As part of the 24th Project, Acts of Kindness, by Michael Landy, Kaldor Public Art Projects presents a free panel discussion, Happiness and the City, extending the conversation on the meaning and importance of kindness in the contemporary, urban world. Celebrated British artist Michael Landy is joined by three lively panellists to discuss the meeting points of compassion, altruism and art in the public realm. Tanveer Ahmed (psychiatrist and columnist), Lisa Havilah (Director, Carriageworks) and David Marr (author and political commentator) consider issues raised by the Acts of Kindness project, including the impact of everyday interactions on our sense of happiness and belonging; compassion between strangers in an urban, national and international context and how public artworks can activate and energise a city. The discussion is moderated by Gillian Minervini (Creative Director/Producer, Events, City of Sydney).
Michael Landy
‘s provocative works consider contemporary values, from economic worth to the importance of human relationships. He will introduce his major public art works Break Down (2001), Art Bin (2010) and Acts of Kindness in London and Sydney. Gillian Minervini has been the Creative Director/Producer - Events for the City of Sydney, the largest producer of free public events in Australia, for the last ten years. She is responsible for the creative direction and implementation of the City’s major event program including Art & About Sydney and the Chinese New Year Festival, which is now the largest celebration of the lunar New Year outside of Asia. Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, author and opinion columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald with a special interest in the cultural aspects of mental health and human behaviour. His memoir 'The Exotic Rissole' is released in late September. Lisa Havilah has recently been appointed Director of Carriageworks, Sydney. As Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre (2005-2010) she pioneered a multidisciplinary contemporary arts program, focussing on the intersection between contemporary art and community engagement. She has developed and managed a range of national and international exchanges, exhibitions and residency programs including Journeys with Schizophrenia (2006) and Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12), a three-year project produced for Sydney Festival that commissions artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new work in partnership with suburban communities. David Marr writes on arts, politics and law for the Sydney Morning Herald. He has presented Media Watch and appears occasionally on the ABC’s Q&A and The Insiders. He has written on the lives of Patrick White and Garfield Barwick and his next book, Panic, a study of the politics of fear, will appear in November.   Kaldor Public Art Projects' Education Programs are proudly supported by the CAL Cultural Fund.