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Biennale of Sydney 2016

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Guide: Sue Gardiner

Tour Dates: 7 – 10 April – 3 Nights/4 Days

Including flights on Air NZ, 3 Nights accommodation, transfers as required and visits to the Biennale venues including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Cockatoo Island, the MCA, Carriageworks, Mortuary Station and Artspace.

Budget approx $2300 per person twinshare and $500 Single Supplement

The Future is Already Here – Its Just Not Evenly Distributed

The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, is titled The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. This edition of the Biennale will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ‘embassies of thought’. (An embassy traditionally functions as a state within a state: a host country characteristically allows the embassy control of a specific territory, a system that enables the occupation and creation of new spaces in other lands.) It is this metaphor we are looking to develop when thinking about the themes for the Biennale and Sydney. Understood more as temporary settings rather than fixed locales – places as transient homes for constellations of thought – the embassies are: Cockatoo Island (Embassy of the Real); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Embassy of Spirits); Carriageworks (Embassy of Disappearance); Artspace (Embassy of Non-Participation); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Embassy of Translation); and a bookshop (Embassy of Stanislaw Lem). For the first time a former train station used solely for funerary purposes, Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition) will be a Biennale venue.

Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal said: ‘If each era posits its own view of reality, what is ours? One of the key ideas this Biennale explores is how the common distinction between the virtual and the physical has become ever more elusive. The embassies are inspired by the unique locations and individual histories of the venues; they will provide safe spaces for thinking that convene for the three-month duration of the Biennale. A focus on ‘in-between spaces’ is key: in terms of our interaction with the digital world, the blurred boundaries between art forms and the interconnection between politics and financial power structures.

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Join Sue Gardiner on her pilgrimage to the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Spend time during April 2016 visiting all the key venues including the industrial yet magnificent Cockatoo Island, the MCA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Always an action packed few days of amazing and challenging art and vibrant and engaging conversation.

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Day 1

Depart Air NZ at 9.00am, arriving Sydney at 10.00am.

Today we depart to Sydney and transfer to our hotel. We will make our first Biennale visit to Artspace in Woolloomooloo. From there we will wander up to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘Embassy of Spirits’ and visit the Kaldor wing as well as all the essential Biennale works. Enjoy drinks with a local collector this afternoon before.

Day 2

Today we will spend the day at the Cockatoo Island, experiencing the ‘Embassy of the Real’. An easy walk from the hotel to Circular Quay, and a thirty minute ferry ride will have us arrive at this historic site for the day. Lunch places are available. You will be required to navigate stairs and walkways here.

Day 3

Today we visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Embassy of Translation’ and Carriageworks, ‘Embassy of Disappearance’ , as well as Mortuary Station ‘Embassy of Transition’. While at the MCA we will encounter the Grayson Perry exhibition.

Day 4

We will have time for a little morning free before heading to the airport for our mid afternoon flight home.

Depart on Air NZ 118 at 3.50pm, arriving in Auckland at 8.50pm.

*Itinerary subject to change

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