Helen Curtis


Helen Curtis is the founder and director of art consultancy firm Apparatus. Specialising in making places more people-oriented through artwork, Helen has a strong grounding in the visual arts and collaborative multidisciplinary design and uses this experience to deliver transformational artwork projects.

As a curator and arts consultant living in Perth Western Australia, Helen is an accomplished arts manager with experience over two decades, and is committed to developing culturally rich, people focused urban environments.

She formerly managed the arts team at the City of Perth where, from the ground up, she developed the City’s Public Art Program, Collection Management Program, Sponsorship Program and negotiated major cultural developments such as an international artist exchange with Taipei, and the summer event Symphony in the City.

Helen has a national perspective and local knowledge with a keen understanding of public art processes, statutory requirements, urban planning, contemporary art practice and Australian arts practitioners. Specialising in curating public spaces, public art, collaborative design and percent for art, Helen is able to assist clients in planning and managing projects and the translation of concepts into the built environment.

Key Attributes


  • Bachelor of Fine Art, UWA
  • Diploma of Fine Art & Design, Claremont School of Art


  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
  • ArtSource
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
  • Interpretation Australia (IA)
  • Museums Australia (MA)
  • WA Chamber of Arts and Culture (WACAC)

Preferred Providers

  • Panel for Public Art Coordination Services, MRA (2015+)
  • Art Coordination Services Panel, BMW Percent for Art Program (2017+)

Boards and Memberships

  • State Design Review Panel (2022+)
  • Faculty of Humanities Advisory Council, Curtin University (2019+)
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