'Your Very Good Idea' Final Five!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kaldor Public Art Projects is proud to announce the finalists of
VERY GOOD IDEA, our premiere open call project for Australian artists.

The final five proposals feature ground-breaking concepts from some of Australia's most exciting artists. Chosen by our International Selection Panel from hundreds of bold and dynamic applications, the proposals feature a range of mediums, including: installation, sculpture, video and performance.

The team is now working through the final stages of the assessment process, and we're looking forward to sharing the successful 'Very Good Idea' with you very shortly! Keep an eye out for the exciting announcement in mid September.


Alicia Frankovich is a performance, video and sculptural artist whose work approaches the body through ideas of social conditioning, economics, physical labour, and modes of consumption. Frankovich works with trained and untrained performers, placing bodies into situations where they engage in social rituals and play. Her work highlights how forms of power can be found in specific spaces, such as the museum and public sphere. Frankovich's recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany and Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland.


Artist duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro reclaim and transform the residue of consumer society, re-imagining the forms and systems that surround us. Combining a playful sense of humour, an engagement with art historical precedents and a concern for scale, form and movement, their work presents a deconstruction and reinvention of accumulated objects into extraordinary sculptures and installations. Healy and Cordeiro were awarded Australia Council residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Tokyo Japan. They have also had solo shows at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; La bf15, Lyon; Corcoran Gallery, Washington and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, works across a range of mediums from printmaking and drawing to sculpture and film. Well known for his site-specific installations and interventions into space, using light, shadows and the repetition of shapes to explore Indigenous traditions, relationships and ideas, Jones’ work serves to honour both contexts and histories. Jones has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Centre, Italy. 


Janet Laurence’s practice extends to painting, sculpture, installation, photography, architectural and landscape intervention. Laurence is deeply concerned with the human impact on the natural world, investigating themes of preservation, alchemy and the transformation of elements from one state to another. She explores what it might mean to heal the natural environment, fusing this sense of communal loss with a search for connection with powerful life forces. Laurence exhibits nationally and internationally and has been a recipient of both a Rockefeller and Churchill Fellowship and the Alumni Award for Arts, UNSW.


Mel O’Callaghan’s videos and installations are based around the concept of struggle and labour. Using performers to play out ritualistic situations and complete the structure of the artwork, their actions are usually game-like, unclear and absurd. The stage-like environments are liminal in nature, specifying a group from everyday life. O’Callaghan’s work has been shown at numerous institutions, including the Australian Centre for Contemproary Art, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The National Museum of Taiwan, Taipei and Museu Nogueira de Silva, Braga, Portugal.