• Twins?...Professor Oscar Moze, of the Embassy of Italy and Senator George Brandis.....

    Twins?...Professor Oscar Moze, of the Embassy of Italy and Senator George Brandis.....

  • Virginia Haussegger

    Virginia Haussegger

  • Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis

    Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis

  • Simon Mordant

    Simon Mordant

  • Helen Musa

    Helen Musa

  • Simon Mordant

    Simon Mordant

  • Chris Latham

    Chris Latham

  • Sabra lane

    Sabra lane

  • Final instruction from Maurice Reilley

    Final instruction from Maurice Reilley

  • Siobhan Heanue and Philip Clark

    Siobhan Heanue and Philip Clark

  • Ronnie Di Stasio and Andrew Clark

    Ronnie Di Stasio and Andrew Clark

  • Genevieve Jacobs and Matt Trinca

    Genevieve Jacobs and Matt Trinca

  • David Fricker

    David Fricker

  • Robyn Archer

    Robyn Archer

  • Sabra Lane and Simon Mordant

    Sabra Lane and Simon Mordant

  • Carly Davey and Susan Cochrane

    Carly Davey and Susan Cochrane

  • Jo Dowse and Jen Eddy

    Jo Dowse and Jen Eddy

  • Alison Wright, Adam Worrall and Maryanne Voyazis

    Alison Wright, Adam Worrall and Maryanne Voyazis

  • Louise Maher and Jenny Blake

    Louise Maher and Jenny Blake

  • Simon Elliott and Fiona Hall

    Simon Elliott and Fiona Hall

  • Karina Harris, Susan Armitage and Jaklyn Babington

    Karina Harris, Susan Armitage and Jaklyn Babington

  • Simon Elliott, Liz McGrath and Angus Trimble

    Simon Elliott, Liz McGrath and Angus Trimble

  • Simon Elliott and Andrea Ho

    Simon Elliott and Andrea Ho

  • Deborah hart and Lisa Havillah

    Deborah hart and Lisa Havillah

  • Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia Nick Mitzevich

    Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia Nick Mitzevich

  • Imants Tillers, Simon Mordant and Fiona Hall

    Imants Tillers, Simon Mordant and Fiona Hall

  • Director of the NGA Gerard Vaughan with Helen Musa

    Director of the NGA Gerard Vaughan with Helen Musa

  • Simon Mordant and Mark Scott

    Simon Mordant and Mark Scott

  • Adrian Collett and Jim Spigelman

    Adrian Collett and Jim Spigelman

  • Mick Millett and Shanthini Naidoo

    Mick Millett and Shanthini Naidoo

  • Sabra Lane, Catriona Mordant and Liz Ann Macgregor

    Sabra Lane, Catriona Mordant and Liz Ann Macgregor

Simon Mordant @ The National Press Club

1 April 2015

Australia has had representation at the Venice Biennale since 1954 and the list of artists is a formidable collection of our best and brightest visual artists as well as representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale.  2015 will see Fiona Hall as the featured artist but more importantly the new Australian Pavilion will be opened after a lengthy but exacting process to promulgate, process and choose the design, then to build what will be the first 21st century building in the Giardini della Biennale, replacing the ‘temporary’ Philip Cox designed pavilion built in 1988

Simon Mordant is the Australian Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale, among a swag of other things including as a board member of the ABC. He can gather a crowd too and they came from all over Australia to hear him address the National Press Club and learn of the process to build this new pavilion largely with backing from Mordant and his wife Catriona. He is the kind of man who makes things happen, the new pavilion is testament to that, and gathering together this impressive group of Australians involved in and working with our diverse cultural and artistic landscape across a wide spectrum made the politics of Canberra look decidedly dull, colourless and boring.