Toby Chapman

Toby Chapman is a curator and arts manager currently based in Sydney. Toby received a BA (Art History & Theory and Film Studies (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2009. He has worked at a number of institutions in western Sydney including Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre where he was a Curatorial Assistant for the exhibition Nam Bang! (2008) which examined the ongoing impacts of the Vietnam War. Since then Toby has held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art as Assistant Curator for C3West (2010-2013), a socially engaged project that sees artists collaborating with businesses and communities in western Sydney. During his time in the position Toby delivered projects including Angelica Mesiti: The Begin Again (2012) and Lara Thoms: Ultimate Visions – Monuments To Us (2013). In 2011 Toby joined 4A as Assistant Curator, Edge of Elsewhere. Since then, he has worked on a range of curatorial projects at 4A including Roslisham Ismail AKA ISE’s Jalan Jalan Makan Angin (2012); The Floating Eye: The Sydney Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); and With or Without You, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia. Beginning in 2013 Toby worked as Assistant Curator full time and has since curated projects including Vertical Villages: an artistic collaboration with ruangrupa ArtLab & Keg de Souza, 4A and the 15th Jakarta Bienanle (2013); Haze: Tully Arnot, Sarah Contos, Jensen Tjhung (2014); MASS GROUP INCIDENT (2015) (co-curated with Pedro de Almeida and Aaron Seeto); and James Nguyen: Exit Strategies (2015). He was the inaugural recipient of the NAVA Emerging Curators Grant (2010); participated in the 4A Emerging Curators Intensive (2012) and was a recipient of the MGNSW Curatorial Mentorship (2013).

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ANOTHER (MOSSY) GARDEN: Toby Chapman in conversation with Ben Terakes

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