Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor art projects

Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor art projects

10 September 2019

A panel of collaborators and experts joined Lord Mayor Clover Moore to reflect on John Kaldor’s 50 years of contribution to Australian art and the value public art brings to our cities.

The panel included:

  • John Kaldor AO – a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art. He has shared his love of art with the Australian public through his series of art projects and collaborations with Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jeff Koon, Gilbert & George and Marina Abramovic among others.

  • Acclaimed UK artist Michael Landy – creator of the exhibition Marketing Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects at the Art Gallery of NSW, which is running until February 2020.

  • Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones – creator of Kaldor Public Art Project 32: barrangal dyara (skin and bones) in 2016. Stretching across 20,000 square metres of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the project connected with Aboriginal communities from across southeast Australia, who collaborated with Jones to re-frame history.

  • City architect and design director Bridget Smyth – responsible for the City of Sydney’s public art program and strategies, and the design of Sydney’s public domain.


Moderator: Virginia Trioli: journalist, author, radio and television presenter

Clover Moore. Lord Mayor of Sydney
John Kaldor. director, Kaldor Public Art Projects, key speaker and panellist
Panel discussion facilitated by Virginia Trioli
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Introduction: Virginia Trioli MP3 3.5 MB Download
Welcome to Country: Uncle Chicka Madden MP3 3.0 MB Download
Welcome: Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP3 8.4 MB Download
Key speaker and panellist: John Kaldor. director, Kaldor Public Art Projects MP3 22.6 MB Download
Panel discussion MP3 26.2 MB Download

Last updated: Thursday, 10 October 2019