Our Story

Inspiring the public with international art projects since 1969.

Pioneering new models of creative learning through art education.

Transforming the cultural landscape of Australia for over forty-five years.

Always free to the public.

For over 45 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.

In 1969, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast at Sydney’s Little Bay was the first large-scale public art project presented anywhere in the world and the first time an international contemporary artist had created a major new work in Australia. Inspired by the success of this project, Kaldor Public Art Projects became a pioneering organisation, dedicated to taking art outside museum walls and transforming public spaces with innovative contemporary projects.

Over the years, our projects have changed the way the Australian public sees and experiences the art of today. We have worked with some of the world’s most esteemed international artists, iconic figures of our time. In the 1970s, works by artists such as Gilbert & George, Charlotte Moorman & Nam June Paik, Sol LeWitt and Richard Long, challenged local perceptions and built new audiences for contemporary art. More recent projects, including works by artists such as Ugo Rondinone, Gregor Schneider, Bill Viola, Urs Fisher, Michael Landy, Thomas Demand, Roman Ondák, Tino Sehgal and Marina Abramović, have created an indelible impact. Many projects—including Jeff Koons’s Puppy, John Baldessari’s Your Name in Lights, or our exhibition 13 Rooms—continue to have an international resonance and reach. Read about our full history of projects.

In addition to these art events, Kaldor Public Art Projects added Education to our mission in 2005, creating unique and innovative new resources for primary and secondary schools across the country. Since 2011, the organisation has embarked on a comprehensive public and education program to accompany each art project, engaging diverse audiences such as arts professionals and community leaders, regional youth, artists with disability, and students at all levels of learning. Our free public talks, symposia, youth engagement evenings, hands-on workshops and children’s activities have become destinations in themselves. Explore our current events.

Having originated as the vision of philanthropist John Kaldor in the 1960s, over the years Kaldor Public Art Projects has developed into a small but established arts organisation. Today we are governed by A Board of independent directors, guided by an international curatorial advisory committee, and a managed by a core team of staff operating from our offices on the campus of Sydney College of the Arts. Since 2004, Kaldor Public Art Projects has been listed on the register of charitable organisations, recognising our not-for-profit status and our work is now supported by all three levels of government, as well as a group of corporate, philanthropic and private supporters. Find out how you can become involved.