Biennale of Sydney 2016
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/
All images © Donna Vercoe