A Stinge’s Guide to the Biennale of Sydney 2014

It’s no secret that I love art, especially public art, so I’m particularly excited about this years Biennale, which takes over Walsh Bay, Cockatoo Island, The Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, Artspace, as well as various spots around the city

The Biennale last graced Sydney in 2012, my first year in the city and I left it til a drizzly day near the very end to visit Cockatoo Island and revel in all the incredibly art installments that had taken over the island. However, and I’m still kicking myself over this, I didn’t make it to Walsh Bay and I missed out on some truly excellent exhibitions. This won’t be happening again, as I plan to take in as much of this Biennale as possible, especially these venues:

Cockatoo Island

Art is dispersed throughout Cockatoo Island, from massive installations that take up whole rooms of warehouses, to tiny surprises hidden in corners – making the exhibition about much more than just the art.

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I’m excited to see this piece by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger – I adore the bright colours and intricate detail on the birds.

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Oh my god! A little train ride, devised by Callumn Morton – this is right up my ally, I love interactive art!

There is also a Biennale Bootcamp that runs from March 30 through June 8, it’s free to attend, although all participants will need to purchase their own ferry tickets and they recommend you be of a moderate level of fitness. Art will definitely make this training session far more enjoyable – plus it’s FREE FITNESS TRAINING! Do you even know how much a PT costs these days?

To visit Cockatoo Island, you can book a $7 return ferry ticket via the Biennale website in advance, or if you choose to visit the exhibition on a whim, you can catch a regular ferry from Circular Quay for approximately $12 return.

Carriageworks

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Located on the back side of Redfern station, Carriageworks spends most of it’s year looking pretty eerie and ominous, with only really Seven West Media employees and the odd Eveleigh Market visitor passing through. But during Biennale, Carriageworks is bound to come to life, with several installations, as well as several free artist talks and a few panels. I’m excited to see how they do up the space, it’s got such potential.

Visit on a Saturday and pop by the Eveleigh Markets for brunch on the way. Now that’s a perfect Saturday!

Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art

The two main galleries in Sydney have installed a series of portraits, paintings, sculptures and video art (I hate video art) as part of Biennale, which makes them the perfect places to spend those upcoming drizzly days. It appears entrance to the galleries is free, at least there’s no information about cost on the website – so I’d say it’s free!

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Deborah Kelly has a range of portraits that I can’t wait to see.

I’m also keen to pop into the Artspace in Woolloomooloo and enjoying the pop up events around the city.

What are you looking forward to at this years Biennale?

The Biennale of Sydney began on 21 March and runs through until 9 June, 2014. Visit their website for more information.