We're very pleased to announce Barry Keldoulis as our newest candidate for the Arts Party at the coming 2016 Federal Election!
Barry has had more than three decades experience in the world of contemporary art. Barry started his career in New York where he worked as the Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Honorable Henry Geldzahler, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, and the first Curator of 20th Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After 15 years in America and Europe, Barry returned to Australia where he worked at Djamu, a branch of the Australian Museum, dedicated to exhibiting their Indigenous collections alongside contemporary Indigenous art. Barry then entered the commercial world as a Senior Manager, Collections Development for Sherman Galleries.
In 2003, he opened his own gallery to fill a gap in opportunity for young artists to exhibit between artist-run spaces and the major commercial galleries. Artists from his stable are represented in all the state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, and now exhibit in museums and private galleries around the world. In 2013 Barry was appointed the CEO and Director of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair. Barry is also the Chairman of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).
When asked why he’s standing, Barry had this to say:
“For decades I have been passionate about expanding the audience for the contemporary arts and growing the engagement of Australians, contributing to our distinct culture for future generations to enjoy. This perfectly aligns with the purpose and principles of the Arts Party. It’s time for change!”