Wednesday, 9 March – Friday, 11 March 2022

As an arts professional, Vernissage is your opportunity to meet participants, network with industry peers and see Australia’s leading contemporary art event before it opens to the general public.

The locations for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney are:

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
    10 am – 5 pm daily
  • Barangaroo
    10 am – 5 pm daily
  • The Cutaway
    10 am – 3 pm Wednesday and Thursday
    10 am – 5 pm Friday
  • Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House
    The Great Animal Orchestra on the Opera House sails
    7.30 pm – midnight daily
  • Information + Cultural Exchange
    10 am – 4 pm daily
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
    10 am – 5 pm
  • National Art School in partnership with Artspace
    10 am – 5 pm daily
  • Walsh Bay Arts Precinct including Pier 2/3
    10 am – 5 pm daily

The Vernissage program includes:

8-9 March, 2022

UTS Great Hall
REMIX Sydney Summit – Culture, Technology & Entrepreneurship
Explore the future of the Creative Industries, Creative Places and the Creative Economy. 50+ speakers including former Creative Director of Apple as well as Industrial, Light & Magic (Lucasfilm / Disney), RONE, Airbnb, ACMI, Pub Choir, TikTok, Science Gallery Melbourne, HOTA, The LUME, YouTube, Sydney Opera House & many more. Both in-person and online tickets are available for the return of Australia’s largest creative industries summit as well as bursaries for creatives impacted by the pandemic.

Biennale of Sydney Vernissage guests can save 25% on tickets (use the code BIENNALE25)

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Wednesday, 9 March 2022

The Cutaway at Barangaroo

10 am–5 pm – The Great Animal Orchestra
Currently closed for maintenance. Reopening at 3 pm

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11 am – Artist Talk – Badger Bates
11.45 am – Artist Talk – Leanne Tobin
12.30 pm – Artist Talk – Jessie French

Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
1.30 pm – Artist Talk – Duke Riley
2.15 pm – Artist Talk – Julie Gough
3 pm – Artist Talk – Clare Milledge


Thursday, 10 March 2022

The Cutaway at Barangaroo
10 am–12 pm – The Great Animal Orchestra

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11.00 am – Artist Talk – Nicole Foreshew
11.45 am – Artist Talk – Diana Scherer
12.30 pm – Artist Talk – Haines and Hinterding
3–9.30 pm – Performance: Mike Parr Blind painting of a falling tree

Mike Parr Blind painting of a falling tree

Registrations are essential to attend. You may leave as you wish and we ask all visitors to please enter The Cutaway in silence and continue to be silent for the performance. All devices please be switched to silent mode.


Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
British Council x Biennale of Sydney Artist Talks at
Join the Biennale of Sydney in collaboration with the British Council Australia in a series of Artist Talks from Hanna Tuulikki, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey and David Haines & Joyce Hinterding.
Registrations are required. Click here to register.

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Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
1.30 pm – Artist Talk – Moogahlin Performing Arts
2.15 pm – Artist Talk – Aluaiy Kaumakan
3 pm – Artist Talk – Erin Coates

Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025 
‘7000 Oaks’ – Then and Now
2 –4 pm
Biennale of Sydney, Goethe Institut Sydney & Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia. present a panel discussion as part of Vernissage, held at the Goethe Institut Sydney
Registrations are required.

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NAS Gallery
6-7 pm
23rd Biennale of Sydney Participants Erin Coates, Jessie French and Teho Ropeyarn in conversation with Paschal Daantos Berry and Talia Linz (Biennale of Sydney Curatorium)


Friday, 11 March 2022

The Cutaway at Barangaroo
10 am–5 pm – The Great Animal Orchestra 

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Ramsay Foundation
262 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
10 am – Barbara Flynn, curator, speaking about the artwork by William Brian ‘Badger’ Bates, Sharing Barkandji stories of land, water and sky, 2022, forged steel gates and ceiling painting for the Paul Ramsay Foundation, joined by Bates and the team that collaborated on the artworks, including fabricator of the gates, Matt Mewburn of Eveleigh Works and architect Gabriele Ulacco. Introduction by Ruby Langton-Batty, member of the Foundation’s legal team and Biennale of Sydney board member.

The three panel-configuration of the gates tells the stories that are critical to the world view of the Barkandji people: of the Barka (Darling River), the lifeblood of the Barkandji people; the Ngatyi (Rainbow Serpent); Seven Sisters; Makwarra, or eagle; and the Kilparra, or crow. The ceiling painting tells the story of the emu in the sky in black and white, the colours of the works in linocut for which Bates is renowned. These are stories that are universal and shared by Aboriginal people Australia-wide.
No registration required.

The Cutaway at Barangaroo
11 am – Artist Talk – D Harding
11.45 am – Artist Talk – Juliana Gongora Rojas
12.30 pm – Artist Talk – Ackroyd & Harvey

Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
1.30 pm – Artist Talk – New Landscapes Institute
2.15 pm – Artist Talk – Embassy of the North Sea
3 pm – Artist Talk – Casino Wake Up Time

Keep checking this page … New talks and programs will be added as confirmed!