Sydney Biennale at Cockatoo Island

Sydney Biennale is an interesting cultural event that happens every two years or so. Cockatoo Island, a former industrial site in the beautiful Sydney Harbour is one of its important venues.

The event started in 1973 with artists exhibiting at Sydney Opera House. 2010 marked its 17th edition.

The participants are Australian and international artists who show their works, some of them especially created for the biennale of Sydney.

The visitors are locals and tourists who can browse and enjoy contemporary works of art, while strolling around some of the best locations in the City.

poster of sydney biennale at cockatoo island This is the poster at the ferry wharf on Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island - an Arts Centre

Cockatoo Island, the largest island of the Sydney Harbour is a top site for this cultural event.

It is a former prison, turned docks and warehouses, turned back to prison, and back to industrial site. Shipbuilding and docking were major activities during the 20th century and especially during world war II.

The industrial facility closed in 1992. Presently it is a recreational and cultural venue.

poster of sydney biennale at cockatoo island -  view of harbour

It has preserved its industrial look with old, tired buildings. All that against the stunning backdrop of the Sydney Harbour. The unconventional look made it the perfect venue for the unconventional art of the Sydney Biennale.

Modern art is often experimental as artists share their own feelings about the world in a non traditional way and some of the ideas can be challenging.

That is why the organisers provide free tours of the works under the guidance of an art student or a volunteer familiar with the exhibits and their significance. Their explanations are welcome and unveil a fresh perspective of some of the innovative works.

The other venues of the Biennale of Sydney are the The NSW Art Gallery, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay, Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks, Artspace in Woolloomooloo.

poster of sydney biennale at the museum of contemporary art Biennale of Sydney exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art

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