Biennale of Sydney

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Photograph: Giorgio_Perottino
24–25 March 2018

Biennale Archive Stories: A weekend of talks by former Biennale of Sydney Artistic Directors

On the weekend of 24–25 March, we revisit two Biennale decades with former Artistic Directors. On Saturday 24 March, Dr Lynne Cooke and Jonathan Watkins will speak about their experiences directing the 1996 and 1998 editions respectively. On Sunday 25 March, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and David Elliott speak about their 2008 and 2010 editions in the context of their careers.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12.00 pm

Riet Wijnen, performative reading

17–18 March, 14 April, 26 May and 9 June 2018, 3 pm

Francisco Camacho Herrera, Parallel Narratives – Workshop

Every Saturday, 17 March – 9 June 2018

Ciara Phillips, in The Saturday Paper

18 March & 1 April 2018, 11 am–3.30 pm

Drop In and Make: In bold type

First Monday of every month, 11.30 am–1 pm

Bella Plus Connect: Adult Access Program

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Educator Exclusive: For Teachers

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 9.30 am–3 pm

Teacher Intensive: 21st Biennale of Sydney

27 March & 29 March 2018, 10.30–11.30 am

Tours for Tots: Letters and numbers

28 March & 4 April, 11 am

Study Morning: 21st Biennale of Sydney

Last Friday of every month, 23 March – 25 May 2018, 7–10 pm


Every Wednesday through April and May 2018, 6–8 pm

Archive Salons

First Wednesday of every month, 4 April – 6 June 2018, 6.30–8.30 pm

Sounds on the Terrace

Saturday, 7 April 2018, 10 am–3 pm

Biennale in Focus: For Teachers

7 April, 16 May, 4 June 2018

Auslan Tours: Cockatoo Island

10 April, 2 May, 2 June 2018

Audio-description Tours: Art Gallery of NSW

11 April, 5 May, 25 May 2018

Audio-description Tours: Cockatoo Island

11 April, 27 May 2018

Auslan Tour: Art Gallery of NSW

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 2.30–3.30 pm

Auslan Tour: MCA Australia

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 6–9 pm

Genext: 21st Biennale of Sydney

17–21 April 2018, 10.30 am–4 pm

Contemporary Kids: School Holiday Program

17–21 April 2018, 11 am–1 pm & 2–4 pm

School Holidays at the Superposition Studio

19 April, 3 May, 7 June 2018

Art and Dementia: Art Gallery of NSW

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 11 am–12 pm

Youth Week: Access tour for young people

24 April, 5 June 2018

Access Workshop: Art Gallery of NSW

29 April, 20 May 2018, 11 am–4 pm

Family Days

Available throughout May 2018

Starting with Art: 21st Biennale of Sydney

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 2–3.30 pm

Stories of Crisis and Crisis Times: New and old myths

6, 12 & 24 April 2018, 10.30am & 12.30 pm


Multiple dates, 21 March – 20 May 2018, 7–10 pm

Art + Film Program

Every Wednesday, 21 March – 6 June 2018, 5–10 pm

Art After Hours

Daily, 16 March – 11 June 2018

Guided Tours – Art Gallery of New South Wales

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 16 March – 11 June 2018, 11.30 am

Guided Tours – Carriageworks

Daily, 16 March – 11 June 2018

Guided Tours – Cockatoo Island

Daily, 16 March – 11 June 2018

Guided Tours – Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

4 April, 2 May & 6 June 2018

Hands-on Workshops

16 March – 11 June 2018

History Tours – Cockatoo Island

16 March-11 June 2018

International billboard project

Special Projects

Every Saturday, 17 March – 9 June 2018

Ciara Phillips, in The Saturday Paper

The print edition of The Saturday Paper is another platform through which to experience Ciara Phillips’ project for the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Over 13 issues, from Saturday, 17 March, to Saturday, 9 June, elements from Phillips’ Workshop, 2010–ongoing, will be published in The Saturday Paper as it unfolds.

16 March-11 June 2018

International billboard project

a good neighbour in partnership with the 15th Istanbul Biennial

For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, a series of billboards featuring photographs teamed with provocative questions are installed across 12 sites in Ashfield, Carnes Hill, Liverpool, Marrickville, Newtown, Parramatta and Sydenham. Forming part of an international billboard project, a good neighbour, the billboards take up a discussion initiated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, curators of the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017), also named ‘a good neighbour’.

Elmgreen & Dragset have stated that home can be ‘defined as a territory where values and behavioural routines are generated through daily experience; and a place from which a feeling of belonging – of “rootedness” – emerges.’ Considering our neighbourhood relationships on a local and global level, and against the backdrop of current and historical experiences

of migration and human movement, the project poses questions that highlight the complexity of place and belonging: ‘Is a good neighbour too much to ask for?’ ‘Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?’

Sharing ambitions with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, a good neighbour invites us to reflect on what a local situations can say about a larger, interconnected world, and suggests that the challenges of co-existence might begin to be overcome by dialogue between individuals.

This project was initiated as a collaboration between Elmgreen & Dragset, graphic designer Rupert Smyth and artist Lukas Wassmann. Sydney joins a chain of cities reflecting on these questions, including Limerick, Belfast, Moscow, Chicago, Milan and Seoul. The Sydney billboards have been produced in partnership and with thanks to the Inner West Council, City of Parramatta and Liverpool City Council.