Exhibition Program / Making Art Public

34 ephemeral projects, creatively re-imagined and presented together for the first time, always free to the public.

Making Art Public

7 September 2019 – 16 February 2020

Art Gallery of NSW

Kaldor Public Art Projects’ rich 50-year collection of archives comes alive and takes over the galleries on Lower Level 2 in September 2019. 50 years of letters, artworks, images and objects will feature in Making Art Public, a major new exhibition created by British artist Michael Landy. A creative and compelling presentation of objects and archival material, Making Art Public will reimagine the projects and the sites they inhabited.

In collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW, Making Art Public will also present major new commissions and presentations, pilot the Kaldor Studio – our new creative learning space – and offer five months of vibrant, free, public talks and events.

50 Years, 34 Projects

Michael Landy RA

— Artist behind Making Art Public

Michael Landy was born in London, UK in 1963, where he lives and works.

Renowned for his irreverent attitude towards objects, Kaldor Public Art Projects bravely let Michael Landy loose in our archives over 18 months, the result is a playful and surprising presentation of our groundbreaking, 50-year history.

As our Project 24 artist in 2011, Michael Landy presented Acts of Kindness across Sydney’s CBD, exploring the meaning of kindness in today’s fast-paced world, focusing on the simple everyday gestures of compassion and generosity which often go unnoticed.

Selected solo and group shows include: Scaled-Down, Thomas Dane Gallery London UK, 2018; Open for Business at the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2018; DEMONSTRATION, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 2017-18; Breaking News, Sperone Westwater, New York, 2017; Breaking News – Athens, Neon/Diplarios School, Athens, Greece, 2017; Out of Order, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland, 2016; Saints Alive, National Gallery, London UK, 2013.

Selected public collections include: Tate Collection, London UK; the Arts Council England; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Royal Academy, London UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Landy was elected as a Royal Academician in May 2008.