Your Very Good Idea

For the first time in our history Kaldor Public Art Projects asked Australian artists to tell us about their VERY GOOD IDEA, to be realised as our 45th Anniversary Project.

We asked artists to share their innovative, site-specific concepts which would manifest as a temporary art project in Sydney. We were searching for ideas which appear in unexpected spaces, or in landmark sites reimagined, ideas which would inspire the local public and our friends and followers both in Australia and around the world.

Over three months, we received hundreds of applications from all over Australia. We received applications from some of Australia's most inspiring established artists, as well as those just commencing their careers.

In September, 2014, we announced the winning artist, selected by a panel of highly regarded curators who work both in Australia and overseas. The panel included:
Jessica Morgan,
Daskalopoulos Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, London, and Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, New York; Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney; James Lingwood, Co-Director, Art Angel, London;
Nick Mitzevich
, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and
John Kaldor
, Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects.

We would like to congratulate Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones, winner of YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA.

Jones, a member of the a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, is best known for his site-specific installations and interventions that explore Indigenous traditions, relationships and ideas. For YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA, we will work with Jones to realise his large-scale, temporary art project titled barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a re-imagining of the historic Garden palace which stood in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, in the 19th century.

"This will be a breakthrough work for Jones, already one of the most interesting artists of his generation in Australia. The work has the potential to animate a part of our shared cultural history from a contemporary perspective that enables us to think about the legacy of this lost structure and the values and ideas it embodied." - Nicholas Baume

The Kaldor Public Art Projects team will be working with Jones to realise
barrangal dyara (skin and bones)
in 2016. Find our more about the project here.