Just last week the Biennale Of Sydney was determined and confident that would be able to proceed safely in the face of COVID-19. Sadly, as of Tuesday morning it became clear this would no longer be possible.
The nearly 50 year long tradition will now be closure the doors to all of its public exhibitions and will instead be exploring new, innovative ways to showcase the more than 700 artworks from 101 different artists/collectives included in this years program, NIRIN.
“We remain steadfastly committed to the artists and communities we serve by moving to a digital program,” read their statement, “Working with long-time Biennale partner Google – and in a first for the Biennale Of Sydney – audiences around the world will be able to engage with NIRIN on the Google Arts & Culture platform.”
Perhaps as a positive consequence of the move the exhibition may now be more accessible than ever.
“Creating a virtual Biennale will bring the exhibition and programs to life through live content, virtual walk-throughs, podcasts, interactive Q&As, curated tours and artist takeovers.”
The decision to move online rather than cancelling was made because, “At times like these, it is more important than ever that we find ways to connect, to help each other, listen, collaborate and heal – all core themes of NIRIN.” (JA)
Until Jun 8. More Info: www.biennaleofsydney.art