CEO and Director, Sydney Contemporary

Barry Keldoulis holds over three decades-worth of professional experience in the contemporary art world. His career launched 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. Keldoulis then entered the commercial sector as a Senior Manager, Collections Development for the renowned Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

Recognising a gap in the local market, in 2003 Keldoulis opened his own gallery to create a platform for young artists to exhibit their work between showing at artist-run spaces and major commercial galleries. As a testament to his success, works by artists from his stable are represented in all the country’s state galleries and within the National Gallery of Australia. Many now exhibit in museums and private galleries around the world.

In 2013 Keldoulis was appointed the CEO and Director of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair where he continues to work. He is also the Chairman of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Speaker’s event

Business or Pleasure: The Commerce of Creativity in the Australian Art Scene

Come Deeper - Del Kathryn Barton
City and Surrounds
30 May, 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm