Australia Council at the Venice Biennale
Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale began in 1954, and since then 38 distinguished contemporary visual artists have exhibited under the Australia banner. The Venice Biennale provides Australian artists with critical international coverage, exposing them to key new audiences, markets and contexts. This exposure helps build the profile of Australian contemporary visual arts and establishes international cultural links, networks and dialogue for individual Australian artists. The Biennale represents a significant platform for the Australia Council for the Arts and our supporters to showcase contemporary Australian visual arts across global borders. Click here to find out more about previous artists.
Australia’s national participation in the Venice Biennale is managed by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s principal arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council also owns the Australian Pavilion. The Australia Council is the Commissioner for Australia at the Venice Biennale. The Venice Commissioning Panel of the Australia Council’s Board is chaired by Sam Walsh AO and includes Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Leigh Carmichael and Christine Simpson-Stokes.
Australia’s participation in each Biennale is supported by a highly successful private-public partnership. The 2019 Venice project will draw on invaluable support from the Venice Council, steered by Chair Kerry Gardner AO, comprising distinguished arts philanthropists and leaders from the contemporary visual arts community who will spearhead advocacy and fundraising efforts.