Sydney Airport Public Art Program
Dr Sally Gray is a creative thinker whose self-crafted career has been independent and inventive. She is currently a writer, curator, artist, concept developer and creative producer with projects realised, nationally and internationally, under the umbrella of the arts consultancy she founded in May 1994.
Sally, Gray, Sydney, Artist, Curator
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Sydney Airport Public Art Program

Artwork at Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport Public Art Program

In 1999 Sally Gray was engaged as art consultant by Sydney Airports Corporation to direct the multi-million dollar, multi-faceted public art program for Sydney International Airport in advance of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Part of the refurbishment of the international terminal, the project involved the creation of eleven permanent and semi-permanent art projects, bringing together the creative talents of eight site curators and twenty-five Australian artists. Artists’ work encompassed site-specific sculpture and installation, large-scale photography, and specially commissioned video works.


The artists whose work was commissioned for the Airport include:


Brook Andrew
Judy Watson
Kerry and Lindsay Clare with Merrima Indigenous Design Unit, NSW Government Architects Office
Ron Smith
Robyn Backen
Fiona MacDonald
Judith Ahern
Emmanuel Angelicas
Narelle Autio
Brenda L. Croft
Destiny Deacon

Peter Elliston
Merilyn Fairskye
Leah King-Smith
Rosemary Laing
Melissa McCord
Tracey Moffatt
Trent Parke
Patricia Piccinini
Robyn Stacey
Anne Zahalka
Susan Norrie
Michael Riley




Tempe McGowan (2000) “Sydney international Airport Art Project: The Airport as Cyborg”, Object 4/2000 pp84-86
Susan Best (2000) “Public Art in the Olympic City”, Architecture Australia Sept/Oct 2000 pp 80-85
Geraldine O’Brien (2000) “Maps of the Heart Sweeten Departures”, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2000
Tempe McGowan (2000) “Heroism in the Public Domain” Artlink Vol 20 #4 pp37-42
Ali Gripper (2000) “Jumper First to Don the Green and Gold”, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 2000
Tempe McGowan (2000) “The Art of the Airport”, Monument 38 Oct/Nov 200 pp 104-107
Leo Schofield (2000) “Impressive Entry”, Sunday Telegraph, 9 June 2000
Jill Jones (2000) “Glamorous Amphibian”, Sydney Star Observer 19 June 2000
Susan Best (2000) “Sydney International Airport’s ‘Art at Work’ Program” Art and Australia, Vol 3 No 1 2001 pp428-433
Bruce James (2000) “Airport Art: What is It?” ABC Radio


Image Credits

Brook Andrew, Walama Forecourt, Sydney International Airport
Judy Watson, Walama Forecourt, Sydney International Airport
Ron Smith, Giant Green and Golden Bell Frog, Sydney International Airport
Kerry and Lindsay Clare with Merrima Indigenous Design Unit, NSW Government Architects Office, Wingara Bridge, Sydney International Airport


Related projects

Sydney International Airport

1999 - 2000 for Permanent Collection