Forty years on the Kaldor Public Art Projects look as fresh as ever. They broke new ground, not just in Australia, in giving emerging artists an opportunity that they could not resist. The commissions have often been spectacular and have frequently resulted in landmark work by the artist. We, the audience, and the next generation of artists, look forward to future Kaldor Public Art Projects with a justified sense of anticipation.For over 40 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, London
Project 1, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast, was an unprecedented initiative and the projects since have continued in this pioneering tradition, from Gilbert & George, Nam June Paik, Richard Long and Sol LeWitt in the 1970s, to Jeff Koons’s giant flower Puppy in the 90s. More recent projects have included major installations by celebrated contemporary artists from around the world such as Ugo Rondinone, Urs Fischer, Bill Viola, Gregor Schneider, Martin Boyce and Tatzu Nishi.
In 2010, Project 20 was created by Stephen Vitiello, transforming the historic Brickworks at Sydney Park with the sound, colour and texture of the Kimberley; we also collaborated with Melbourne Festival and ACMI to present Bill Viola’s immersive video installation Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension in Melbourne as Project 21; and Project 22, a new performance by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, was created in Brisbane. In 2011, we collaborated with Sydney Festival and the Australian Museum to realise Project 23, one of our most popular to date, John Baldessari’s extraordinary new work Your Name in Lights, giving around 100 000 participants their moment of fame. Following this, Project 24 with Michael Landy, Acts of Kindness, shared stories of kindness across Sydney with a 13-metre installation in the city centre and 200 sites.
Since 2004 Kaldor Public Art Projects has been listed on the register of charitable organisations, recognising our not-for-profit status, which has enabled us to expand our program of art projects each year. In addition to this series of art projects, we also contribute to the development of Australia’s cultural life through innovative education programs for primary, secondary and tertiary schools, as well as programs for the public.
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image above: The first Kaldor Public Art Project,