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Unwrapping 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects

Making art public

Join us for three nights celebrating the exhibition Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects that explore creativity and the power of art in a series of talks. The series features artist Michael Landy in conversation with exhibition curator Nicholas Chambers; a panel discussion with Australian artists Mike Parr, Imants Tillers and Ken Unsworth; and concludes with a Living archives story swap hosted by Chris Taylor from The Chaser.

Wednesdays 11, 18 & 25 September 2019, 6.30-7pm


No bookings required

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court

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Michael Landy in conversation with Nicholas Chambers

To mark the opening of Making Art Public, acclaimed British artist Michael Landy appears in conversation with curator Nicholas Chambers, as they uncover the complex and painstaking process of re-presenting 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects for this landmark exhibition.

Michael Landy is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of artists who achieved critical fame for their shock tactics and use of everyday materials in the 1990s. Landy is known especially for his performance and installation Break Down 2001, in which he systematically destroyed all his personal possessions. His work examines what we value and what we discard, consumerism and waste, and human labour and its worth.

Image: Michael Landy in production for Kaldor Public Art Project 35: Making Art Public, Art Gallery of NSW, 2019-2020.


Wednesday 11 September 2019 6:30pm – 7pm

Mike Parr, Imants Tillers and Ken Unsworth

Three heavyweights of Australian art, Mike Parr, Imants Tillers and Ken Unsworth, discuss the exhibition An Australian Accent, Project 8 of Kaldor Public Art Projects, which was shown at P.S.1 in New York and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington in 1984 to great response. They reflect on their experiences, and debate the significance for Australian artists of showing in major US galleries.

Image: Audience at Art Gallery NSW Art After Hours


Wednesday 18 September 2019 6:30pm – 7pm

Living archives story swap

From artists to mountain climbers – meet the people who shaped 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Artists, students, engineers, gardeners, art lovers and mountain climbers… Over half a century, countless people have been involved in bringing Kaldor Public Art Projects to life. Join host Chris Taylor, The Chaser, as he hands over the mic to the Living archives, and introduces the people who made the Kaldor Public Art projects possible.

Each Living archives participant has a couple of minutes to share their unique story before passing the baton to the next in line, in this fast-paced relay-style event.

Discover untold stories from the Kaldor Public Art Projects Living archives, catch a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of the world’s first public art organisation, and hear from the people who experienced our projects firsthand.

Image: Kaldor Public Art Project 4: Miralda, Coloured feast, John Kaldor Fabricmaker showrooms, Sydney, 1973.


Wednesday 25 September 2019 6:30pm – 7pm