Every Wednesday throughout the exhibition from 5–9 pm you can experience the 23rd Biennale of Sydney at Barangaroo late into the night alongside a variety of weekly programs inspired by the works and themes of rīvus.

Stay the whole night and experience everything or choose your own adventure. Gather and walk with friends, participate in performance and watch cutting-edge contemporary films from around the world.

Grab a drink at the bar with P&V Wines or at Galleria Campari and grab a burger at Mary’s in The Cutaway.

To celebrate our first Art After Dark, all walks, talks, films and performances are free!




Art After Dark – Spirit Streams 

Dates & Times
Wednesday, 16 March 2022

5–9 pm

Spirit Streams unearths the concealed wisdom and spirit energies of the watery pathways that shape the landscape. Conceived as the arteries of nature, Spirit Streams are the narrow channels that support the flow of culture, information, story and life.

5.30 pm – Gathering (walk) with Hannah Donnelly
Meet at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and walk together to The Cutaway at Barangaroo. Entangled spirits, restricted access to ancestral water, creation beings where salt meets freshwater, reflect on projects by First Nation participants at Pier 2/3 and The Cutaway at Barangaroo.

6–6.45 pm – Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari  (live music)

Campari has collaborated with Sydney musician and composer Megan Alice Clune to bring you Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari. Megan has curated a 13 week program of experimental, ambient and new classical music from both emerging and established Sydney/NSW musicians that will be framed with projections by artist, Carla Zimbler.  Join us in Galleria Campari and experience the diverse landscape of Sydney and NSW music alongside mesmerising projections. 

Performance by Alexandra Spence starts at 6.15 pm.

6–6.30 pm – Knowledge Holders (talk) with Dean Kelly
At The Cutaway at Barangaroo, connect with renowned cultural guide, storyteller and proud Yuin Walbunja, Dhurga, Gurung, Wailwin and Nypampi man, Dean Kelly, as he shares captivating stories of Country and of place by the waters edge.

6.45–7.15 pm – Assembly (performance) with Jumana Emil Abboud
Livestream performance from 23rd Biennale of Sydney participant Jumana Emil Abboud.

A vow: I let my feet fall in the spring; so shallow and yet I’m afraid. I say a few words in prayer and acknowledgment. Water-spirit, spirit-water. My words are offered in protection and in respect. The intangible carrier of memories, creator of stories – even those yet to pass. I promise to look after and care for you; to honour your being from this second forward as others – of human and non-human grace – have done before me since time immemorial.

7.30 pm – Projector (film)
The Serpent’s Tale (2021)
30 min
Director: Anne Poelina

“In a time of climate change, and great uncertainty, where two-thirds of our world’s rivers no longer flow. Water scarcity and the destruction of rivers and living water systems will become more reliant on Indigenous law, science, and wisdom as being critical to right-sizing planetary health and wellbeing. Traditional custodians and guardians within the Fitzroy Catchment (Kimberley) from six independent nations have come together through the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council to share the creation story of the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River). Our water leadership knowledge and governance of living waters both surface and underground are validated by western science, to promote an ethics of care and love for the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River. It is also the largest registered Aboriginal cultural heritage site in Western Australia. Stand with us to protect our sacred ancestor.” (Prof. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Warrwa Martuwarra, Guardian).

Register here


Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
Gathering (walk)

The Waterhouse at Barangaroo (Level 1)
Knowledge Holders (talk)
Assembly (performance)
Projector (film)

The Cutaway at Barangaroo (Ground Level)
Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari (live music)

Programs for the first Art After Dark on Wednesday 16 March are free, registration is essential

Exhibition entry is free

Wednesdays Up Late at Galleria Campari is free to attend, no bookings required

The Biennale of Sydney strives to make all events accessible. You can advise us of your access requirements when booking online, by email or calling our box office on 02 8484 8702.

Box Office Opening Hours
Monday – Friday
9 am–4 pm
02 8484 8702
Email – art@biennaleofsydney.com.au

Participant Biographies

Jumana Emil Abboud

Born 1971 in Nazareth, Occupied Palestinian Territories Lives and works in London, England and Jerusalem, Occupied Palestinian Territories Jumana Emil Abboud uses drawing, video, performance, objects and text to navigate themes of memory, loss and resilience. Her interests lie in oral histories, the investigation of personal and collective stories and mythologies, particularly, folk tales and their sites of being and unbeing. Her work has often reflected a Palestinian cultural landscape, in which the struggle for continuity amid the wider political context necessitates a constant process of metamorphosis and ingenuity.

Hannah Donnelly

Hannah Donnelly is Producer, First Nations Programs at Information + Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.), Parramatta. Hannah is an award-winning Wiradjuri writer and producer interested in Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. Most recently she was Head Curator of Aboriginal Programs at Carriageworks. She worked as a producer on Next Wave Festival 2018 and Laukatim Solwara AsiaTOPA 2017, and was also a lead artist in Refuge, an Emergency Relief Centre simulation produced and directed by Arts House and City of Melbourne. I.C.E., a partner for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, is a community-based contemporary arts organisation situated on the lands of the Burramattagal people and clans of the Darug Nation and a territory linked to the historical and political significance of waterways in Australia.

Dean Kelly

I am Dean Kelly and identify as a South Coast NSW Saltwater Yuin, Walbunja, Dhoorga Gurandji cultural man through my father, and Western NSW Freshwater stone country cultural Wailwan, Nypampai Man through my mother. I was born in Sydney NSW on Gadigal land in 1967. I am member of the Botany Bay Aboriginal Community and am also accepted as belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal Community and a member of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. I am a Cultural Practitioner who enjoys sharing my knowledge of Aboriginal culture & heritage, which has been passed down through my family for countless generations.

Alexandra Spence

Alexandra Spence is a sound artist and musician living on unceded Wangal Country in Sydney, Australia. Through her practice Alex attempts to reimagine the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. Her aesthetic favours field recordings, analogue technologies and object interventions. Alex has presented her work in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America including Vancouver Art Gallery; BBC Radio 3 & 4; Ausland, Berlin; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Sound Forms Festival, HK; MCA ARTBAR, Firstdraft Gallery, Soft Centre and Liveworks Festival, with Liquid Architecture, Sydney. She has released her music with labels Room40, Longform Editions, More Mars (w. MP Hopkins) and Canti Magnetici.

Dr Anne Poelina

Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, lower Fitzroy River, in Western Australia. An adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Nulungu Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, Poelina has worked on issues of environmental and cultural protection in the Kimberley of Western Australia. Poelina is the Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council, an organisation which brings together the Traditional Owners of the River to advocate for the right to life of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River.