For three months during the Biennale, the city of Sydney presents artist exhibitions, artist talks, forums, performances and tours to the public – all free of charge.
The Sydney Biennale, as the name suggests, occurs every two years during Sydney’s winter months as it has since its founding in 1973. The premise of the event is to showcase contemporary visual arts as a means of spurring change and growth in the realm of expression, and the Sydney Biennale has become the largest of its kind in the country.
The 2012 Sydney Biennale, occurring from June 27 to September 16, is the 18th event since establishment. The main focus involves exhibitions set up along an Art Walk that encompasses the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pier 2/3 and Cockatoo Island.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales presents its Sydney Biennale exhibitions in the Major Exhibitions Gallery and in the Yiribana Gallery. The theme, In Finite Planet, discusses the globalized world and the challenges of people and the resources of our planet.
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents its exhibitions on Level 1 and Level 3 with the theme of In Possible Composition. The artwork here brings together themes, ideas and media that were once incomplete or incompatible.
Pier 2/3 presents three large-scale exhibitions on both levels of its structure.
Cockatoo Island, the World Heritage listed island in Sydney Harbour, presents its Biennale exhibition in both Upper and Lower island. To reach Cockatoo Island, the final stop in the Art Walk, take a 20 minute ferry from Circular Quay. You can easily make it a day by enjoy the exhibition, as well as the pop-up eateries happening during these months.
For a full list of events each day, it is best to check the What’s On section of the official website.