Biennale of Sydney

About Us

The Biennale of Sydney acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country, in particular the Gadigal people on whose land the Biennale of Sydney is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.

The Biennale of Sydney is one of the leading international contemporary art events. It plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. The Biennale presents the most dynamic contemporary art from around the globe in venues across Sydney with exhibitions that ignite and surprise people, sparking dialogue, cultivating connections and inspiring action through meaningful, shared arts experiences. The Biennale of Sydney amplifies the voices of artists and tell the stories of our global communities, as they drive momentum for lasting cultural change.

Established in 1973, it is the third oldest biennial in the world after Venice and São Paulo and the largest exhibition of its kind in Australia. The Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 2,400 national and international artists from more than 130 countries.

The 25th Biennale of Sydney will take place 7 March – 8 June 2026.

Board of Directors

Kate Mills (Chairman)
Kate Mills MAICD FIML is an experienced company director, commercial lawyer, policy adviser and consultant on corporate governance and strategy. Kate was a Founding Director of the Inner City Legal Centre Foundation, the Creative Music Fund, and a board member of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service. Kate is a member of international and national visual and performing arts institutions, and an avid collector.

Matt Crocker (Deputy Chairman)
Matt Crocker is a leading public policy professional. As Policy Director for three NSW Premiers over the last decade, Matt has developed unique expertise in government, policy development and strategy. In the corporate sector, Matt was COO of health insurer Manchester Unity and has been a senior advisor on public policy and corporate reputation issues for Westpac. Matt now works on infrastructure project development at Plenary Group and is a strategic advisor at University of Technology Sydney, and a Director of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

Geoffrey Cassidy
Geoffrey Cassidy is an experienced arts administrator and expert in Australian and International Art. Presently the CEO of herringbone Fine Art Systems and Transport, He is a former Director of Sothebys Worldwide and the former Director of Artbank, The Federal Government Arts support initiative. As such he has broad experience in both the commercial and institutional aspects of the Art world. He believes in the relevance and importance of art to national identity, and specialises in art curation, advisory and arts management. In another life Geoffrey was also a supporting solicitor in the Queensland Native Title Unit, where he assisted on major litigation to determine the effect of pastoral leases on Aboriginal land rights.

Ruby Langton-Batty (Company Secretary)
Ruby Langton-Batty is a graduate of law (UNSW) in training to become a solicitor and currently working as a paralegal at the Paul Ramsay Foundation in Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Production Design from the Victorian College of the Arts and worked as a professional stage and screen designer prior to studying law. She has a diverse experience in editing, writing, research, entertainment and media with a passion for all forms of art. She was born in Alice Springs and is a descendant of the Bidjara and Yiman people in Central Queensland.

Danielle Earp
Danielle Earp is currently the Senior Exhibitions Manager at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her managerial and directorial experience spans two decades working for visual arts and cultural organisations including; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Living Museums, Biennale of Sydney, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sherman Galleries and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Johanna Featherstone
Johanna Featherstone is the Founder and former Artistic Director of Red Room Poetry where she established a national poetry education program for schools and correctional centres in New South Wales. Her poetry has been featured in a range of journals and anthologies, and she is currently Director of the Oranges & Sardines Foundation and on the Belvoir board. Johanna is an honorary associate of the University of Sydney’s School Arts and Media and has judged a number of awards including the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism.

Anne Flanagan
Anne Flanagan, former deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is one of Australia’s most respected art museum leaders. During her 23 years at AGNSW she was responsible for exhibitions and major capital project delivery including Yiribana gallery for Indigenous art, the Asian gallery expansion, John Kaldor Family Gallery and the masterplan for the Gallery expansion. She is a director of Bundanon Trust and a member of the project control group for Sydney Modern, AGNSW.

Evan Kaldor
Evan Kaldor is CEO of The Parent Brand, Australia’s leading digital media company focused on families from pregnancy to preschool. The Parent Brand produces written, video and audio content across the Babyology and Kinderling brands. Evan was the General Manager of FBi Radio, a non-profit community radio station in Sydney focused on supporting local bands and artists, and has a background in investment banking, where he worked for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Grange Securities, both in Australia and the US.

Adelle Robinson
Adelle Robinson is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people and has over 20 years’ experience producing some of Australia’s largest music festivals including Field Day, Harbourlife, Shore Thing and Listen Out. Having worked across Australia’s most unique and sensitive venues Adelle has led the way for best practise in event management and event stakeholder liaison. As Chair and committee member of the Australian Festival Association Adelle has worked as member of the NSW Music Festivals Regulatory Round Table and she gave evidence at the 2019 Parliamentary Inquiry in Music Festival Regulation. Adelle is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate of Wiradjuri Language Culture and Heritage through Charles Sturt University.

James Roth
James has over 30 years’ experience in accounting and finance working with Deutsche bank, UBS, Schroders and Arthur Andersen. He is a Director of Craig’s investment partners in New Zealand and is currently a patron of the Asian Australian Artist Association as well as a member of the Asian Art Archive.

Khaled Sabsabi
Khaled Sabsabi is an acclaimed contemporary artist who works across borders, cultures and disciplines. He has exhibited in over 80 solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally, showcasing his work in the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), 5th Marrakech Biennale (2014), 1st Yinchuan Biennale (2016), 3rd Kochi Muziris Biennale (2016) and Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2018). Sabsabi was awarded the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (2010), 60th Blake Prize (2011) and the NSW Government’s Western Sydney Arts Fellowship (2015). Sabsabi migrated from Tripoli, Lebanon to Australia as a child in 1977. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Chris Wirasinha
Chris Wirasinha is the co-founder of Pedestrian.tv, Australia’s largest youth focused publishing brand. Chris co-founded Pedestrian in 2005 when he was just 22 years old. Pedestrian.tv won back-to-back Mumbrella Media Brand of the Year Awards and is Australia’s most successful digital publishing startup. Prior to co-founding Pedestrian, Chris worked at global media and advertising agency Universal McCann.

Committees & Advisors

Benefaction Committee
Johanna Featherstone (Convenor)
Emilya Colliver
Ruby Langton-Batty
Emma Perera
Khaled Sabsabi
Alyce Tran

Finance, Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Geoffrey Cassidy (Convenor)
Anne Flanagan
Evan Kaldor
Adelle Robinson
James Roth

Artistic Director Search Committee:
Anne Flanagan (Convenor)
Brook Andrew
Dr Michael Brand
Johanna Featherstone
Alexie Glass-Kantor
Liz Ann Macgregor
Barbara Moore
Khaled Sabsabi

Digital & Programming Committee
Evan Kaldor
Chris Wirasinha
Tea Uglow, Digital Advisor

Tea Uglow (Digital Advisor)
For over ten years, Tea Uglow has worked with various artists and cultural organisations, investigating the intersection between technology and the arts. She is currently creative director of Google Creative Lab in Sydney and in 2018, Tea was recognised as one of Australia’s #OUT50 LGBTQ Leaders by Deloitte. Tea has also served on the board for the Australasian Writers & Art Directors Association and the Design & Art Directors Guild.

Our People | Biennale of Sydney

Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer
Charlotte Galleguillos, Deputy Director
Belinda Wincote, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, 24th Artistic Directors
Tony Albert, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain First Nations Curatorial Fellow
Vivian Ziherl, Curatorial Advisor

Hoor Al Qasimi, 25th Artistic Director

Tim Barker, Head of Production
Sep Pourbozorgi, Production Manager
Matt Woodham, Operations and Site Manager
Deborah Jones, Registrar
Gotaro Uematsu, Audio Visual Manager
Noah Bennett, Production and Event Coordinator
Julia Greenstreet, Exhibition Manager (parental leave)
Fredrika Mackenzie, Exhibition Manager (acting)
Alicia Hollier, Exhibition Coordinator
Billie Phillips, Assistant Curator
Michael Kennedy, Producer

Aishlinn McCarthy, Head of Communications
Andrew Dillon, Impact and Engagement Manager
Alana Hicks, Ticketing Manager
Emma Moser, Marketing Coordinator
Erica Em, Digital Communications Coordinator
Jo Higgins, Publications Editor

Louise Villar, Development Coordinator
Felicia Cindyagatha, Development Coordinator

Cate Peat, Head of Corporate Services
Elizabeth Nguyen, Finance Manager
Jasmine Stephens, Office Administrator

Join the Team

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

The following positions are available at Biennale of Sydney:

Tessitura Application Specialist

ROLE STATEMENT  

Position Title: Tessitura Application Specialist 

Department: Communications 

Reporting to:  Head of Communication and the Impact and Engagement Manager 

Contract term: Full time fixed term contract position until 31 October 2024, with the possibility of a month to month extension. Part time hours could be considered for the right applicant.  

POSITION DESCRIPTION  

The Tessitura Application Specialist is a project role with a remit to assist in the ongoing development and optimisation the Biennale of Sydney’s Customer Relationship Management system, Tessitura. The role will assist in maximising the functionality of Tessitura and associated applications to ensure strategic aims for the organisation are met. The Biennale uses the system across all departments to manage stakeholder relationships, enhance audience engagement, increase revenue, sell tickets and extend organisational reach.   

The Tessitura Application Specialist supports in refining the database set-up generally, including by supporting the upcoming v.16 upgrade and enhancing reporting output. This role works collegially across the organisation to help leverage the breadth of Tessitura’s capacity for all users.   

The position reports to the Impact & Engagement Manager and Head of Communications, and is responsible to the CEO. 

APPLYING FOR THE ROLE 

Applications marked ‘Confidential’ in the subject line of the email and addressing the selection criteria must be received by 5 pm on Friday, 19 July. 

Your application must include:  

  • a cover letter outlining how you meet the selection criteria;  
  • a current CV; and  
  • the names and daytime contacts of at least two (2) professional referees.  

Email to: employment@biennaleofsydney.com.au  

Subject line: Application | Tessitura Application Specialist   

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

SELECTION CRITERIA  

Based on an application addressing the Essential Criteria, Curriculum Vitae and, for selected candidates, an interview and references, the Biennale of Sydney needs to be satisfied that the applicant meets the following criteria:  

Essential Criteria 
  • Demonstrated hands-on working knowledge of Tessitura, preferably with some knowledge or experience of systems administration. 
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written. 
  • Excellent computer literacy – including knowledge of Microsoft based applications 
  • Demonstrated ability working in dynamic, changing environments. 
  • Ability to show initiative and have a proactive approach whilst working as part of a small team 
  • Right to work in Australia. 
Desirable Criteria 
  • Experience working closely with, or within, a marketing and communications team.  
  • A keen interest in, and commitment to, the work of Biennale of Sydney and knowledge and understanding of festival work. 
  • Good knowledge of the Biennale of Sydney and its various activities  

 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Customer Relationship Management 
  • Advise and assist with the maintenance of the CRM platform, including event reporting, and other ad hoc duties as required. 
  • Writing, implementing and maintaining internal CRM protocols and maintaining CRM security 
  • Have a strong understanding of best-practice Customer Experience and User Experience, preferably with relation to Tessitura Network Express Web (TNEW), and customer privacy requirements 
  • Acting as a key contact for Biennale of Sydney staff for all Tessitura-related enquiries and ensuring that all staff follow database best practices and understand resources/tools available in Tessitura 
  • Overseeing customisation and maintenance of the database and facilitating system upgrades  
  • Assist in developing reports and providing data, and strategic recommendations, including to optimise the success of fundraising efforts  
  • Assist in developing Tessitura analytics to meet the needs of development, marketing, education, programming, finance, production and CEO 
  • Supporting the Development team to optimise relationship management, patron giving, fundraising campaigns and events (including efficiency) driven through Tessitura 
  • Collaborating with the Development and Communications teams on marketing and fundraising campaigns 
  • Work with the Communications team to compile and organise lists for e-newsletters and invitations 
Work, Health and Safety (WHS)  
  • All staff are required to take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of other personnel (including volunteers and interns) who may be affected by their conduct.  
  • Participate in WH&S Committee meetings, as required.  
Key Performance Indicators  
  • Maintains and applies the CRM according to the organisation’s strategy 
  • Supports all departments to best utilise the CRM to meet overall goals 
  • Demonstrates positive working relationships with all departments of the Biennale of Sydney 

To download the job description as a PDF, please click here:  Tessitura Application Specialist Job Description

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 

The Biennale of Sydney acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country, in particular the Gadigal people on whose land the Biennale of Sydney is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respect to Elders, past, present and emerging. 

The Biennale of Sydney is one of the leading international contemporary art events. It plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. The Biennale presents the most dynamic contemporary art from around the globe in venues across Sydney with exhibitions that ignite and surprise people, sparking dialogue, cultivating connections and inspiring action through meaningful, shared arts experiences. The Biennale of Sydney amplifies the voices of artists and tell the stories of our global communities, as they drive momentum for lasting cultural change. 

Established in 1973, it is the third oldest biennial in the world after Venice and São Paulo and the largest exhibition of its kind in Australia. The Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1,900 national and international artists from more than 100 countries. 

 

WORKING FOR THE BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 

The Biennale of Sydney fosters a collaborative and respectful workplace culture, with a team as diverse as the exhibitions we present and the audiences who experience them. We actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disability and those who have diverse experiences of our world to join the Biennale of Sydney team.  

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace. If you are applying for a position and have support or access requirements, let us know in your application or by contacting the nominated person in the advertisement. 

The Biennale of Sydney believes that art should be accessible to all. Thanks to our generous supporters, our exhibitions are presented with free admission for all to enjoy. For our employees, we provide professional development opportunities to enrich and develop your love of the arts while valuing the specific skills and experiences you bring to the Biennale of Sydney. As a not-for-profit organisation, we also offer salary packaging options. 

Exhibition Reports

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) Exhibition Report

Curated by José Roca, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, held from 12 March until 13 June 2022, featured 330 artworks by 89 participants.

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22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) Exhibition Report

Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, titled NIRIN, was an artist- and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events.

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21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) Exhibition Report

The 21st Biennale of Sydney: SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement exhibited works from 70 artists, attracting visitation of more than 850,000 at seven of Sydney’s museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces.

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20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) Exhibition Report

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, the 20th Biennale of Sydney, held from 18 March until 5 June 2016, featured more than 200 artworks by 83 artists and included 70% new commissions.