Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Introducing Tony Bond, Hon. Curator of the Gardens of Stone - In Focus - Photography Exhibition

Anthony Bond OAM is a freelance writer and curator. Until recently he was Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of NSW where he was responsible for collecting and displaying International contemporary art since 1984. He has curated many important contemporary and historical exhibitions including:

  • The British Show (toured Australia and New Zealand, 1985)
  • Boundary Rider: The 9th Biennale of Sydney (1992)
  • Trace: The inaugural Liverpool Biennale of international contemporary art (United Kingdom, 1999)
  • Body (1997)
  • Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary (National Portrait Gallery London and AGNSW Sydney, 2005-6)
  • Anselm Kiefer Aperiatur terra (White Cube London and AGNSW, 2006-2007)
  • Francis Bacon: five decades (AGNSW, 2012)
  • The Ghost Who Talks (an exhibition of Mike Parr’s recent performance videos, Venice Biennale, 2015)

Mr Bond publishes in journals and catalogues here and overseas. His next book The Idea of Art will be officially launched at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in August this year.

“I was delighted to be asked to help curate the exhibition arising out of the Gardens of Stone In Focus photo competition.  I had already participated in the walks organised to generate the photographs for competition. I walked to Cathedral Cave and took photos of the tree ferns down the creek from the cave. It is one of the many magical places in the Gardens of Stone region.

“I have also been horrified to see developments proposed over some of the most beautiful and productive land in Australia, such as the Bylong Valley and the Liverpool Plains. I believe in the work of the Colong Foundation and other like-minded groups of concerned citizens. I hope that by helping curate the entries selected by the judges I can assist in some small way to bring the Gardens of Stone wonderland and the threats it faces to a wider public.

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