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CityTalks: Making Art Public - 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art

Explore the extraordinary work of John Kaldor at this CityTalks event

Produced by the City of Sydney

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This CityTalks event explores the extraordinary work of John Kaldor. For 50 years, Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with works that resonate around the world.

It all started in 1969, with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast at Sydney’s Little Bay. It was the first large-scale public art project of its kind in the world, as well as the first time an international contemporary artist had created a major new work in Australia.

Inspired by this success, Kaldor Public Art Projects became a pioneer in taking art outside museum walls and transforming public spaces.

The City of Sydney has collaborated with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the last 10 years, investing more than $900,000 in temporary projects that have captured Sydney’s imagination.

‘What remains in the collective memory is what matters’ – John Kaldor

A renowned panel of collaborators and experts will join us to reflect on John Kaldor’s 50 years of contribution to Australian art and the role public art plays in our cities:

  • John Kaldor AO a dedicated collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art
  • acclaimed UK artist Michael Landy
  • Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones
  • City of Sydney architect/design director Bridget Smyth.

Kaldor Public Art Project 1: Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, 28 October – 14 December 1969 © Christo
Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All Rights Reserved.



Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm

Doors open 5.30pm


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