Curating and Programming



Artists:  Robyn Backyn, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin. Curators:  Katja Aßmann, Michael Cohen, Lorenzo Mele Commissioning Partners:  Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Glasgow Life (UK) and Urbane Künste Ruhr Michael Cohen initiated an international partnership with curators and artists from five different countries to create Nomanslanding.  This was a five-year process from its

Fire Water

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In 2009 and 2010 Michael Cohen directed and produced two water spectacles for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) as part of Vivid Sydney.  These events took place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekends and attracted crowds of 90,000 and 120,000 respectively.  The projects met two core objectives: To create a night-time economy project to assist

The Rocks Windmill


Michael Cohen devised and implemented an arts lab ‘incubator’ model for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) as a way of generating activation projects that speak directly to the identity (past, present and future) of Darling Harbour and The Rocks, two of Australia’s most visited destinations. Emerging from the first laboratory was The Rocks Windmill. SHFA

The Rocks Village Bizarre


Transforming the nighttime economy through arts and cultural activation: For many years, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) ran an evening music and market activation offering in The Rocks. However customer satisfaction and attendance at the event was waning and the activation did not represent the brand pillars for the precinct. Furthermore, the precinct had become

Aboriginal Life and Sydney Harbour


During 2011-16 Michael Cohen produced several projects that endeavoured to address the lack of Aboriginal stories visible in the public domain of The Rocks – the landing place of Europeans in Australia.   Dedicated ‘interpretive arts incubators’ were the generative process for these projects which include: Aunty’s Blackfella Bingo – at Corroboree Festival and The Rocks