The Biennale of Sydney Archive project began in 2015 when over 40 years of records were donated to the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of NSW to be organised, indexed and digitised. The Gallery and the Biennale are working in partnership on this historic project.
More than 1000 boxes make up the archive, which includes artists’ files, images, correspondence, media clippings and photographic and video documentation that stretches back to the inaugural Biennale exhibition in 1973.
Locating the Biennale Archive at the Gallery ensures that it will be available to future researchers with elements accessible to the public through both the Gallery and Biennale websites.
Professional archiving has been made possible by a generous gift from Transfield Holdings, the Biennale’s principle corporate partner for over 40 years. We celebrate the vision of Franco Belgiorno-Nettis (1915–2006), Founding Patron and founder of Transfield, who created the Biennale of Sydney in 1973 and whose company provided the continuous financial and administrative support that firmly established it.