About / CV
19 September 2011


Janelle Low was the first in her family to be born outside of Asia. Utilising photography as her primary medium, Janelle’s practice explores the internal and external conflicts that arise from growing up in multicultural Australia and navigating its shifting and evolving cultural landscape. Her work looks into the sense of displacement and ‘otherness’ felt between both her heritage and cultural upbringing, questioning notions of identity and acceptance.

In 2013 Janelle became the second female, and youngest winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize presented by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Janelle was selected as a finalist in the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for 2017, and was recently invited to collaborate with MECCA on their The Many Faces of Mecca campaign launched in the Bourke Street MYER windows. In 2018 Janelle also curated her first show VISIBLE at The Artists Guild in Melbourne & exhibited at Bundoora Homestead with the group show The Family Mantle curated by Pia Johnson. Janelle has exhibited nationally and internationally with her work held in public and private collections.

Janelle began lecturing sessionally at RMIT in 2011 after graduating from RMIT’s Diploma of Photoimaging. Since then she’s taught across various programs within RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, School of Art, School of Architecture and Design, as well as RMIT’s International College and Equity and Diversity unit. In 2014 Janelle received an Early Career Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award Commendation for Teaching Excellence, and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at RMIT alongside her teaching position.


Born Perth, WA
Lives and works in Melbourne, VIC

Selected Exhibitions

2019 – Fem-Affinity (group show), Arts Project Australia, VIC
2018 – The Family Mantle (group show), Bundoora Homestead, VIC
2018 – The Many Faces of Mecca (campaign), Bourke Street MYER windows, VIC
2018 – VISIBLE (curator), The Artists Guild, VIC
2018 – Disobedient Daughters (group show), Metro Arts, NSW
2018 – Degrees of Separation (group show), c3 Gallery, VIC
2017 – Women for Women: Making Space (salon show), The Artists Guild, VIC
2017 – Chinese Whispers & Other Stories (group show), Photo Access, ACT & Blindside Gallery, VIC
2016 – Landmarks (group show), Counihan Gallery, VIC
2016 – Bakehouse Art Project (paste-up), Bakehouse Studios, VIC
2015 – Head On Portrait Prize at Photoville Festival, NYC
2014 – Blonde-Haired Blue-Eyed Nothing (solo show), dianne tanzer gallery + projects, VIC
2014 – Astray (group show), Chasm Gallery, Bushwick, NYC
2014 – Semblance (group show), THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, VIC
2012 & 2014 – Moreland Summer Show, Counihan Gallery, VIC

Awards & Residencies

2017 – Finalist, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, VIC
2017 – Finalist, Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award, Counihan Gallery, VIC
2015 – Finalist, LensCulture Portrait Prize
2015 – Finalist, Head On Festival Portrait Prize, Museum of Sydney, NSW
2013/2014 – Graduate in Residence, presented by RMITs Diploma of Photoimaging, VIC
2013 – Winner, National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, ACT
2013 – Finalist, Head On Festival Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW

Teaching Positions

2011 to present – sessional lecturer across various programs and departments for RMIT University, VIC

Talks & Public Programs

2018 – artist talk, The Family Mantle, Bundoora Homestead, VIC
2018 – panellist, Emerging to Established, Monash Gallery of Art, VIC
2017 – artist talk, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, VIC
2017 – artist talk, Chinese Whispers and Other Stories, Blindside Gallery, VIC
2016 – workshop, Artists Workshop for Kids, Counihan Gallery, VIC
2016 – artist talk, Landmarks, Counihan Gallery, VIC
2013 – judge, 1233 Portrait Prize for ABC Newcastle, NSW
2013 – portrait workshop, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
2013 – artist talk, Diploma of Photoimaging Graduate in Residence, RMIT University, VIC


2016 – Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), RMIT University (on-going)
2010 – Diploma of Photoimaging, RMIT University