ISABELLE TOLAND + AMELIA SAGE HOLLIDAY
Principals, Aileen Sage Architects
Aileen Sage is the alter ego of Isabelle Aileen Toland and Amelia Sage Holliday. It is a pseudonym for their partnership that includes practice, research and education. Having worked together since 2008, they established Aileen Sage Architects in 2013 as a collaborative design platform. They see architecture as a collective process combining the efforts of many to produce thoughtful and considered projects. Most recently, Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet produced the project The Pool as creative directors for the Australian Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Aileen Sage is interested in how meaningful engagement can be encouraged between architecture and people of varied generations, backgrounds and cultures.
Senior designer, ASPECT Studios
Senior Designer for design practice ASPECT Studios. The award-winning landscape and urban design studio specialises in designing places where people want to be, including recently completed projects The Goods Line, One Central Park and UTS Alumni Green. Bianca has been involved in designing various types of built environments in London, Shanghai and Sydney and at ASPECT Studios is project lead on some of the studio’s most significant city-making projects. With a background in architecture, Bianca's interest in the public domain and places of community, cultural and environmental significance drew her to landscape architecture. She remains committed to a cross-disciplinary approach in her day-to-day practice and academia.
BARBARA FLYNN, AARNA FITZGERALD HANLEY & KATRINA DUNN-JONES
Barbara is a leading curator for art in the public domain, acting as curator and project manager for art in architecture and infrastructure projects of the City of Sydney, the State of New South Wales and the Australian property development sector. She identifies artists, matching their art to sites, and once a project is underway, manages the process to ensure the realization of works of quality and significance. Projects current include Sydney City Centre as curator to City of Sydney; Quay Quarter Sydney with AMP Capital; and Central Park with Frasers Property. As Curatorial Advisor to Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Lendlease Barbara was responsible for identifying and selecting artists to implement art in the public domain at Barangaroo South. As curator to Mirvac for Jenny Holzer’s seminal project I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) at 8 Chifley Square Barbara identified Holzer for the project and oversaw the implementation of the work which plays on a four-sided 19-meter high transverse beam and comprises 65 running hours of text devoted to the writings of Aboriginal Australians. Barbara’s early jobs were in museums in Germany (1975-77) and she was owner of galleries in New York (1980-94) and an executive with Gagosian Gallery, New York (1994-98), before relocating to Sydney in 1996.
Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley is a curator who specialises in site-specific projects. She has been working in the arts both in Australia and internationally for the past seven years, including stints at the Guggenheim, the Biennale of Sydney and Kaldor Public Art Projects. For the past two years she has worked with Barbara Flynn as a curatorial assistant in Flynn’s international-based practice, helping realise works by Australian and international artists in Sydney’s public domain.
Katrina is a curator and writer specialising in contemporary art in the urban environment. For the past two years she has worked with Barbara Flynn as a curatorial assistant, helping to realise a number of large scale art-in-architecture projects, including participating in the important final inspection of Jenny Holzer’s work I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) at 8 Chifley Square, Sydney. Katrina holds a degree in art history and theory from the College of Fine Arts (now UNSW Art & Design) and her writing has appeared in Artwrite and Runway: Australian Experimental Art.
Barbara, Katrina and Aarna will talk about what the idea of change means to them in the projects they work on.