Micro-Botany Of Iceland, Miniature group show, Collab Gallery, Sydney
2017 Brainlight, Illuminate Festival, Wagga Wagga
2016 World of Wearable Art (WOW), Queens Wharf, wellington, New Zealand
2016 Interacting Art, Raumschiff, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
2016 The Mysterious Worlds of Underground Science, Lazareti, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2016 Vivid Festival, A Night Of Disruptive Ideas, Cell Block Theatre, NAS, Sydney
2015 Hoy Es Diseno (Design Today) Conference, ICESI University, Cali, Colombia
2015 Brainlight, Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2015 Brainlight, Kensington St Faire & Beams Festival, Sydney
2015 Brainlight, Powerhouse Museum, Maker Faire, Sydney
2015 Brainlight, Australian Museum, Sydney
2015 Brain Light Project Launch, Accelerator Gallery, Culture At Work
2015 Scientia |Art + Science Exhibition, Art Est. Gallery, Sydney
2015 Fractured Infinity Light Art Exhibition, Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney
2014 The Liminal Zone, collaborative installation, Vivid Festival, Sydney
2014 Luciferin, Chippendale New Word Art Prize, NG Gallery, Sydney
2014 What is Light? Infinity Room Installation, Brand X Gallery, Sydney
2014 White Parazoa III, National Archives of Australia, Waterhouse Art Prize traveling exhibition
2013 White Parazoa III, exhibition & residency, Accelerator Gallery, Sydney
2013 Waterhouse Natural Science Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide
2013 White Parazoa- series II, Hub Gallery, Sydney
2013 White Parazoa, series II, Graphis Fine Art Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney
2012 White Parazoa- Cabinets of Curios, National Archives of Australia, Canberra
2012 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, S.A Museum, Adelaide
2012 44th International Art Residency, Napoleon Museum, Hungary
2012 White Parazoa- Cabinets of Curios, Sculpture Plinth, Lane Cove Gallery, Sydney
2011 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Group Exhibition, Double Bay, Sydney
2011 Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award, Lane Cove Gallery, Sydney
2011 Portrayal, Solo Exhibition, Lane Cove Cultural Centre, Sydney
2011 Brain Art, Group Exhibition, Global Gallery, Sydney
2010 Shop Art, London Graphic Centre, Group Exhibition, Covent Garden, London
2008 Stapled to The Ceiling, Group Exhibition, Stoic Gallery, Sydney
2007 Graduation Show, National Art School, Sydney



2020 Artist in residence, Waverley artist studios, Sydney
2019 Guest Artist, Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France
2019 Artist in Residence, Woollahra artist studio program, Sydney
2016 Artist in residence, NES Studios, Skagastrond, Iceland
2016 Artist in residence, The Icelandic Textile Centre, Blönduós, Iceland
2016 Artist in residence at UR institute, Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Croatia
2015 Art + Science research residency at Culture At Work, Sydney
2012 Invited artist in residence for the 44th International Artist Residency and Symposium, Gyor, Hungary


2021 CBD Activation Grant recipient, City Of Sydney
2019 Carstairs Grant Recipient, National Association for the Visual Arts
2016 Finalist, World of Wearable Art Competition, Queens Wharf, wellington, New Zealand
2014 Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, SA Museum
2014 Finalist, Chippendale New World Art Prize, NG Gallery, Sydney
2013 Winner, Toulouse Lautrec portrait competition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2012 Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, S.A Museum, Adelaide, Awarded “Highly Commended” and chosen for Travelling Exhibition, National Archives of Australia, Canberra
2012 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist, Double Bay, Sydney
2011 Lloyd Rees Youth Art Award Finalist, Lane Cove Gallery, Sydney
2011 Patron Award, Brain Art Exhibition, Global Gallery, Sydney
2003-2004 Scholarship award, Life Drawing Short Course, National Art School,  Sydney
2003 Scholarship award, Drawing and Illustration Short Course, Whitehouse Institute of Fashion and Design, Sydney


Jade L., Gentle S. (2019) New Ways of Knowing Ourselves. BCI Facilitating Artistic Exploration of Our Biology. In: Nijholt A. (eds) Brain Art. Springer, Cham

PDF: New Ways of Knowing Ourselves. BCI Facilitating Artistic Exploration of Our Biology


2020 Coffee in The Studio, conversations between artists & scientists, National Science Week, Australia
2020 Podcast interview for Johnnys Journeys, FM4 Radio, Vienna, Austria
2020 Light, Art & The Brain, Guest lecture, Macquarie University, Biological Sciences Faculty
2019 The Teenage Brain, Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre, Werrington
2019 Light, Art & The Brain, Guest lecture, University of Technology, Sydney
2018 Light, Art & The Brain, Nerd Nite, Rag & Famish Hotel, Sydney
2018 Light, Art & The Brain, Vivid Festival, Sydney
2018 Artist interview, 2SER Community Radio Station, Sydney
2017 Postfuture, Artist Lecture, Athens Digital Art Festival, Greece
2016 Micro Botany of Iceland, Artist Talk, Colab Gallery, Sydney
2016 A Night Of Disruptive Ideas, Vivid Ideas, Cell block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney
2015 Presented a keynote presentation at Hoy Es Diseno (Design Today) Conference, ICESI University, Cali, Colombia
2015 Brainwave Dinner Lecture, Pyrmont Festival, Culture At Work, Sydney
2015 Backyard Bio-Tech Talk, Biofoundry, Sydney
2015  Brainlight presentation & demonstration, Sydney Science Festival, Australian Museum, Sydney
2015 Brainlight presentation, Sydney Maker Faire, MAAS Museum, Sydney





2014-2015 Masters of Illumination Design, University Of Technology, Sydney
2013-2014 Masters of Art Curation and Museum Studies, University of Sydney
2012-2013 Bachelor of Science (Biology) with a Bachelor of Arts (Science communication)
2005-2007 Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School, Sydney