The Cross Art Projects foregrounds contemporary work and curatorial projects that reflect the multiple relationships between art and life, art and the public sphere, and explores the boundaries of this context. We are attentive to the local without sacrificing the scope of Indigenous and international views. Cross Art enhances its projects with conversations, walks and events on contemporary art, urban planning, architecture and heritage.
Jo Holder founded The Cross Art Projects, Sydney in 2003 to advance equity and social justice issues. She is co-convenor of Contemporary Art and Feminism in collaboration with Jacqueline Millner and Catriona Moore and Future Feminist Archive (across regional NSW, 2015–16 and Archive Live! at Wollongong City Gallery, 2019). At The Cross Art Projects she has contributed Witnessing the Intervention, a series of exhibitions on the Federal Intervention into Indigenous communities and the counter argument for “Voice Treaty Truth” (co-curated with Djon Mundine); Mining and Climate projects including Particulate Matter: A fossil fuelled future? (2020); and the exchange project Elastic: DarwinSydneyDili (2014, NCCA Darwin and Sydney). Social history projects include Re/construction a rereading of Jack Mundey and the 1970s Green Bans Movement (2020, with Sydney Trades Hall) and Green Bans Art Walk (2011, Performance Space, Sydney). Jo Holder has held key curatorial roles in the public and independent sectors as director S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and published several books on contemporary visual art and culture.