Founded in 1973 by Transfield’s Chairman, Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, the Biennale of Sydney is an international showcase for contemporary art.
From the beginning its aim was to develop and present a program that challenged traditional thinking and encouraged innovative, creative expression. The event proved to be a natural fit with Sydney, reflecting the blend of experiment and enjoyment of innovation and energy that has always been a hallmark of Australia's largest city. From a small start, the Biennale is today widely considered to be among the pre-eminent global contemporary art events and Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. The 18th Biennale in 2012 attracted more than 665,000 visitors to view works by more than 100 artists from 44 countries. This represents an increase of approximately 29 per cent from 2010. The 19th Biennale of Sydney will take place in 2014 under the artistic direction of Juliana Engberg.