Best Public Art Of 2019: Meet The Contributing Curators

Introducing the curators contributing to this year’s Best Public Art of 2019 webinar. Presented by UAP’s Principal | Senior Curator Natasha Smith and Curator Ineke Dane and delivered in partnership with Artsy, we are thrilled to have collaborated with some of the world’s leading curators to shortlist their critiqued public art projects realised throughout the year.

Contributing Curators

Nicholas Baume

Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund

Nicholas Baume joined Public Art Fund as Director and Chief Curator in 2009. Originally from Australia, his curatorial career began with Kaldor Public Art Projects and later the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Previously he was Contemporary Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, and Chief Curator at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Over the past decade, Nicholas has led Public Art Fund through a period of significant growth and impact, confirming the organisation’s place as the leader in its field in America. With a strong commitment to making urban space a platform for artists and accessible to the public free of charge, he has curated numerous exhibitions with significant international creatives at different stages of their careers.


Julia Friedman

Senior Curatorial Manager, Madison Square Park Conservancy

Julia Friedman is Senior Curatorial Manager at Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York. Most recently she worked on Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Previously she worked on major exhibitions with artists including Diana Al-Hadid, Teresita Fernández and Martin Puryear, among others.  Julia is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic and other publications. She received her B.A. in European History from Barnard College, Columbia University and her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.

Natalie King

Curator, Editor

Natalie King is an Australian curator, editor and arts leader with more than two decades experience in international contemporary art realising projects in India, Indonesia, Japan, Dhaka, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Italy, Thailand and Vietnam. She is an Enterprise Professorial Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Currently, she is working towards curation of an exhibition at the Tokyo Museum of Photography as part of the 2020 Tokyo Cultural Olympiad. Natalie was recently appointed curator of the 2021Aotearoa New Zealand pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale with artist Yuki Kihara, and in 2017 she curated Tracey Moffatt for the Australian pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale.

Venus Lau

Artistic Director, K11 Art Foundation

Venus Lau, Artistic Director of K11 Art Foundation, oversees all artistic vision for programming, providing insights on creative content-building and the realisation of projects. She is also in charge of all art-related assignments in K11 China. Prior to joining K11Venus was the Artistic Director of OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, and Consulting Curator at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing.

Nick Mitzevich

Director, National Gallery of Australia

Nick is currently the Director of the National Gallery of Australia and previously was the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (2011 – 2018) and Director of The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2007 –  2010). His strategic direction resulted in major innovative change for UQ Art Museum, enhancing the museum’s national profile, providing significant increase in visitor numbers, and facilitating growth of the art collection particularly in the area of Indigenous art and the development of philanthropic support.

Join us on the 5th of December as we look back on outstanding public art projects of the year 2019. Register here.