20th Biennale of Sydney

This year's Biennale of Sydney features 83 artists and more than 200 works presented across 19 locations—including seven main sites or ‘embassies of thought’ and in-between spaces around Sydney.

We have put together a trail of five key venues but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Other notable sites include Mortuary Station which has been imagined as the Embassy of Transition and the roaming Embassy of Stanislaw Lem—a mobile book stall selling second-hand books by the author in both English and Polish.

For information on how to get around, a full list of all the venues and where you'll find the elusive Embassy of Stanislaw Lem, visit the official Biennale website.

Carriageworks, the Embassy of Disappearance
Carriageworks brings together works by artists exploring themes of absence and memory, including disappearing languages, histories, currencies and landscapes.

Artspace, the Embassy of Non-Participation
Artspace in Woolloomooloo, a former artists’ squat now renowned as a site for experimentation. For the 20th Biennale of Sydney, artist duo Karen Mirza and Brad Butler take over Artspace, considering how the act of ‘non-participation’ might also be an active, critical position.

Art Gallery of NSW, the Embassy of Spirits 
Artists at the Art Gallery of NSW explore the intersection between the spiritual and the philosophical, including works concerned with personal and religious ritual. Works presented at the Embassy of Spirits can also be considered in conversation with the Gallery’s rich collection of Asian and Indigenous Australian artwork.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the  Embassy of Translation
The Museum of Contemporary Art brings together a selection of works that contextualise historical positions, concepts and artefacts, alongside contemporary concerns and working methods. While relying on a range of different strategies, each work considers history as one material among others, restaging and reimagining it as part of the process.

Cockatoo Island, the Embassy of the Real
This former convict settlement and shipyard offers a space for artists to explore how we perceive reality in our increasingly digitised era. Artists consider the spaces between the virtual and physical, as well as the physicality of the human body.


  • Carriageworks

    Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia ...

    Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015, Australia
  • Artspace

    Artspace Visual Arts Centre is a leading international residency-based contemporary art centre, housed in the ...

    43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011, Australia
  • Art Gallery of NSW

    Explore five levels of art at one of Australia's most popular art museums, located ...

    Art Gallery Road, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

    Welcome to Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting ...

    140 George Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000, Australia
  • Cockatoo Island

    Only a short ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD is Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour’s ...

    Cockatoo Island, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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