Learning / Kaldor Studio
The next step in our series of pioneering engagement and education programs, Kaldor Studio invites three Australian artists and their collaborators to explore new creative learning experiences for audiences of all ages.
Creative learning for all ages and abilities
Kaldor Studio is a dynamic artist-led learning space, located at the heart of the Making Art Public exhibition. Devised in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Learning and Participation team, and drawing on our collective commitment to artist-led programming, Kaldor Studio offers audiences of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and engage with artists through creative participatory experience.
Over the five months of the exhibition, Kaldor Studio will be adapted and transformed by three exciting Australian artists and their diverse collaborators – David Capra & Teena, Lucas Ihlein and the Rizzeria Collective, and Nadia Odlum. Each artist will share their working processes and ideas, bringing the history of Kaldor Public Art Projects to life through a range of drop-in activities and creative workshops.
An exciting next step in our artist-led learning and engagement programs, Kaldor Studio is designed to allow new insights into the creative process, encourage active participation, and foster curiosity, creativity and experimentation.
We are proud to have Gandel Philanthropy as the Major Education Partner for the exhibition.
Kaldor Studio artists are generously supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
David Capra & Teena
Puppy Love, 2019
David Capra and his charismatic dachshund, Teena, proudly present Puppy Love (2019), taking over the Kaldor Studio with their special brand of wonder and whimsy. This delightful new participatory artwork, specially commissioned for Kaldor Public Art Projects’ 50th anniversary, has been inspired by the perennial favourite Project 10: Jeff Koons’ Puppy (1995).
Open each day from 7 September to 3 November, Puppy Love welcomes audiences to join David & Teena as they learn more about the original Puppy, and the creation of the work as a monumental symbol of love and happiness.
Visitors can create their own floral messages of love and happiness, and help Teena convince Jeff Koons that she would make the ideal model for his next major artwork.
During our regular ‘Meet the Artists’ sessions, David & Teena will be in the Studio space to guide visitors through a creative writing activity, and to make their own playful contributions to the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive.
DAVID CAPRA & TEENA
David Capra and his dachshund Teena have a long-standing history of creating socially engaged projects with learning and collaboration at the heart.
Teena is quite the publicity hound. In 2016 she appeared on the 9 Network’s Today Show to promote her own fragrance, Eau de Wet Dogge. In 2015, Teena’s Bathtime was launched at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s Jackson Bella Room, where visitors related to Teena’s experiences around anxiety – Teena doesn’t quite enjoy bathtime. In 2018, David and Teena performed “The long and short of it: Life lessons from art-dog Teena” to an audience of 5000 people at TEDx Sydney, and answered the question “What makes a dachshund the perfect muse?” in an article for The Guardian newspaper. Most recently, David and Teena collaborated with Kaldor Public Art Projects, producing a series of Teena Takes on… educational videos unpacking the Kaldor Public Art Projects archives.
Lucas Ihlein and the Rizzeria
Lucas Ihlein is an Australian artist whose work explores the relationship between socially engaged art, agriculture and environmental stewardship. He is a founding member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace, Big Fag Press, Teaching and Learning Cinema (TLC) and Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA), and The Rizzeria printing collective.
The Rizzeria is a printing co-operative managed by artists, illustrators and self-publishers. In various forms, since 2009, the collective has owned and operated a Risograph printer and made it available for public use through workshops and open print sessions. Our aim is to challenge and develop the aesthetic possibilities of stencil press printing and make it available as a creative resource. Riso printing is a combination of the processes of screen printing and photocopying, using rich soy inks and translucent stencils to create vibrant and uniquely tactile prints. It is best suited for small-to-medium print runs, and is often used for zines, posters and limited edition artists’ prints. Riso printing is affordable and has little impact on our environment. The Rizzeria studio is currently located at the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.
Nadia Odlum (b. 1991) is a Western Sydney based artist whose work explores the perceptual experience of navigation within urban and architectural environments. She has presented work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the New York Transit Museum, Murray Art Museum in Albury, Artspace Ideas Platform, Firstdraft and Penrith Regional Gallery. In 2015 she was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in the AGNSW’s Moya Dyring Memorial Studio. In 2018 she completed an Education Fellowship and artist residency at The Wassaic Project in New York. Nadia is a current artist in residence at Parramatta Artists Studios.