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.

Kaldor Studio

Creative learning for all ages and abilities

Saturday 7 September 2019 - Sunday 16 February 2020
Art Gallery of NSW, Lower Level 2

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

Saturday 7 September 2019 - Sunday 3 November 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 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.

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.

Lucas Ihlein and the Rizzeria


Saturday 9 November - Sunday 15 December 2019

From 9 November to 15 December, Lucas Ihlein and the Rizzeria Collective take over the Kaldor Studio at the Art Gallery of NSW with EXTRA!EXTRA! – a weekly newspaper which responds critically and playfully to Making Art Public.

Each week, editor-in-chief Lucas Ihlein and special correspondent Ian Milliss will be joined by special guest writers and artists, who will work with the Rizzeria team to print the newspaper in situ.

Visitors to the Kaldor Studio are invited to write letters to the editor – and a selection of letters will be featured in the following week’s edition of EXTRA!EXTRA!

Throughout the run of EXTRA!EXTRA! in the Kaldor Studio, you can also participate in a range of fun workshops and have a go at making a risographic print yourself!

The views expressed in the pages of EXTRA! EXTRA! are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official policies of the editors, Kaldor Public Art Projects or the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

We welcome responses to our articles, which can be submitted by writing posting a physical Letter to the Editor in the gallery space, or online at extra-extra.press

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.

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.

Nadia Odlum

All possible combinations, 2019

Saturday 21 December 2019 - Sunday 16 February 2020

Visit the Kaldor Studio over the summer holidays to explore space, movement and perspective with artist Nadia Odlum.

This new interactive installation expands upon the systems-based approach of Sol LeWitt. With a set number of colours available, audiences are encouraged to explore all the possible combinations they can envision, through tessellating blocks and experimental book-making activities. Unlike the works of Sol LeWitt, which explored systems with a set number of combinations, the possibilities in this installation are endless, limited only by the creativity of the audience.

Nadia Odlum is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Western Sydney. She creates immersive works that explore an intimate relationship with spatiality and urban architecture. Inspired by the abstract patterns and forms of the built environment, her work acts as a medium to reflect on how the body experiences space.

Nadia Odlum 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 Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Moya Dyring Memorial Studio. She was an artist in residence at Parramatta Artists’ Studios in 2016 and 2019.

Nadia is also a passionate educator. She has created and delivered workshops for the New York Transit Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Art Gallery of NSW, Parramatta Artists’ Studios and Kaldor Public Art Projects. In 2018 she completed an education fellowship and artist residency at The Wassaic Project in New York. Here she led a program called ‘Art Scouts’, in which she collaborated with performers and choreographers to deliver a lesson series that explored movement and navigation in urban space.

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.