Inside The Waterhouse will focus on the decentring of voice, the importance of agency, our multispecies teachers and gifting learnings gathered across the exhibition period that have enabled generative relationships and knowledge sharing.  

Reflecting an innovative and forward-thinking approach to an integrated public and exhibition program, The Waterhouse is a blueprint for reflecting upon what it means to build an exhibition, holistically – together.

The Waterhouse has been a critical part of 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus offering mindful moments of sharing and reflection. The Waterhouse has been built by Lleah Smith, Curator, Programs and Learning in direct collaboration with José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney and the Curatorium. 


Dates & Times 

Sunday, 5 June 2022
11 am–12.15 pm

Performance by Mish Mish & David Huggins



The Waterhouse, The Cutaway at Barangaroo (Level 1)

Free, registrations essential

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Participant Bios

Lleah Smith

Lleah Smith is a pedagogical practitioner. She has worked across Australia and India since 2011. At the core of her practice is an interest in collaboration and knowledge exchange where ‘learning’ is the medium, the artwork and the education.  
Smith is fascinated by the ‘educational-turn’ in contemporary art-making and the radical changes and pedagogical shifts impacting how we teach and how we learn.  
She engages in making, writing and research and is the current Curator, Programs and Learning at the Biennale of Sydney. Smith is also a Teaching Associate at Monash University.  

David Huggins

David Huggins began dancing while completing his psychology degree in New Zealand. After graduating from a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, he worked consistently with Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange in Melbourne, performing nationally and internationally with the company.

Huggins has also worked for other artists including Douglas Wright, Xavier Le Roy, Rhiannon Newton and Martin Del Amo. Aside from his work as a dancer, Huggins has begun to explore his own choreographic interests through various residencies, including PAF (France), NES (Iceland) and Movement Art Practice (New Zealand). He creates works that acknowledge and interact with the situations (the stories and histories of the place, its people, audience expectations, available technologies and objects) in which they are made.

Mish Mish

Ankit Mishra is a video and music producer, director of photography and accredited drone operator based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked across Australia and India since 2011. At the core of his practice is an interest in collaboration and storytelling using audio and video as his mediums.