New curator announced
The Committee for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale is delighted to announce the appointment of Lara Nicholls as the new Curator for the 2018 Event.
Lara Nicholls comes to the Lorne Sculpture Biennale with an enviable background in the Australian arts community. She graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Arts (double Major in Art History), a Postgraduate Diploma of Art History and finally a Master of Arts, (First Class Hons.)
She has worked at Sotheby’s as Australian Paintings Specialist and later at Deutscher and Hackett as Senior Art Specialist and Head of Corporate Collections and in 2008 Lara curated and travelled an exhibition of indigenous art to Zurich. She has held numerous consulting positions including as co-author of the catalogue for the Athenaeum Club’s art collection.
Lara will combine her position as Curator for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale with her current role as Assistant Curator, Australian Paintings and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia. The Committee for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale are indebted to the NGA for allowing Lara to take up this exciting new role in concert with her current responsibilities in Canberra.
Lara Nicholls was born and grew up in Lorne where her parents and extended family were the founders of the famous and much loved Arab café. Her family connections still live in Lorne and she and her three children spend most of their holidays there.
Announcing the new appointment, LSB Committee President Peter Lamell said, “Lara’s combination of exceptional curatorial experience, sophisticated arts knowledge, commercial experience and her deep personal connection to Lorne, make her an outstanding appointment for this role, Lara has a vision to further develop Lorne as the epicentre of the Creative Coast, and will use her experience and connections to bring this vision to life. “
The Lorne Sculpture Biennale is a festival celebrating the best of Australian and international sculpture set on the stunning Lorne foreshore. Now in its 9th year the community backed, professionally run event featured over 100 works and attracted 70,000 visitors in 2016.