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NIRIN reopens with extended dates | ARTLECTURE

NIRIN reopens with extended dates

-June 16 – September 06, 2020, Biennale of Sydney-

by The 22nd Biennale of Sydney
NIRIN reopens with extended dates
-June 16 – September 06, 2020, Biennale of Sydney-
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The Biennale of Sydney has announced that the physical exhibition spaces of NIRIN, the biennale’s 22nd edition, will reopen from June 16, with some venues opening from 1 June 2020....

“As we grapple with the effects of the coronavirus crisis, it is right that art is at the centre of our recovery – and I look forward to visiting the Biennale of Sydney soon,” said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore about the reopening of NIRIN.

Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley

Sydney, Australia: The Biennale of Sydney announced today that NIRIN, its 22nd edition, will be reopening from 16 June, with some venues opening from 1 June 2020. Following an announcement by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen in June, the Biennale of Sydney rallied partner arts organisations to extend the exhibition period for NIRIN. The free contemporary art exhibition presented across greater Sydney was previously scheduled to conclude on June 08, 2020.

Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley

Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, this year’s Biennale, which is artist and First Nations-led, showcases more than 700 artworks by 101 artists and collectives from around the world. The exhibition opened to unprecedented acclaim in March but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, closed to the public after only 10 days. Barbara Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney said: ‘Now, more than ever, we need art to connect, collaborate and heal – all core themes of NIRIN. Reopening the 22nd Biennale of Sydney with extended exhibition dates gives people an opportunity to enjoy some of the best contemporary art from around the world, and there is no better way to do that than through a physical experience.’

Image courtesy of Zan Wimberley

‘Audiences will be able to see Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens’ powerful installation in the vestibule of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visitors can immerse themselves in Gamilaroi/Gomeroi Murri Yinah artist Barbara McGrady’s extensive photographic archive at Campbelltown Arts Centre and Tennant Creek Brio’s dynamic series of paintings at Artspace. At the MCA, video works by Aziz Hazara and Erkan Özgen can be experienced as the artists envisaged them, and visitors to Cockatoo Island will have the complete sensory experience of Ibrahim Mahama’s large scale installation in the Turbine Hall. There is so much more to experience, and there is plenty of time to see it all.’

Image courtesy of Hannah Catherine Jones

Image courtesy of Tennant Creek Brio, Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre

Image courtesy of Tony Albert and Sullivan+Strumpf

The Biennale of Sydney is aligning with the Government’s recommended safety protocols for the physical exhibition, working closely with all exhibition partners to ensure the Biennale remains a safe place to visit with strict social distancing and hygiene protocols in place.

all images/words ⓒ the artist(s) and organization(s)


The 22nd Biennale of Sydney will be open free to the public from 16 June to September 06, 2020. Exhibition dates at each venue are as follows:

Art Gallery of New South Wales June 01 – September 27, 2020
Artspace June 01 – September 27, 2020
Campbelltown Arts Centre June 01 – October 11, 2020
Cockatoo Island June 16 – September 06, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia June 16 – September 06, 2020 (closing date TBC)

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