Rising Australian and New Zealand arts workers to gain global experience in Biennale program

Fifteen early career visual arts professionals have been selected from across Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand) to join Creative Australia’s (re)situate Biennale Delegates program.

The diverse group of delegates includes artists, curators, writers, producers, programmers, and arts workers, who will experience the  Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art  in person, connect digitally with the Yokohama Triennale and travel to Venice for this year’s Venice Biennale. The program will facilitate the exchange of ideas, spark new perspectives, and lay the groundwork for future projects and collaborations.

Creative Australia’s Executive Director First Nations Arts and Culture, Franchesca Cubillo, said:

“This is an amazing opportunity for participants to gain international exposure and bring their insights back to enrich their local communities. In 2024, we’re particularly thrilled to support six First Nations participants, offering them a unique chance to explore diverse artistic expressions and program delivery in the context of world leading visual arts events.”

The 2024 Biennale Delegates Program is offered in partnership with Creative New Zealand as well as state and territory arts funding agencies. It is delivered in collaboration with the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and Yokohama Triennale. Additional access support for successful applicants has been made possible through the generosity of the Cross Family Foundations.

Creative New Zealand’s Manager, International Services & Initiatives, Amanda Hereaka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) says sending New Zealand artists as part of the delegates programme is a direct response the needs raised by the New Zealand creative sector.

“We heard our artists wanted more development opportunities overseas, so we’re proud to be partnering with Creative Australia for the first time to make this programme happen in 2024,” Amanda says.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has been presenting at the Venice Biennale for 20 years. The Delegates Programme, along with the artists invited to be part of the International Exhibition, means there will be a record number of New Zealand artists in Venice this year – an exciting milestone for our creative community.”

The Biennale Delegates Program has been running for over 12 editions and has supported the careers of generations of Australian artists and artworkers.

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