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Sydney Biennale opens

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14 May 2010

The event, based on the curatorial premise of ‘The Beauty Of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age’ will be held from 12 May until 01 August 2010 and is set to present more than 440 works by 166 artists and collaborators from 36 countries.

Events will be staged across seven venues including Cockatoo Island, Pier 2/3, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Artspace and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Visitors to the event can move between the venues easily, by ferry or by foot, following the Vittoria Biennale ArtWalk. This art trail follows the Sydney Harbour foreshore, leading visitors from Pier 2/3 to the MCA, the Sydney Opera House, through the Royal Botanic Gardens on the way to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and then continuing down to Artspace at Woolloomooloo.

The Sydney Biennale was awarded ‘Australian Event of the Year’ in 2009 and the festival’s Chief Executive Officer, Marah Braye, is proud of the events track record.

Ms Braye said: "The Biennale of Sydney is very proud of its record of presenting free to the public the work of more than 1355 artists from over 82 countries. Our charter champions accessibility, inclusion and embracing cultural diversity.

"Access - both conceptual and practical - is a hallmark of the Biennale of Sydney, whose exhibition and public programs are presented free, thanks to grants from three levels of the Australian government, as well as foreign government partners and cultural funding organisations.

"In 2010, our focus has been to develop programs that facilitate access and community engagement with the visual arts."

Ms Braye went on to say the festival ‘benefits from the contributions and advocacy of a network of generous sponsors, benefactors and supporters, who make all the difference’.

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