Rachel Kent

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Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Rachel Kent, CEO of Bundanon Trust & former Chief Curator at the MCA Australia.

About the Speaker:

Rachel Kent started as the new CEO of Bundanon Trust in September 2021. An art historian and cultural leader, she was formerly the Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia for 11 years. She has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United States, and Canada, working with artists such as Yoko Ono, Annette Messager, Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Tatsuo Miyajima, David Goldblatt, Cornelia Parker, Doug Aitken and Do Ho Suh. Rachel has extensive public speaking experience, with a focus on creativity and the visual arts, environmental themes, gender and visibility; and advocates for creative culture on national and international platforms.

Rachel’s exhibitions have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; MCA San Diego; Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. She sits on editorial, academic and government advisory panels, and speaks and publishes widely on modern and contemporary art. Rachel is the editor and author of multiple award-winning artist monographs, working with Prestel, Phaidon and Thames & Hudson. She is an international juror for art awards in Asia and Europe, including Artes Mundi 9 in Cardiff, Wales (2019-21) and the Queen Sonja International Print Award, Oslo, Norway (2021-22).

Rachel has extensive public speaking and engagement experience, interviewing Yoko Ono (2013) and Grayson Perry (2015) at the Sydney Opera House; delivering artist talks for Frieze London, and chairing panels for the St James Ethics Centre, Amnesty International and Sydney Policy Institute. She speaks on a range of topics encompassing creativity and the visual arts, environmental themes, and human rights. In February 2020 she delivered a TEDx talk on Art & Interconnection in difficult times. She is passionate about creativity in all its forms, including live art, performance, and music, as well as architecture and design.

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