Arts in the Valley is extremely pleased to announce that Sophie O’Brien, the new Curator and
Director of Education, Bundanon Art Museum and Trust, has accepted our invitation to be a
Sophie O’Brien is an internationally experienced and recognised art curator, director and writer.
Before Bundanon, she previously held senior curatorial roles at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,
New Zealand, Curator for Contemporary and British Art at the Tate Britain in London, then
Senior Exhibitions Curator for Serpentine Galleries London, where she oversaw the opening of
the second Serpentine space and curated the inaugural exhibition for the building, Adrián Villar
Rojas: Today We Reboot The Planet. She has curated exhibitions and visual arts programs for
Artspace Sydney and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, where she delivered numerous
exhibitions and publications and curated the visual arts program for the Perth Festival 1999-
2001. She has also worked for the Australia Council.
Sophie works on projects that are part installation, part improvisation, part theatre, part
performance art, including many large-scale commissions with internationally-noted artists and
architects. She lead the exhibition teams for the Australian Pavilions at the Venice Biennale
and Biennale of Sydney.
At Bundanon, she oversees their $43 million art collection, delivers an exciting roster of
contemporary and international exhibitions and directs their Artist-in-Residency program of
artists, thinkers, researchers and writers. She sees Bundanon as a gift of having space and
time to think new thoughts, have new experiences and be transformed.
We are absolutely delighted and honoured to welcome Sophie O’Brien to our senior team and
judge for the $22,000 in prizes at Visual Arts in the Valley 2022.