The New Landscapes Institute (NLI) was established by Sydney-based curator Joni Taylor in 2014.

We have created employment for over 30 arts practitioners, commissioned 18 new art works and 7 short films, developed 3 exhibitions, produced 20 public programs and events, undertaken 3 international group residencies, published 3 catalogues and 2 websites.

The NLI collaborates with creative practitioners in partnership with organisations and community groups to develop and present ideas on changing notions of urban and natural environments. The NLI uses the platform of the exhibition/public event as a way to research and engage with new ideas. The projects connect artists with experts in diverse fields such as ecology, gardening, science, architecture and landscape architecture.

Topics to be explored include

Alternative Histories

Local histories of landscape and the built environment eg Indigenous experiences , experimental horticultural practices, the forgotten and the un-built.

Urban Ecology

The relationship between city and nature eg responsive architecture, environmental design, radical landscape architecture.

The Social City

The human factor in urban design eg urban regeneration, adaptable and temporary architecture, surveillance technologies, data mapping, urban interventions and the economics of space.


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Joni Taylor is the founder of the New Landscapes Institute. She has 15 years of experience in organizing and producing art and architecture events and festivals.   Her curatorial projects explore the transformation of landscapes and address contemporary urban and environmental conditions though research-based projects. She maintains a multidisciplinary practice combining new media, public art, architecture and participation. Previous curatorial projects include The Long Paddock (Wagga Wagga Art Gallery), Groundwork: From the Archives Up ( Gaffa Gallery) , The Right of Way (Delfina Foundation) “Urban Wildlife Safari” for the “In the Balance: Art for a Changing World” (MCA,), “DIY Urbanism” and “The Third Landscape” (Tin Sheds Gallery) and User Generated Architecture – raumlabor Berlin (Sydney Architecture Festival). Her writings have appeared in POLoxygen, Artichoke, Landscape Architecture Australia, ArchitectureAU and Realtime. She has received funding from Create NSW, Australia Council, City of Sydney, Goethe Institute, Kier Foundation, Australian Postgradutae Award and ANAT. She has a Masters by Research (Design) in utopian urbanism and a Bachelor of Art History and Theory. She was a founding member of the international art collective Free Soil.