Penrith Performing and Visual Arts (PP&VA) have appointed Toby Chapman as their new Director of Visual Arts.
Mr. Chapman will be responsible for visual arts programming across PP&VA and will deliver all aspects of the arts program at the Penrith Regional Gallery, home of the Lewers bequest.
Toby Chapman is an arts leader and curator who has worked with cultural organizations in Western Sydney for the past 15 years.
As a curator, Mr. Chapman specializes in socially engaged practice and in-depth collaboration with artists and audiences. He has organized projects for the Sydney Festival, the 9th Shanghai Biennial; the 13th Jakarta Biennial; and Adelaide Festival.
Mr. Chapman has held senior programming positions on the Campbelltown City Council; ACE Open, Adelaide; and 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art. He has presented public lectures for arts institutions and organizations including the Sydney Writers Festival, the Sydney Architecture Festival and the Australian Center on China in the World.
“Penrith Regional Gallery is an institution of international significance and reputation, and I am delighted to be appointed its next director. It is a much-loved community space, and I look forward to the opportunity to build on the legacy of Gerald and Margo Lewers and support the creation of art that tells the unique stories of Western Sydney,” said Mr Chapman.
“Additionally, the gallery has an outstanding reputation for delivering engaging and dynamic experiences to audiences of all ages, and I look forward to helping grow the industry in the region. I am delighted to be working closely with the community, staff and board.to ensure that the Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest continues to thrive.My vision for the gallery is that we are valued locally and nationally, ensuring a commitment to serve our communities while providing a platform to share our unique collection.
Mr Chapman lives in the unceded country of Gundungurra and is a supporter of the Penrith Panthers.