Biennale of Sydney welcomes over 771,000 visitors to 24th edition, Ten Thousand Suns

BoS Orquídeas Barrileteras Strengthening Deaf Culture 2023The 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, closed on Monday 10 June, following a record-breaking three-month run that attracted over 771,000 visitors.

White Bay Power Station, one of seven sites for the edition, was revitalized and opened to the public for the first time in over 100 years, welcoming 172,000 visitors alone, making it the most attended non-museum site in the history of the Biennale.

After 50 years of presenting the most dynamic contemporary art in Sydney’s unique cultural hot spots, the Biennale
continues to innovate, inspire, and captivate audiences, both locally and internationally.

Ten Thousand Suns featured 400 artworks by 96 exhibiting artists and collectives. The exhibition, with free admission, was presented with an eclectic program of events with 140 musicians, performers, and creatives across live music, performance art, workshops, talks, feasts, guided tours, theatre, education programs and family days.

Highlights of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, include:

  • 46 new public art commissions created specifically for this edition, including work by 14 First Nations artists commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney in partnership with the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.
  • Kuku Yalanji man and one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists Tony Albert was appointed as the inaugural Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain First Nations Curatorial Fellow to work with the First Nations artists to realise their artworks.
  • 31 international artists from 19 countries travelled to Australia for the opening week of Ten Thousand Suns to support their presentation in the 24th edition, connecting with industry, media, and audiences through media interviews, artist talks and workshops.
  • Lights On opening night – where almost 4,000 revellers celebrated the inaugural cultural activation at White Bay Power Station, dancing alongside the most dynamic contemporary art, and beneath a starry sky.
  • The music program presented in collaboration with Phoenix Central Park brought a new energy to opening
    night, Sunday Session, and Art After Dark every Wednesday evening, featuring artists like Charlotte and
    Bolis, TaikOz, Cakes Da Killa, Pookie and Waakya, and many others.
  • Family Days presented by artists living with a disability-led organisations Studio A, Amy Claire Mills, and We Are Studios, engaged kids of every age writing poems, learning a dance, building a flower garden, or colouring, drawing, and making their way through fun filled days of activities.

This year’s Biennale of Sydney ran from 9 March until 10 June 2024, and was presented at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Badu Gili sails on the Sydney Opera House, UNSW Galleries and at the iconic and recently restored White Bay Power Station.

With the artistic direction led by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero, the 24th Biennale of Sydney proposed celebration as both a method and a source of joy, inspired by legacies of collective resistance and coming together to thrive in the face of injustice. With an exhibition of contemporary art at its core, the event drew from multiple histories, voices and perspectives.

“This Biennale celebrates two extraordinary milestones: 50 years of bringing people together through the transformative power of art, and attracting the highest number of visitors in our history to a previously derelict site, opening it to the public for the first time in 100 years with its inaugural exhibition,” said Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney, Barbara Moore.

“This year’s edition, across all seven sites, not only honoured five decades of artistic innovation and community engagement, it also set a new benchmark for ways to welcome people to enjoy and participate in contemporary art and cultural diversity, while centring arts and culture by First Nations people and communities.”

We are incredibly proud of the dynamic and diverse experience the artists and supporters have offered, which have inspired and connected audiences from all walks of life. Ten Thousand Suns hosted some of the best contemporary art and ideas from around the world, complimented by music, live performances, student engagement, and family activities across 93 days.

“A huge thank you to the artists and Artistic Directors for inspiring us, and their unwavering commitment to creativity. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2026,” said Moore.

“The Biennale of Sydney continues to be an important moment to celebrate our vibrant arts and cultural scene,” said Minister for the Arts, John Graham.

“I was pleased to see the Biennale extend its footprint this year into the White Bay Power Station, as were the 172,000 visitors who took the opportunity to visit this historic site and experience it come to life with art and music.”

“This year’s program was the perfect way to celebrate the opening of the White Bay Power Station and I look forward to more arts and cultural events in this space,” said Minister Graham.

The 25th Biennale of Sydney will be presented from 7 March – 8 June 2026, with further details to be announced next year. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Orquídeas Barrileteras, Strengthening Deaf Culture, 2023, tissue paper, Installation view at White Bay Power Station. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Courtesy the artists – photo by Rohan Shearn