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18th Biennale of Sydney

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Once every two years, one of the world's leading contemporary visual arts events takes place in Sydney Australia, drawing in over 500,000 visitors during this phenomenal twelve week exhibition.

Titled "all our relations", this free event will take place at leading venues across Sydney, including the newly redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Cockatoo Island (a world heritage-listed former shipyard and prison) and Carriageworks. Keep an eye out for exhibitions in outdoor city areas as well.

'Audiences will experience involvement, responsiveness and liveliness when encountering the works and in many cases, will be active participants in the artists' projects,' Co-Artistic Director Gerald McMaster said. You don't have to be 'into the arts' to enjoy these exhibits, this event really is for everyone.

Courtesy Studio Roosegaarde

If you haven't been before, number one on the 'to do list' is a day trip to Cockatoo Island. Take a free ferry there from Circular Quay (leave early to make the most of it) and prepare yourself. The Biennale will take you on a journey weaved into the island's large workshops, slipways, wharves and convict-built prison buildings, raw with the island's past.

Courtesy White Rabbit Gallery Sydney

The projects and installations speak to you in volumes, inviting you to interact with them or asking you to sit back and consider their meaning or how they're interacting with each other. They reflect the world around us, how we interact with it and are dependent on it; they specifically address current local and global issues that are presented in a way that appeal to your senses, rather than a disconnected televised way. The works aim to inspire deep engagement, thought and discussion, and possibly finding resolutions to our problems.

Courtesy Robin Rhode and White Cube London

The Biennale of Sydney plays an integral role in developing the visual arts culture in Australia, connecting artists from around the world and showcasing creative innovation with many substantially sized and suitably themed works. Over 100 artists from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East are participating.
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Why? Unique world renowned event
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
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Very good. The installations are really something on Cockatoo Island. I am glad though, that I saw the Art Gallery and then the Contemporary exhibitions first. It made the Cockatoo Island peices seem really special - although I did love the parts set up @ the Art Gallery of NSW. Well done. Great photos.
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|892) 2646 days ago
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