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
Josephine Cashman
Geoffrey Cassidy
Danielle Earp
Anne Flanagan
Paris Neilson
James Roth
Morry Schwartz AM
Naseema Sparks AM FAICD
Tea Uglow
Chris Wirasinha

Our People

Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, Director and CEO
Brook Andrew, Artistic Director, 22nd Biennale of Sydney
Jessyca Hutchens, Assistant to the Artistic Director

Barbara Moore, Deputy Director and Head of Development (on parental leave)
Emily Gardener, Head of Development
Hannah Brunskill, Benefaction Manager
Katrina Rae, Partnerships Manager
Samantha Jones, Grants, Trusts and Foundations Manager

Cherie Schweitzer, Head of Exhibition Management
Aden Wessels, Exhibition Production and Operations Manager
Isabelle Morgan, Exhibition Coordinator

Peter Gregory, Head of Finance and Administration / Company Secretary
Carol Zarraga, Finance Manager

Jodie Polutele, Head of Communications and Community Engagement
Paschal Daantos Berry, Curator, Programs and Learning and Co-Head of Communications and Community Engagement
Claude Moelan, Digital Producer

Join the Team

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


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. 

Subscribe to the Biennale eNews to find out when internship opportunities become available.

Assistant to the Director and CEO

The Biennale of Sydney is seeking an experienced Assistant to the Director and CEO.

The Assistant to the Director and CEO of the Biennale of Sydney provides efficient, professional and confidential executive support using a wide range of administrative skills. The role also serves as the primary point of contact for liaison to the Board of Directors.

The Biennale of Sydney operates in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment. This position requires flexibility, adaptability, initiative, diplomacy and a high level of social skills, as well as excellent communication, administrative and organisational skills. 

The Assistant to Director and CEO must be able to work under the pressure of deadlines and handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion and good judgment. 

To apply, download the Information Kit.

Applications addressing the selection criteria must be received by 5pm on Friday, 17 May 2019

Exhibition Reports

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.

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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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18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) Exhibition Report

18th Biennale of Sydney Exhibition Report

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