About Us

The Biennale of Sydney is a non-profit organisation that engages Australian and international audiences with challenging and innovative contemporary art from around the world, promotes cultural exchange and inspires audiences to experience art, themselves and their world in new and creative ways. Held every two years, the Biennale exhibition runs for three months, with an accompanying program of artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours, family days and other special events.

Initiated by Founding Governor Franco Belgiorno-Nettis AC CBE and supported by Founding Patron Transfield Holdings, the inaugural Biennale of Sydney was held in 1973 as part of the program of events celebrating the opening of the Sydney Opera House. The Biennale of Sydney was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region and, alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and documenta, is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative contemporary art, showcasing the work of nearly 1800 artists from more than 100 countries.

Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art and continues to be recognised for showcasing inspirational and challenging art from Australia and around the world.

The Biennale of Sydney Ltd (ABN 74 001 614 384) is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) on the Register of Cultural Organisations under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. This Company is exempt from income tax under section 50-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. NSW Charitable Fundraising Authority 10662