Biennale of Sydney

Suzanne Lacy, 'The Circle and the Square', 2016, performance, video installation, one year project, three-day performance, one week video installation. Courtesy the artist. Produced by Super Slow Ways. Photograph: Graham Kay


Education programs at the Biennale of Sydney engage with current thinking in contemporary art practice to promote and stimulate a deeper understanding of biennials and the work of artists today.

For Educators

From the outset, biennials have been conceived as providing an alternative to the models of display and knowledge production that were traditionally formed within the museum1

Through talks, tours, resources, workshops and panel discussions, schools and educators can gain insights into one of the world’s longest running international contemporary art events and its place in the city and region.

A conduit to the 21st Biennale of Sydney for you and your students, find learning resources and information to help plan your visit, information about artists’ projects, a series of mini essays about the curatorial themes of the exhibition in context and a series of studio projects, which look at a single artwork and offer you ways of working with ideas and practice.

1 ‘Nikos Papastergiadis and Meredith Martin, ‘Biennials as Platforms for Social Exchange’, in Elena Filipovic, Marieke Van Hal, Solveig Øvstebø (eds.), The Biennial Reader: The Bergen Biennial Conference, Hatje Cantz and Bergen Kunsthall, 2010 , p. 37

Learning Resources

Access past education kits and adaptable learning resources for the 21st Biennale of Sydney.

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School Visits

School visits to the Biennale of Sydney, either educator-led or self-guided, are always free.

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Education eNews

Subscribe to the Biennale of Sydney’s Education eNews to receive regular updates on our learning programs and resources to use with your students.

Education e-News is accompanied by a Biennale Chapter. Drawing from the Biennale of Sydney Archive, these short essays look at a key work in relation to that year’s curatorial premise. Since the Biennale’s inception in 1973, the exhibition has brought a comprehensive cross-section of creative practice to Australia, and fostered dialogue between Australian artists, audiences and the world. The 21st Biennale reviews this history and its importance in today’s culture.

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