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ArTree Nepal, Not less expensive than gold, 2019, imitation gold leaf, papier mâché, dimensions variable. Photograph: Artree Nepal. Courtesy the artists.

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN

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Cost
  • Main exhibition: Free

 

 

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Hours
  • Tuesday 16 June to Sunday 6 September 
  • Opening hours: 10am to 4pm daily
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Transport
  • Ferry
  • Water taxi
  • Private boat
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Location

Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, NSW

 

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

Between 16 June 2020 and 6 September 2020, 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 have converged 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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Getting to Cockatoo Island

The easiest way to get to Cockatoo Island, during Biennale, is by public ferry...

Best access to and from the island is via Barangaroo. Due to reduced capacity of ferry services, there may be limited availability on some services. We recommend accessing the island via the direct Barangaroo service. For further information, including timetables, visit the Transport NSW website. You can also visit the island by water taxi, private boat or kayak.

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Visitor safety

Due to the NSW Government’s decision to permit galleries to reopen to the public from June, the Biennale of Sydney exhibition at Cockatoo Island will relaunch for an extended, twelve-week run on Tuesday 16 June...

During this period, the Biennale of Sydney will align the Government’s recommended safety protocols and work closely with the Harbour Trust to ensure the exhibition space at Cockatoo Island is safe for visitors, with strict social distancing and hygiene protocols in place. Further, the Harbour Trust will continue to both carry out a heightened level of cleaning across the island and direct visitors to follow social distancing rules and practice strong hygiene, including around shared public facilities.

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