Our Story

Inspiring the public with international art projects since 1969.

Pioneering new models of creative learning through art education.

Transforming the cultural landscape of Australia for fifty years. 

Always free to the public.

For 50 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.

In 1969, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast at Sydney’s Little Bay was the first large-scale public art project presented anywhere in the world and the first time an international contemporary artist had created a major new work in Australia. Inspired by the success of this project, Kaldor Public Art Projects became a pioneering organisation, dedicated to taking art outside museum walls and transforming public spaces with innovative contemporary projects.

Over the years our projects have changed the way the Australian public sees and experiences the art of today. In the 1970s works by artists such as Gilbert & George, Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Long challenged local perceptions and built new audiences for contemporary art. More recent projects including works by artists such as Ugo Rondinone, Gregor Schneider, Bill Viola, Urs Fischer, Michael Landy, Thomas Demand, Roman Ondák, Tino Sehgal, and John Baldessari have created an indelible impact. Many projects—including Jeff Koons’ Puppy, Marina Abramović: In Residence, and our exhibition 13 Rooms—continue to have international resonance and reach. In 2016 Jonathan Jones' barrangal dyara (skin and bones) was our first ever project with an Aboriginal Australian artist and one of our most ambitious projects to date, transcending disciplines to become a major cultural festival. Read about our full history of projects.

Kaldor Public Art Projects first added education to its mission in 2005, creating unique and innovative new resources for primary and secondary schools across the country. Since 2011, the organisation has also embarked on an extensive public and education program to accompany each art project, addressing all ages and diverse groups, from students and the arts community to disadvantaged and disabled communities. Explore our current events.

Having originated as the vision of philanthropist John Kaldor in the 1960s, over the years Kaldor Public Art Projects has developed into a small but established arts organisation. Today we are governed by a board of independent directors, guided by an international curatorial advisory committee, and managed by a core team of staff operating from our offices on the campus of Sydney College of the Arts. Since 2004, Kaldor Public Art Projects has been listed on the ACNC Register, recognising our status as a charitable organisation. Our work is now supported by all three levels of government, as well as a group of corporate, philanthropic and private supporters. Find out how you can become involved.