Jan Lauwers’ art work has an independent existence, but receives support from Needcompany whenever his visual and theatrical worlds coincide.
At the request of the curator Luk Lambrecht, Jan Lauwers took part in the Grimbergen 2002 exhibition together with 8 other artists (including Thomas Schütte, Lili Dujourie, Job Koelewijn, Atelier Van Lieshout, Jan De Cock and Ann Veronica Janssens).
In spring 2006 his work was included in the DARK exhibition at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.
In 2007 Jan Lauwers had his first solo exhibition RESTLESSNESS at BOZAR (Brussels), curated by Jérôme Sans (former director of Palais de Tokyo, now at the UCCA). To accompany this exhibition he also compiled the first book to focus on his art work from 1996 to 2006. At the Artbrussels art fair (2007), Lauwers was invited to make a site-specific work for BOZAR.
Luk Lambrecht has invited Jan Lauwers to take part in Down to Earth, a group exhibition of ceramics at Strombeek cultural centre, which includes work by Ann Veronica Janssens, Heimo Zobernig, Atelier Van Lieshout, Lawrence Weiner, Kurt Ryslavy and Manfred Pernice.
In May 2009 Jérôme Sans invited Jan Lauwers to exhibit at Galerie Bleich-Rossi at Curated by_vienna 09. Curated by brought 18 Viennese contemporary art galleries together with international curators.