Speakers & Bios

Clare Lilley Weiwei cropKeynote Address: Clare Lilley 

Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Clare Lilley has had lead responsibility for Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s (YSP) exhibitions and projects, the collection, public engagement and learning since 2010. Recent curated and published work includes Ai Weiwei, Amar Kanwar, Jaume Plensa, Yinka Shonibare MBE and James Turrell. External projects include co-curating William Turnbull at Chatsworth House (2013); curating Frieze Sculpture Park, London (2012–16); and Jaume Plensa in San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (2015).

Clare sits on the Advisory Committee of the Government Art Collection (UK), is a Board member of Site Gallery, Sheffield and the national art-access organisation, Art UK. She is a member of the Perrier Jouët Arts Salon, and the UK Women Leaders in Museums Network. She has presented papers at symposia including The China Museum, Beijing; the Province of Limburg at Z33, Belgium; the Kyiv Sculpture Project, Ukraine; Museo Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; the Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg; and the Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa.

Clare has nominated and judged art and architecture awards including the RIBA White Rose Awards, and is a juror for and contributor to the upcoming Thames & Hudson publication, 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park was awarded UK Museum of the Year in 2014.



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Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford

Artists, Sydney


Jennifer & Michaelie are public artists with 20 years collaborative experience creating kinetic installations engaging water, wind and light as sculptural media. They specialise in producing dynamic site-specific and site responsive kinetic artworks at the interface of art, science, nature and the built environment. Activated by nature’s elemental energies, their artworks are rhythmic, responsive and transformative ‘performances’ in the everyday life of the city. Many of the artworks form a functional part of environmental restoration projects.

Jennifer and Michaelie work collaboratively with scientists, engineers and specialist designers to realise their innovative and award winning sculptural projects. They have participated in multi-disciplinary urban design teams and embrace specialist curatorial and master planning projects as part of their studio practice. Turpin + Crawford work with architects, landscape architects urban designers, ecologists, hydrologists, developers, governments and councils. They have collaborated on creative urban projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Singapore and regional Australia.



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Zadok Ben-David

Artist, United Kingdom


Zadok Ben-David is a London based, award-winning Artist. He was born in Bayhan, Yemen and then immigrated to Israel in the same year. He graduated in advanced sculpture from St. Martin’s School of Art in London and taught at the same institution from 1977-1982. In 1988, Zadok represented Israel at the Venice Biennale. Zadoc’s great inspiration comes from nature, science and magic.

Zadock is the recipient of numerous awards including Grande Biennial Prémio at the XIV Biennale International de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal 2007 and the Tel Aviv Museum prize for sculpture 2005. In 2008, he was commissioned to make a sculpture for the Beijing Olympics.

Ben-David was invited to be the Guest of Honour at the Great Sculpture Salon, in Kiev in 2012, exhibiting his largest installation exhibition to date showing simultaneously Evolution and Theory, Blackfield and for the first time Black flowers. In 2012-2013 Ben-David had a one-man show of 17 monumental sculptures at Singapore Botanic Garden, organized by Sotheby’s.
In 2014 and 2015 he showed successfully 3 major installations in the New Kazakhstan National Museum in Astana and The Art Gallery of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

Ben-David has over the last few years been commissioned to create public artworks and exhibit very frequently in the Far East, mainly in China, South Korea and Singapore and the US. His works feature in the collections of important public institutions and private collections in Europe, East Asia, United States, Israel and Australia.



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Chris Booth

Artist, New Zealand


Chris Booth is a sculptor whose work reflects the land, earth forms, and indigenous peoples of the region(s) he has worked. With a profound interest in developing a creative language that involves communication and exchange between indigenous and colonial cultures, Chris also focuses on realising deeply meaningful environmental works.

While undertaking his initial education in New Zealand, Chris went on to study under various sculptors in Europe to include Dame Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell, and John Milne in St. Ives, Cornwall, UK and Quinto Ghermandi in Verona, Italy.

For over 40 years Chris has participated in land art projects in New Zealand and internationally in England, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the Canary Islands. With many significant public commissions in New Zealand and Australia, Chris also has an impressive body of international public works to include the prestigious land art work, ‘Echo van de Veluwe’, Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands (2003-05), ‘Transformation Plant’, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver (2012); and ‘Shelter Munnatawket’ Fishers Island, New York, USA (1995). Most recently Storm King Arts Centre, New York, USA hosted Chris and his family for a one month residency to expand opportunities for his environmental art.



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Director, SCAPE Public Art Trust, New Zealand


Deborah was involved in the establishment of SCAPE Public Art Trust which under her directorship has delivered eight SCAPE Public Art Christchurch Biennials over the past 18 years, including raising $11.2 million from public and private sector sponsors.

SCAPE 8 Public Art Christchurch Biennial included the first works by British sculptor Antony Gormley for New Zealand. Under her leadership SCAPE Public Art have also produced and commissioned more than 167 new temporary and permanent public artworks with a gifting program of eleven permanent artworks. As Project Director, Deborah oversaw the installation of New Zealand’s largest public sculpture, Fanfare, 2004/15 by Neil Dawson.

Deborah has more than eighteen years of consolidated experience of public art management, fundraising, strategy, policy and procedure and design development.



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David Handley AM

Founding Director, Sculpture by the Sea


David founded Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 1997 as a one day exhibition staffed by volunteers working from his lounge room.  Within three years the exhibition had grown to be the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. In 1998 David was commissioned to produce a series of five Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions around Australia for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival ‘A Sea Change’. David and his team went on to produce a number of major outdoor exhibitions, notably Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in Perth that has been held annually since 2005.

A substantial community benefit that has grown out of Sculpture by the Sea is the public sculpture collections of works acquired from the exhibitions. Prime locations that are now home to permanent sculptures include the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney; Campbelltown City Gallery; Orange Regional Gallery; The Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Town of Cottesloe.

In 2009 the first international edition of Sculpture by the Sea was staged in the City of Aarhus, Denmark under the patronage of TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.  The Denmark exhibition was also staged in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

David has served on a number of boards including as a Trustee of the Australian Museum (2002 – 2010) and the USA based International Sculpture Centre (2008 – 2011).



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Dr Nien Schwarz

Artist, Senior Lecturer, Humanities and the Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth


Dr Nien Schwarz was born in the Netherlands, raised in Canada, and completed graduate studies at the Australian National University. Nien is a writer, an artist, and Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University specialising in visual art with particular focus on environmental art, sculpture and art history. Her artworks probe relationships between physical and human geographies. Nien has a strong interest in Earth Sciences and since 1981 has worked in the field with geological mapping crews across the Canadian artic and WA. To better appreciate Western Australian geography and history, and her Dutch heritage, in 2015 Nien started volunteering with the Duyfken Foundation, which includes crewing on the Duyfken (a Dutch replica 16th century tall ship) and maintenance work. In 2006 she curated Floating, an exhibition featuring artworks by artists of Dutch descent living in Perth and her book chapter “Dutch Artists in Australia: Artiesten in Australie van Nederlandse oorsprong” was published in Peters, N. (ed), The Dutch Down Under.



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 Geoffrey Edwards

Formerly Senior Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria


Formerly Senior Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria, Geoffrey Edwards was Director of the Geelong Art Gallery from 1999 to 2016. He is advisor on sculpture to public and private collections and is widely published in the field. At both the NGV and Geelong he curated numerous retrospective and thematic exhibitions including of the work of Centre Five group pioneers Lenton Parr, Clifford Last and Inge King, and of prominent Melbourne-based sculptor Augustine Dall’Ava. He was responsible for major national and international surveys of contemporary sculpture presented under the auspices of the Australian Sculpture Triennial series. He is a member of the Curatorial Advisory Panel for Sculpture by the Sea.


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Dr Michael Hill

Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School


Michael lectures on modernist, contemporary and Australian art, as well as other specialist areas such as classical architecture, sculpture and 17th century painting. His research interests include sculpture, Baroque art, portraiture, and art historical methodology.

Michael has been associated with Sculpture by the Sea since 2009 as curator and artistic advisor for the Bondi and Cottesloe exhibitions.




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Carl Christian Aegidius

Denmark, Private Collector


Carl Christian Aegidius has been interested in collecting art his enitre adult life focusing on international contemporary paintings and sculpture. In particular, Carl Christian has been focused on collecting indoor and outdoor sculpture since 2003 and his collection includes works from leading international artists from countries such as USA, China, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark.



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Peter Poulet

NSW Government Architect


Peter Poulet is the 23rd NSW Government Architect. He has over 30 years’ experience in Australia and Japan in both private and government architectural offices.

As the Government Architect, Peter provides independent, impartial whole of government perspective and advice on the built environment and heritage to achieve optimal architectural, urban design and environmental outcomes. Peter’s projects have received numerous awards including the Horbury Hunt, the Blackett Award and an Australian Institute of Architects’ commendation for Public Building.

Peter is a member of the NSW Architect’s Registration Board, Central Sydney Planning Committee, NSW Heritage Council, Trustee of the ANZAC Memorial, Sydney Opera House Conservation Council, Government Architect’s Network Australia, UTS Design Architecture & Building Advisory Board and is a UNSW Adjunct Professor. Peter’s involvement in numerous boards and committees ensures good design plays a pivotal role in the making of our built environment.


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Artist, Curator and Writer


David Cross works across performance, installation and public art. His practice brings together performance art and object-based environments, focusing on relationships between pleasure, the grotesque, phobia and the possibility of intimacy. Cross has exhibited widely across New Zealand, Australia, France, Eastern Europe, Canada and the United Kingdom. As a curator he has developed a number of temporary public art projects including One Day Sculpture with Claire Doherty across New Zealand, 2008–09, Iteration:Again in Tasmania, 2011 and more recently Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant. He is Professor of Visual Arts at Deakin University.