Biennale of Sydney

Akira Takayama, Our Songs – Sydney Kabuki Project, 2018
"The Biennale of Sydney plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. In 2018, it attracted visitation of more than 850,000, the highest level in the Biennale’s 45-year history" Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, Director and CEO
Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale provides a platform for art and ideas and is recognised for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the globe.
The inaugural Biennale of Sydney was held in 1973 as part of the opening celebrations of the Sydney Opera House. Initiated by Founding Governor Franco Belgiorno-Nettis and supported by Founding Patrons Transfield Holdings, the Biennale of Sydney was the first exhibition of its kind to be established in the Asia-Pacific region. Alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and documenta, it is one of the longest running periodic exhibitions around the globe.

Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries and holds an important place on both the national and international stage.

Board of Directors

Kate Mills, Chairman
Geoffrey Cassidy
Danielle Earp
Anne Flanagan
Paris Neilson
James Roth
Naseema Sparks AM FAICD
Tea Uglow

Our People

Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, Director and CEO
Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director 21st Biennale of Sydney
Isabelle Morgan, Assistant to the Director and CEO

Barbara Moore, Deputy Director and Head of Development
Hannah Brunskill, Development Coordinator
Sarah Hetherington, Benefaction Manager
Samantha Jones, Grants Coordinator

Danielle Devery, Head of Exhibition
Caroline Geraghty, Exhibition Manager
Alex Lucas, Assistant Registrar
Nadya Sinyutina, Exhibition Coordinator
Tai Spruyt, Curatorial Research Manager
Aden Wessels, Technical Production Manager

Nina Trofimova, Head of Finance and Administration
Lucy Latella, Volunteer Coordinator
Haitian Liu, Accountant
Roisin Lynagh, Administration Coordinator

Claire La Greca, Marketing Manager
Siân Davies, Marketing Assistant
JD Reforma, Web & Social Media Coordinator

Melissa Ratliff, Curator, Programs and Learning

Join the Team

The Biennale of Sydney is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in the workplace.

Job Opportunities

  • Head of Exhibition Management

The Biennale of Sydney is seeking a highly skilled candidate to lead the exhibition management team responsible for the planning and delivery of each Biennale exhibition.

Head of Exhibition Management Information Package

Applications close 5 pmWednesday 22 August 2018.

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The Biennale of Sydney offers a limited number of vocational and internship placements as part of its commitment to developing the next generation of Australian artists and arts administrators. These placements are offered to help students or recent graduates meet the requirements of their Australian-based educational or training courses; and to enhance vocational skills in the arts sector.

We are not accepting internship applications at this time. 

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Exhibition Reports

19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) Exhibition Report

Curated by Juliana Engberg, the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire presented the work of 92 artists from 31 countries free to the public over a three-month period.

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16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) Exhibition Report

Revolutions – Forms That Turn (18 June – 7 September 2008), was curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and presented at seven venues in and around Sydney Harbour, with the eighth being online.

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