Art Gallery of NSW and The Making Art Public Exhibition

Making Art Public

Even if you aren’t an art aficionado the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Art Gallery of NSW) is definitely worth a visit.

This amazing gallery is set across three levels and houses Classic, Contemporary, Asian and Aboriginal Art. The AGNSM houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions, and with more than 1 million visitors a year it is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Currently the gallery is home to an exhibition titled ‘Making Art Public’.

Making Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects


This very life like clown is part of the Ugo Rondione ‘box’

The Making Art Public Exhibition is a tribute to John Kaldor and the 34 amazing art projects he has brought to life in Australia.

John Kaldor is a collector, patron and supporter of contemporary art.

He was in fact the first person, some 50 years ago, to support the biggest single art work in the world. This art work was called Wrapped Coast, and it was actually a wrapped coast! John worked with international artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to literally wrap two and a half kilometres of Little Bay (in Sydney’s South) with white cloth. The art project received international attention and was the start of John Kaldor’s career producing and supporting public art projects.

Wrapped Coast Making Art Public

It is fascinating to see a scale model of the Wrapped Coast art project

The Making Art Public Exhibition was developed by Michael Landy to recreate each of John’s art projects.

Each of the art projects has it own giant sized archival box. Used within the boxes are a multitude of mediums including film, photography, props and even items such as newspapers, scripts, statues and decorations.

Each art project has its own archival box which visitors can explore

The concept for each of the giant boxes were developed by Landy in conjunction with the original artists. Many of the items within the boxes are original items used in the creation of the art projects. Visitors are free to enter the boxes in order to gain a new understanding of the process of creating the art project and the project itself.

I really loved wandering through all the boxes. All so different, so interesting and quite a few a bit controversial!

Coloured Feast

Coloured Bread was an 8.5m installation in the entrance court of the Art Gallery of NSW


I Want to Leave a Nice Well Done Child Here was the first major Australian exhibition on conceptual art


Puppy was originally a 12.4m high dog covered in 60,000 flowers

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness encourages visitors to leave kind messages and words of hope

More Great Things to Do at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

  • Free Tours: Free tours run each day. There are tours for each collection plus also Collection Highlight tours
  • Permanent Galleries: Permanent Exhibitions within the gallery include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Asian, Contemporary Australian and European
  • Temporary Exhibitions: Temporary Exhibitions include both free and paid 
  • Free events: The Gallery is host to a great range of events for both adults and kids
  • Cafe and Restaurant: Enjoy a flash meal or a cafe splurge at the Chiswick Restaurant or Cafe
  • Gift Shop: Browse the Gift Shop for some arty gifts and homewares

All the Details

Title: Making Art Public, 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects
Cost: Free entry
Address: Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000

Check out our blog for more free events and things to do in Sydney. Make sure to also check out all of Sydney’s Free Museums.including the Museum of Contemporary Art.


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