Simon Chan is the director and founder of Art Atrium. A practising architect and a passionate art collector for over 30 years, Simon’s long-standing interest in art led to the establishment of Art Atrium, an art gallery exhibiting contemporary Australian and Indigenous art in 2009.
Simon is the Chair of the VisAsia Committee at Art Gallery of NSW supporting and promoting Asian art and culture and a Council member of the Power Institute, Foundation for Art and Visual Culture at The University of Sydney. Simon is a Director and former Chair on the Board of the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation fundraising for various Aboriginal communities throughout Australia with a focus on art and culture. He is also a Director on the Foundation Board of the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Simon is active as a Board member of Multicultural NSW Advisory Board including his role as Chair of the Sydney South Regional Advisory Committee and he was appointed as a Board member of the NSW Government Geographical Names Board. Simon is also involved as a Committee Member of the NSW Government Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Committee, a Director on the Board of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) supporting and promoting Asian Australians in performing arts and also a member of the Institute of Australia and China Arts and Culture Management Advisory Committee at Western Sydney University. He was a former Director on the Board of Parramasala, the annual Multicultural arts and culture festival supported by both Multicultural NSW and City of Parramatta and a former member of the Sydney Water Customer Council.
Simon has been involved in a broad range of community organisations including his role as President of Chinese Australian Forum (CAF), a not for profit, non-partisan Chinese Australian community organisation engaging Chinese Australians in Australian social, political, economic and environmental issues. He is also the Immediate Past President of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, a not for profit organisation acting as a conduit to facilitate a dialogue between the Chinese community and all levels of Government and also as a custodian to protect and enhance the historical and cultural significance of Chinatown for future generations. He is also a Committee member of the Woollahra Council Cultural Committee and as a Community Ambassador at Art Gallery of NSW.
Simon was the recipient of the inaugural NSW Premier’s Multicultural Award for Arts & Culture in 2013.