Visiting International Curators Program

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International Curators Program x 23rd Biennale of Sydney

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, rīvus, under the artistic directorship of curator José Roca, is articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas. The Biennale of Sydney will present 330 artworks and projects from over 80 participants at the Art Gallery of NSW, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Barangaroo, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Art School in partnership with Artspace, and Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.  

Explore the Biennale of Sydney program.

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomed the international curators participating in the International Curators Program x 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus: 

  • Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art, M+, Hong Kong 
  • Billy Tang, Executive Director and Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong 
  • Daria de Beauvais, Senior Curator, Palais De Tokyo, Paris 
  • Fu Liaoliao, Independent Curator, Shanghai 
  • Adele Tan, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 
  • Alia Swastika, Director and Curator, Jogja Biennale Foundation, Yogyakarta 
  • Rory Padeken, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver 
  • Juan Canela, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama, and Artistic Director, ZONAMACO, Mexico City 
  • Lorna Brown, Producer, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, independent curator, visual artist, writer and editor, Vancouver 
  • Dr Julie Nagam, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media, Director of Aabijijiwan New Media Lab and Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg, Artistic Director of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020 & 2022, Winnipeg 

The Australia Council International Curators Program showcases art and artists here in Australia to international tastemakers.    

The aims of the program are to raise the profile of Australia’s contemporary artists and curatorial expertise, demonstrate Australia’s growing Asia Pacific regional engagement, and develop long-term relationships which will enable new partnerships, collaborations and market development.   

Influential curators from around the globe are invited to experience major Australian contemporary art exhibitions and join a busy parallel program of studio and gallery visits, talks, performances, artist meetings and industry networking events to connect with Australian peers.    

In 2022, the Australia Council International Curators Program is delivered online, with a focus on facilitated and paid virtual studio visits between Australian artists and international curators.   

The International Curators Program 2022 is delivered in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney, with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

  • Cave Urban – Jed Long, Nici Long and Juan Pablo Pinto 
  • Clare Milledge 
  • David Haines 
  • Erin Coates 
  • Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre – Iris Bendor 
  • Jessie French 
  • Jiva Parthipan 
  • Joyce Hinterding 
  • Julie Gough 
  • Leanne Tobin 
  • Moogahlin Performing Arts – Liza-Mare Syron    
  • New Landscapes Institute – Joni Taylor 
  • Robert Andrew

The International Curators Program x 23rd Biennale of Sydney was held on Zoom, on 

Thursday, 2 June 2022 

+ Session 1 

9:00am – 11:30am Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne 

7:00am – 9:30am Perth 

6:00pm – 8:30pm (Wednesday, 1 June) Panama, Winnipeg    

5:00pm – 7:30pm (Wednesday, 1 June) Denver 

4:00pm – 6:30pm (Wednesday, 1 June) Vancouver 

Hosted by Amelia Winata, Producer (Asia Pacific), Australia Council, and Talia Linz, Curator, Artspace with José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney. 

+ Session 2 

6:30pm – 9:00pm Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne  

4:30pm – 7:00pm Perth, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore  

3:30pm – 6:00pm Yogyakarta 

10:30am – 1:00pm Paris 

3:30am – 6:00am Chicago 

Hosted by Grey Yeoh, International Engagement Consultant (Asia), Australia Council and Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney. 

9-15 March 2020

  • Nakaw Putun, Artistic Director, Pulima Art Festival and Curator, Wata, Hualien, Taiwan
  • Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial, Toronto, Canada
  • Daina Warren, Gallery Director, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Mirwan Andan, ruangrupa, artist & Artistic Directors, documenta 15, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Shubigi Rao, Curator, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India and Singapore.
  • Josh Tengan, Curator, Pu’Uhonua Society & Tropic Editions, Honolulu, USA
  • Jow Jiun Gong, Associate Professor/Director, Doctoral Program in Art Creation and Theory of Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan
  • Biung Ismahasan, Independent Curator, Taipei, Taiwan

Image credit: Foreground: Leeroy New, Flotilla, 2022. Courtesy the artist. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from the Australia-ASEAN Council and assistance from Mirvac and Parramatta Artists’ Studios. Background: Cave Urban, Flow, 2022 (detail). Courtesy the artists. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from Andrew Cameron AO and Cathy Cameron; Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Fishbone IV,2019-2022. Courtesy the artist & Green Art Gallery, Dubai. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from SAHA Association; Jessie French, The Myth of Nature –agaG1, 2021-2022. Courtesy the artist & Anaïs Lellouche. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts and assistance from the Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative. The Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria; Ana Barboza and Rafael Freyre, Water ecosystem, 2019-2022 (detail). Courtesy the artists & Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima; David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Pink Steam, 2022 (detail). Courtesy the artists & Sarah Cottier Gallery. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from the UK/Australia Season Patrons Board, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season. Installation view, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, rīvus, 2022, The Cutaway at Barangaroo. Photography: Document Photography.

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