Roland Henry is the Public Art & Collections Officer at Wyndham City Council. With over 20 years’ experience in curation, publishing, and project management in the contemporary urban art field, Roland brings his specialist knowledge to the delivery of Wyndham’s ambitious and progressive public art plan.
Previously, Roland has worked with many high-profile artists and brands across the globe, including managing leading street art publication, VNA Magazine, and curating the world’s first urban art museum, Urban Nation, in Berlin. Past projects encompass a diverse portfolio of high-profile international clients, such as Sony, Google, Artshub, EasyJet, The Guardian US, WSP, Hypebeast, and Grande Experiences.
Wyndham is the fastest growing city in the outer west, with the number of citizens set to hit over 500,000 by 2041. Consisting of a vibrant, hugely diverse population, the municipality is also home to the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the Western Region.
Wyndham’s recently endorsed 10-Year Public Art Plan underscores the city’s passionate commitment to delivering a world class, highly contemporary public art collection. With curatorial themes that focus on four key elements of Wyndham’s constituency, the Public Art Plan gives precedence to Foregrounding, Localism, Habitat, and Futurism. With a strong focus on the cultural narratives of the Traditional Owners of the land on which Wyndham city is being built, Foregrounding gives precedence to the history and stories of the Bunurong and Wadawurrung peoples. With pillars of approach supporting worldwide best practice principles, the foundations are further grounded in commitments to academic study, consultation, and community outreach. In both theory and practice, delivering public art is all about putting community first and lifting up Wyndham’s aspirations as a creative force in the west.