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Australia at the Venice Biennale

Project overview

As the world’s oldest and most highly regarded exhibition of contemporary art, the Venice Biennale continues to showcase the most cutting edge and extraordinary international contemporary visual art practice from around the world. Australia’s formal participation at the Venice Biennale began in 1954. We have supported and managed the Australian representation at the Venice Biennale since 1978, engaging Australia as a key player in the visual arts internationally.

In 2019 we became the commissioner for Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale implementing an open call for proposal to exhibit within the Australia Pavilion. 41 distinguished contemporary visual artists have exhibited under the Australia banner. The career defining opportunity for artists and curators offers a high profile international exposure to new audiences, and markets, in a global context.

Delivered under the International Engagement Strategy 2021 – 2025, the full Australia at Venice project comprises of:

  • The artist(s) and curator(s) representing Australia within the Australia Pavilion under the category of National Participation at the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
  • A suite of professional development opportunities for Australia creative and cultural practitioners (this component of the project officially began in 1990).
  • A co-investment and strategic partnerships campaign to facilitate philanthropic support and engagement with cross-industry partners committed to help realise the project.


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Past projects

The Australia Pavilion

The 2015 opening of the award-winning Australia Pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall celebrated the first 21st century pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale. The Australia Pavilion provides an elegant home to showcase the best of Australia art and architecture. It is one of only 29 national pavilions within the Biennale Gardens, all built at different periods by various countries.

The development of the Australia Pavilion was made possible through a public-private partnership led by the Australia Council (now Creative Australia) with the then Commissioner Simon Mordant AM. Creative Australia owns the Australia Pavilion.

The original Australia Pavilion, designed by Philip Cox, opened in 1988 and hosted 22 artists during its lifetime.

Architecture Biennale

We have supported the Australian Institute of Architects representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale since 2006.

More information about Australia’s participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale can be found here.