Three new artworks to create a legacy for Sydney

The City of Sydney has extended its partnership with one of the world’s most prestigious Biennales to deliver three new permanent public artworks for Sydney.

The City will partner with the Biennale of Sydney to acquire up to three artworks, each worth $310,000 for the acquisition, installation and on-going conservation, for the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Biennales in 2020, 2022 and 2024.

The partnership has already resulted in two artworks for Sydney from the 2014 and 2016 bi-annual events – a twilight video walk around The Rocks by internationally acclaimed Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, and a choreographed laneway artwork in Surry Hills by Sydney-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape.

These legacy project artworks continue to be enjoyed by many visitors and Sydneysiders. The Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), Mami Kataoka, is currently investigating legacy projects for the forthcoming edition of the Biennale, which opens to the public on 16 March.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Biennale’s ongoing success demonstrated the level of community support for contemporary art in Sydney. “People want to be inspired, challenged and delighted by art and our partnership with the Biennale of Sydney ensures our city will continue to experience public artworks and support and encourage the artists who create them,” said the Lord Mayor.

“These new Biennale artworks will be a welcome addition to our growing collection of permanent and temporary public artworks. I look forward to working with the Biennale of Sydney to select artworks that will enliven our city in the next six years.”

“Art plans an enormous role in any great city. We’re committed to providing brilliant artworks that support Sydney’s role as a cultural and creative capital – attracting visitors, encouraging businesses to settle here, and making our city a lively and inspiring place for people to spend time in,” added the Lord Mayor.

The Biennale of Sydney will oversee the development and delivery of up to three artworks, which will feature in each of the three-month biennale events and become part of the City Art permanent collection afterwards.

In 2014, the City of Sydney-Biennale of Sydney partnership presented The City of Forking Paths by Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures-Miller. More than 800 visitors have experienced the hour-long twilight video walk around the historic area of The Rocks.

Presented as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), Here, An Echo by Agatha Gothe-Snape captures memories and experiences of place. It was created after extensive research, conversations, performances, and walks in the lead up to and during the Biennale – manifesting as a series of 14 words and phrases that appear on permanent display in Wemyss Lane, Surry Hills.

For 45 years, the Biennale of Sydney has invited artistic directors to create a major exhibition showcasing contemporary art from Australia and around the world across a number of Sydney’s leading cultural venues and public sites. The 2016 Biennale contributed more than $40 million to the economy and was attended by over 640,000 people.

The 2018 Biennale of Sydney runs 16 March – 11 June. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures-Miller, The City of Forking Paths – courtesy of City of Sydney