Future Curators

Project Summary

Future Curators is an exciting new online creative learning program, giving students across NSW the chance to connect with experienced curators and to activate the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive.

Over 9 weeks, independent curators Micheal Do, James Gatt and Talia Smith lead students on an in-depth exploration of the archive, uncovering new stories and themes from the organisation’s rich 51-year history, as they create their own collaborative online exhibitions.

The curators have each been commissioned to develop “mini” online exhibitions for a student audience, along with curatorial essays, drawing on Kaldor Public Art Projects’ digital archive to offer bold new interpretations, provocations and possibilities for the future.


Participating schools: Cabramatta High School; Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design; James Fallon High School; Macquarie Fields High School; Melville High School; Newtown High School of the Performing Arts; Riverside Girls High School; Ryde Secondary College.

Future Curators
February – March 2021
Online creative learning program with curators Micheal Do,
James Gatt and Talia Smith




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MICHEAL DO: Jack in the boxBack to top

Micheal Do presents Jack in the Box: Notes on Kaldor Public Art Projects, Michael Landy and the Archive as a
catalogue of thoughts, connecting eleven objects selected from the Kaldor Public Art Project Archive to examine the nature of visual art and its connection to wider publics.

Borne from the curator’s own study into the agency and materiality of the archives themselves, the text-exhibition/exhibition-text exists as an extended blog post, interspersed with thoughts, questions and provocations that examine British artist Michael Landy’s role in transforming the Kaldor archive into a new artistic work, the exhibition Making Art Public,and the artist's ongoing relationship to John Kaldor and Kaldor Public Art Projects.


JAMES GATT: then and nowBack to top

In the online exhibition then and now, James Gatt surveys archival content from Kaldor Public Art Projects that document project ideas in their infancy, as preliminary correspondences and proposals. These archival documents are, in a way, memories of unrealised notions. Locating and presenting these documents independently of the histories from which they emerge offers the opportunity to revisit and reinterpret them — and to consider them as both historical and contemporary possibilities.



Reflecting on his research process, James Gatt deftly stitches together excerpts from key readings to form 'A patchwork of past ideas and future possibilities: From a personal archive on archives'. 




we carve our desires in the airBack to top

Talia Smith examines multiple definitions of space in her mini exhibition, We carve our desires in the air. Taking a cue from Gilbert & George’s ‘A Guide to Singing Sculpture’, We carve our desires in the air delves into the Kaldor Archive to investigate what space can mean to a longstanding organisation that works with both the physical and metaphorical readings of space, and asks whether the digital archive might offer up a further definition of space.




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Emily Sullivan introduces the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive, and what it means to bring the archive to new audiences online.

Micheal Do on curating across different contexts, and why he doesn’t like to fully define his role.

James Gatt on conversations with artists, and why curating is about being invisible.

Talia Smith on her intuitive process, and how she is inspired by strong women of colour in the international art world.

Videography and music: Ankit Mishra

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James Gatt

James Gatt (b.1988) is an independent curator and writer living and working on Gadigal land. He has worked closely with contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand on projects and exhibitions since 2015, taking a conceptual approach to identify potentials for alternative models that relate to and shape contemporary art. Gatt’s research focuses predominantly on conceptual art practices and histories, social and political implications and strategies for art, and art’s facility for generating ideas and potentialities.

Gatt’s writing appears in local publications including Running Dog and VAULT Magazine. He has also contributed numerous interviews and essays to exhibition catalogues, and participated in public talks with local artists online and in galleries across Sydney. From 2015 to 2017, Gatt was founding director of Squiggle Space, a hybrid studio and project space dedicated to open-ended enquiry and critical discussion. Prior to this, Gatt worked as an educator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He is currently Associate Director at Sarah Cottier Gallery where he has curated exhibitions including Sculpture Salon (2018), Contemporary Recalcitrants (2019), and most recently Dialogue 2: On Hessian (2020).

Photo: Ankit Mishra

Micheal Do

Micheal Do is a curator, programmer and writer working across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His curatorial focus lies in developing thematic and immersive exhibitions that extrapolate research and artistic practices into contemporary contexts. He is curator, contemporary art at the Sydney Opera House, Australia and curator of Projects at Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand.

His exhibition Soft Core, exploring soft and inflatable sculptures developed for Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, recently concluded its tour of twelve regional and rural galleries throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland from 2016 – 2019. Micheal has curated Not Niwe, Not Nieuw, Not Neu (2017) and The Invisible Hand (2019) for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and among other exhibitions curated 5X5: The Artist and The Patron (2018), for Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. He was the 2018 recipient of The Freedman Foundation’s Travelling Scholarship for Curators and the recipient Museums and Galleries NSW Artist and Curator Residency Grant in 2016. His writing appears in publications including 4A Papers; Art Collector Australia; Art Monthly, Australasia; Art Review Asia, Artist Profile Magazine, VAULT Magazine, and 10 Magazine, along with artists’ catalogues.

Photo: Ankit Mishra

Talia Smith

Talia Smith is an artist and curator from Aotearoa and now based in Sydney, Australia. She is of Cook Island, Samoan and NZ European heritage. Her curatorial practice predominantly engages with photographic and moving image practices, specifically those that challenge the western lineage of art history and looks to create platforms for diverse voices. She has curated exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand at institutions such as Artbank Sydney, Artspace Ideas Platform, Cement Fondu, The Lock-Up and Centre for Contemporary Photography. In 2021 she will curate an exhibition for the Ballarat Foto Biennale. Her writing has appeared in VAULT magazine, Art Almanac, Art New Zealand among others. She has completed residencies at Bundanon Trust and Basis Frankfurt and is completing her Masters of Fine Arts (Research) at UNSW. Talia currently works as the Gallery Curator at Granville Centre Art Gallery.

Photo: Ankit Mishra