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Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Appoints New Director, Visual Arts

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Toby Chapman as its new Director, Visual Arts, responsible for visual arts programming across PP&VA and delivering all aspects of the artistic program at Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest.

Toby Chapman is an arts leader and curator who has worked with cultural organisations across Western Sydney for the past 15 years. As a curator, Toby specialises in socially-engaged practice and deep collaboration with artists and audiences alike. He has curated projects as part of Sydney Festival, the 9th Shanghai Biennale; the 13th Jakarta Biennale; and Adelaide Festival. Toby has held senior programming positions at Campbelltown City Council; ACE Open, Adelaide; and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. He has presented public talks for art institutions and organisations including Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Architecture Festival and the Australian Centre on China in the World.

‘Penrith Regional Gallery is an institution of international importance and standing, and I am thrilled to be appointed its next Director. It is a much-loved community space, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to build upon the legacy of Gerald and Margo Lewers and support the creation of art that tells the unique stories of Western Sydney,’ said Chapman.

‘Moreover, the Gallery has an outstanding reputation for providing engaging and dynamic experiences for audiences of all ages, and I look forward to contributing to the growth of the sector within the region. I am excited to work closely with the community, staff and board to ensure that Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest continues to flourish. My vision for the Gallery is for us to be locally valued and nationally valuable, ensuring a commitment to serving our communities whilst providing a platform to share our unique collection.’

Toby lives on unceded Gundungurra Country and is a Penrith Panthers supporter.

Photo by Lyndal Irons