|June 27, 2012||to||September 16, 2012|
18th Sydney Biennale 2012 – all our relations. View some of the fantastic installations in the Biennale of Sydney 2012 below
- 27 June – 16 September 2012
- Cockatoo Island, AGNSW, MCA, Carriageworks, Pier 2/3
Biennale of Sydney 2012 will host an extensive public program of free artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours and family events.
Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster are joint Artistic Directors for the 18th Biennale of Sydney.
At Pier 2/3, subtitled as above, as below, Canadian artists Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden will present Earth and Sky (2008). Their large-scale banner suspended above the cavernous space of Pier 2/3
Cockatoo Island for the third time will be a major exhibition venue. Seventy-two (72) works by 55 artists will be spread across the atmospheric island. Free Ferries run to Cockatoo Island for the BOS 2012.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales returns as a major venue in 2012 and will present 27 artists and 90 artworks. Subtitled In Finite Blue Planet, the artists featured at the Art Gallery of New South Wales explore the idea of the macrocosm, sometimes picturing the planet from afar with its movements of migration and globalisation.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will present 26 artists and 47 artworks in its newly redeveloped gallery spaces. At the MCA, subtitled Possible Composition, many artists bring together disparate elements, or reassemble disjointed parts to create something new from something broken or unexpected.
Carriageworks will present two Australian premieres by Belgian dance ensemble Rosas, titled En Atendant and Cesena, under the direction of renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens will also collaborate on Cesena, in addition to presenting a site-specific work at Carriageworks for the duration of the exhibition.
Art Lounges and Learning Zones
For the duration of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Art Lounges on Cockatoo Island and at Pier 2/3 will provide visitors with a place to sit and connect with the ideas behind the exhibition. Furnished with comfortable seating and flat screen televisions allowing visitors to access videos of artist interviews and other resources, the Art Lounges will provide visitors with information about artists, artworks and other Biennale programs.
Artist Talks and Guided Tours.
Biennale 2012 continues its successful program of daily Guided Tours and weekly Mystery Tours of Cockatoo Island hosted by a number of celebrity tour guides. For the first time, the Biennale will offer school students special Education Guided Tours on weekday mornings with trained Art Activators.
Opening Week Symposium: all our relations will be hosted by the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday, 28 June and Friday, 29 June from 9.30 am–5.00 pm
Closing Week Events
The public program will conclude with a Closing Week Symposium from 14–15 September at Carriageworks, where academics, writers, performers and Biennale artists will reflect further on the thematic ideas of the exhibition and future directions for contemporary art and culture.
Also during closing week, Carriageworks presents two Australian premieres by Belgian dance ensemble Rosas, titled En Atendant and Cesena, under the direction of renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens will also collaborate on Cesena, in addition to presenting a site-specific work at Carriageworks for the duration of the exhibition. Tickets are available now at carriageworks.com.au.
All photographic images are ©copyright MiSociety 2012 and may not be reproduced without permission. How to purchase photographs
Some of the BOS 2012 artists include:
- Interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity
- Thailand’s Pinaree Sanpitak
- Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya
- New Zealand born artist Tiffany Singh
- Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde; and
- Indigenous Australian (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi) Jonathan Jones