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Tue, 16 June


Cockatoo Island


GC is pleased to support the Biennale of Sydney first one was held in 1973 as part of the opening celebrations of the Sydney Opera House. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries, nationally and internationally.


Time & Location

16 June 2020, 10:00 am AEST – 06 Sept 2020, 2:00 pm AEST

Cockatoo Island, Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, Australia

About the Event

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney will be open free to the public from 16 June to 6 September 2020. Exhibition dates at each venue are as follows:

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales 1 June – 27 September 2020
  • Artspace 1 June – 27 September 2020
  • Campbelltown Arts Centre 1 June – 11 October 2020
  • Cockatoo Island 16 June – 6 September 2020
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 16 June – 6 September 2020 (closing date TBC) 

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts said: ‘The Biennale of Sydney has shown great leadership, innovation and generosity in engaging with audiences online throughout COVID-19 and now is moving quickly to reopen its doors so people can experience exhibitions in person. The Australian Government is proud to be a long-term supporter of the Biennale, and I am pleased to see that audiences will soon be able to return to the festival in its physical form as social distancing restrictions ease and we move towards recovery.’  

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, The Hon Stuart Ayres MP said: ‘The NSW Government is delighted by the decision to re-open the 22nd Biennale of Sydney from 16 June. The organisers have shown incredible ingenuity during these challenging times by reimagining the exhibition for a digital audience, but with the easing of restrictions from 1 June, this is an exciting opportunity for people to enjoy this year’s Biennale of Sydney up close and in person. It’s also the perfect reason for any art-enthusiasts from around NSW to book a long weekend in Sydney to marvel at the many artworks and installations on show – all while helping our tourism industry get back on its feet.’  

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: ‘Artistic Director Brook Andrew put together a wonderful program for this year’s Biennale of Sydney and it was devastating when it had to close to the public after just 10 days. I am impressed with how quickly the organisation worked to take exhibitions and programs online and now, as we prepare for restrictions to ease in galleries and cultural spaces, the Biennale of Sydney has moved swiftly to reopen physically and extend its dates. As we grapple with the effects of the coronavirus crisis, it is right that art is at the centre of our recovery – and I look forward to visiting the Biennale of Sydney soon.’ 

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