Celebrating 45 years of the Biennale of Sydney

This evening I am speaking at the launch of the 21st Biennale of Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.  

For the last thirty years, the City of Sydney has been a proud partner of the Biennale – a platform for art and ideas which now attracts more than 600,000 visitors from around Australia and the world to our beautiful city.

Tonight, the keynote address will be given by artist and activist Ai Weiwei. His installations at Cockatoo Island and Artspace in Woolloomoolloo as well as the new film Human Flow are a poignant highlight of the Biennale – drawing our attention to the global issue of migration and displacement.

Congratulations to artistic director Mami Kataoka and the team at the Biennale of Sydney – I urge you all to explore the thought-provoking work of 70 artists and collectives from 35 countries across seven of our city’s museums, galleries and unique locations.

For more information: https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/

Image: Law of the Journey, 2017, reinforced PVC with aluminium frame, 3 x 60 x 6 m. Image courtesy the artist and Biennale of Sydney. Credit Ai Weiwei Studio.