Kaldor Public Art Projects is an Australian arts organisation established in 1969 by John Kaldor AO. The organisation collaborates with groundbreaking international artists to create innovative, site-specific projects in public spaces. By bringing art to spaces outside of galleries and museums, Kaldor Public Art Projects has changed the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with inspiring projects that bring together art, creativity and education.
The organisation’s first project, in 1969 was Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast, which at the time was the largest single artwork ever made. By 2014, the organisation had brought 29 art projects to Australia, utilizing a variety of public spaces including Cockatoo Island, Old Melbourne Gaol, and Sydney Park Brickworks. Kaldor Public Art Projects has worked with international artists including Gilbert & George, Michael Landy, Jeff Koons, Bill Viola, Thomas Demand, John Baldessari and Tino Sehgal among others.
Kaldor Public Art Projects has been listed on the register of charitable organisations since 2004, and also contributes to the development of Australia’s cultural life through innovative education programs for primary, secondary and tertiary schools, as well as programs for the public.
For over 40 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has presented major public artworks by acclaimed international artists in sites across Australia free-of-charge. The first project, Christo & Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast at little Bay in 1969, 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 the first organisation of its kind internationally. Over the years we have created 27 projects with artists in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.