Biennale of Sydney 2016

Cockatoo Island

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY AT COCKATOO ISLAND

The Biennale of Sydney is always a good excuse to visit Cockatoo Island.  Originally established as a convict penal establishment for re-offending convicts, it was then site of one of Australia's biggest shipyards in the 1800s.  (Along with its industrial history, it also served for a time as an industrial school for girls!)  It served as one of the main ship repair facilities during WWII.  Since being decommissioned, and then becoming a UNESCO world-heritage-site in 2010, Cockatoo Island has enjoyed hosting numerous events in its retirement.  One such event is the Biennale, held every other year at various venues around Sydney.  Cockatoo Island is the largest venue; its large industrial spaces a great space for large-scale art installations.

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, I don't profess to know much about art.  Some of it completely flummoxes me!  Though I do appreciate the large-scale art that interacts with its space, and can appreciate the time and effort gone into the works.  Some of the large pieces are impressively physically labour intensive.  At any rate, it is always a joy to wander around Cockatoo Island... a mini escape, as it were.  One point I will make, is to pack snacks.  I went early in the week, and there were not many options for food.  Very disappointing, having made the climb to the top of the island, only to discover there was no food.  (If one wanted a true convict experience...)  There are plenty of green spaces to sit and enjoy the view, so take some treats!

Cockatoo Island is located in the middle of Sydney Harbour and is easily accessed by ferries.  The Biennale of Sydney runs from 18 March - 5 June.  For more information, visit their website: https://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/20bos/

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Lee Bul

Ming Wong

Ming Wong

Karakrit Arunanondchai

Karakrit Arunanondchai

Architectural details of industrial building on-site

Architectural details of industrial building on-site

Architectural details of industrial building on-site

Architectural details of industrial building on-site

Architectural details of industrial building on-site

Architectural details of industrial building on-site

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

Chiharu Shiota - site-specific, large-scale installations - overheard that this took 12 days to install the complex weaving... very impressive!

Chiharu Shiota - site-specific, large-scale installations - overheard that this took 12 days to install the complex weaving... very impressive!

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota

Maaike Schoorel

Maaike Schoorel

Maaike Schoorel

Maaike Schoorel

Convict precinct

Convict precinct

Island vegetation

Island vegetation

Leftover from ship design era

Leftover from ship design era

All ready for overnight camping

All ready for overnight camping

Cockatoo Island ferry wharf

Cockatoo Island ferry wharf

Ferry wharf... time to go home!

Ferry wharf... time to go home!

All images © Donna Vercoe