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 2,000 national and international artists from more than 130 countries.

The 24th Biennale of Sydney will take place 9 March – 10 June 2024.

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.

Geoffrey Cassidy (Deputy Chairman)
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.

Matt Crocker
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.

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.

Rachel Verghis
Rachel Verghis is a contemporary art patron, collector, entrepreneur and founder of VerghisArt, a platform focusing on artists from the Asia-Pacific region. Rachel is also a member of the Tate’s AsiaPacific Acquisitions Committee, the Australian Venice Biennale International Council, the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, a patron of the Serpentine Gallery in London and soon to join the MCA Foundation Council.

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)
Ruby Langton-Batty
Seymour Cohen
Emma Perera
Khaled Sabsabi
Lourdes Samson
Rachel Verghis

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

Artistic Director Search Committee:
Anne Flanagan (Convenor)
Tony Albert
Dr Michael Brand
Suzanne Cotter
Johanna Featherstone
Alexie Glass-Kantor
Roby Langton-Batty
Barbara Moore
José Roca
Khaled Sabsabi
Morry Schwartz AM

Digital & Programming Committee
Evan Kaldor
Chris Wirasinha

Our People | 24th 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

Tim Barker, Head of Production
Sep Pourbozorgi, Production Manager
Matt Woodham, Operations and Site Manager
Deborah Jones, Registrar
Talya Aarons, Assistant 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
Mikhaela Rodwell, Exhibition Project Manager
Michael Kennedy, Producer
Matt Hirst, Associate Producer
Catherine Woolley, Assistant Producer
Zali Matthews, Exhibition Assistant and Artist Liaison
Seamus Heindenreich, Site Administrator

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
Valentina Tulino, Box Office Coordinator
Dale Higginson, Box Office Coordinator

Louise Villar, Development Coordinator
Felicia Cindyagatha, Development Coordinator

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

Aksel Nichols, Visitor Services Manager
Julia Green, Volunteer Coordinator
Helen Grant, Volunteer Team Leader
Nina Vinther, Volunteer Team Leader
Mac Walker, Volunteer Team Leader
Lily Fenwicke, Front of House Coordinator
Jodi Burns, Front of House Supervisor
Bronwen George, Front of House Supervisor
Catherine Clelland, Front of House Supervisor
Bruno Cowen
Gonzalo Angarita Lizarazo
Sofia Zagni
Clare Wigney
Aurora Nowosad
Jessica Kejun Xu
Marie Gabriel
Fei Gao
Ava Lacoon-Robinson
Karen Manning
Astrini Alias
Kate Buchanan
Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Jessica Maronese
Joel Beasley
Matheus Borgatto
Charli Rose Gerry
Daisy Barrow Piper
Ianni Huang
Eva Phillips
Tabitha Hull
Claire Robinson
Ruben Newman

Karen Elias, Educator
Natalie Tso, Educator
Tamara Lawry, Educator

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:

Development Coordinator

ROLE STATEMENT 

Position Title: Development Coordinator 

Department: Development 

Reporting to: Head of Development 

Salary: $65,000 to $75,000 excluding superannuation 

Contract Term: Full-time fixed term contract to 31 December 2026
with the possibility of extension 

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

The Development Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the Development Teams daily operations. This position will support in fundraising events, preparation of proposals, and grant writing and acquittals. The Development Coordinator is integral role, assisting the Development team to achieve significant revenue targets. 

The Biennale of Sydney operates in a dynamic, rapidly changing, environment which requires flexibility, adaptability, and initiative. The role of the Development Coordinator requires a high attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills. We are looking for someone who is comfortable working autonomously and as part of a small team. 

The position reports to the Head of Development. 

APPLYING FOR THE ROLE 

Applications marked ‘Confidential’ and addressing the selection criteria must be received by 5 pm on Monday, 17 June 2024. 

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. 

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

Email to: employment@biennaleofsydney.com.au 

Subject line: Application | Development Coordinator 

Applications will be evaluated as they are submitted.
Candidates may be contacted for interview before the application period closes. 

 

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 
  • Tertiary qualification in Visual Arts, Arts Administration, Project Management, Marketing or related fields 
  • Project management experience  
  • Excellent sttention to detail, with ability to manage multiple tasks in a busy environment with changing priorities and tight deadlines. 
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Experience assisting with the organisation of events. 
  • Problem-solving skills with the ability to implement solutions. 
  • Capability to work effectively in a team but have the initiative and focus to work autonomously on specific tasks.  
  • Experience and competence with various software tools including Office 365, Adobe and database systems. 
Desirable Criteria 
  • Experience working in an arts and cultural organisation or a strong interest in the arts 
  • Experience using a customer relationships management system such as Tessitura or Salesforce or any other CRM 
  • Proficient writing skills 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Logistics and events 

 

  • Assist in a range of events for Corporate Partners and Benefactors including private hospitality functions and tours. 
  • Coordinate travel arrangements and logistics for benefactions events in Sydney, between States and internationally. 
  • Liaise with the finance department regarding payments of invoices, travel costs and reimbursements related to different development events.  
  • Oversee invitations and RSVPs for benefactors, government bodies and corporate partners to more general Biennale functions, such as Opening Week activities. 
  • Represents the Biennale at events, as required. 
  • Ensure key partner activations are documented. 
  • Send and administer feedback surveys to event participants. 
Benefaction 
  • Support the Head of Development and Philanthropy Manager with all activities in relation to individual prospects cultivation and stewardship 
  • Support Philanthropy Manager with administrative tasks relating to Benefaction (e-communications, mailings etc.) 
  • Prepare renewal letters for all individual giving supporters 
  • Process all individual and giving and renewals in CRM database and draft acknowledgement letters 
  • Oversee day-to-day enquiries from individual prospects and supporters, providing excellent customer service 
  • Conduct basic research into individual prospects as requested. 
Grants & Partnerships 

 

  • Assist the Grants and Advocacy Manager with gathering information and conducting research for funding applications. 
  • Collate and compile information for funding applications and reports and send information out, as directed by the Grants and Advocacy Manager. 
  • Support the Head of Development and Philanthropy Manager in preparing materials for tailored Partnership proposals.  
  • Assist in the implementation and activation of contracts to ensure all elements are fulfilled, executed and reported in accordance with internal procedures and guidelines. 
  • Oversee the delivery of benefits to a variety of Corporate Partners 
  • Liaise with key internal and external stakeholders in delivering partner requirements and benefits. 
  • Support the development of reports and acquittals for donors and partners. 
Administration 

 

  • Support the Development team with day-to-day administration. This includes arranging meetings, answering enquiries, updating the CRM database and other tasks as required. 
  • Assist with the distribution of catalogues and relevant materials for corporate partners and benefactors. 
  • Assist with office administration tasks including preparation of internal and external reports, filing and other duties as required. Liaise with staff throughout the organisation, ensuring information is gathered and shared appropriately and effectively to maximise fundraising opportunities. 
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 WHS subcommittee meetings 
Key Performance Indicators 

 

  •  Benefactors and Corporate Partners express a positive experience when engaging and participating in events with the Biennale of Sydney. Collaborate with Development team members to achieve ambitious development targets and organisational goals. Reporting requirements for Corporate and Government Partners are met. 
  • Demonstrate positive working relationships with all departments of the Biennale of Sydney. 

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY  

The Biennale of Sydney gathers on the ancestral land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge all Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respect to Elders, past, present and emerging. 

The Biennale of Sydney is a leading international contemporary art event. 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 (and beyond) with exhibitions that ignite and surprise people, spark dialogue, cultivate connections and inspire 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 one of the oldest biennials in the world and the largest event 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.  

The Biennale of Sydney is committed to free access for all. More information on the Biennale can be found here. 

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 promote employment equity and strongly encourage role applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, workers of all ages, people with disability, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive, accessible and supportive to all. Should you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact the nominated person in the advertisement. We also support a flexible working environment at the Biennale of Sydney and are happy to discuss how this role could be done flexibly. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to flexible working, including time commitments. We can work with you to rethink where, when and how your work can be done. 

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

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.