PP&VA appoints new visual arts director – The Western Weekender

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Toby Chapman. Photo: Lyndal Irons.

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA) has announced the appointment of Toby Chapman as Director of Visual Arts.

Mr. Chapman will be responsible for visual arts programming across PP&VA and for delivering all aspects of the arts program at the Penrith Regional Gallery, home of the Lewers Legacy.

M. is an arts leader and curator who has worked with cultural organizations in Western Sydney for the past 15 years.

As a curator, he specializes in socially engaged practice and deep collaboration with artists and audiences. He has organized projects for the Sydney Festival, the 9th Shanghai Biennale; the 13th Jakarta Biennial; and Adelaide Festival. Toby 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.

“The Penrith Regional Gallery is an institution of international significance and reputation, and I am delighted to be appointed its next director,” he said.

“It’s 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 the west of Sydney.

“Furthermore, the Gallery has an exceptional reputation for providing engaging and dynamic experiences for audiences of all ages, and I look forward to helping grow the sector in the region.

“I am delighted to work closely with the community, staff and board to ensure that Penrith Regional Gallery, home of the Lewers legacy, continues to thrive. My vision for the Gallery is for us to be valued locally and nationally, ensuring a commitment to serving our communities while providing a platform to share our unique collection.

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