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Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Once Removed, 2019 (video still). Commissioned by Sharjah Biennial 14. Courtesy the artist

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

arrow Update: Exhibition closed
  • Main exhibition: Free
  • Ticketed events: Prices vary



  • Saturday 14 March to Monday 8 June
  • Main Exhibition: 10am to 5pm daily
  • Free and ticketed events: times vary

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW


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Cockatoo Island is being reimagined as an immersive contemporary art space for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney.

Between 14 March and 8 June, visitors to the island are invited to engage with a series of public artworks anchored in this year’s theme: NIRIN.

NIRIN, meaning ‘edge’ in the language of the Wiradjuri People of western NSW, is a First Nations-led initiative as well as a forum for celebrated artists to reflect on the world today, challenge dominant narratives and propose exciting pathways for healing, founded in futurism.

The Biennale of Sydney has showcased the works of nearly 1800 local and international artists since its inception in 1973. Cockatoo Island has been one of the official venues for the leading contemporary arts event since 2008. This year, the artistic director for Biennale of Sydney is acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew.

Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015–17, (detail) ultra HD video, colour, 7.1 sound, 64 mins, Courtesy the artist and New Zealand at Venice

Meet the artists

More than 30 artists and collectives will converge at Cockatoo Island to share their ideas, experiences and perspectives...

Some of the featured artists at Cockatoo Island include Tony Albert (Australia), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Beirut), Anna Boghiguian (Egypt), Gina Athena Ulyssee (Haiti), Lisa Reihana (New Zealand),  Nicholas Galanin (Alaska) and Tennat Creek Brio (Australia, pictured here). 

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Weekend shuttle service

Travel between Barangaroo and Cockatoo Island (direct) during Biennale...

Regular ferry services will continue to run during the Biennale. Additionally, Transport NSW has scheduled a direct ferry service to shuttle people between Barangaroo and Cockatoo Island on weekends during the contemporary art festival.

This service will depart Barangaroo (direct to Cockatoo Island) at quarter past the hour – and quarter to the hour – between 9.45am and 5.45pm. In turn, it will depart Cockatoo Island (direct to Barangaroo) on the hour – and half past the hour – between 10am and 4pm.

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Exhibition closed

Closure commences 24 March 2020...

In line with the latest advice from Government authorities regarding COVID-19, the Biennale of Sydney is closing the public exhibition at Cockatoo Island from Tuesday, 24 March 2020 until further notice.

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