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. In 2010, the 17th Biennale of Sydney celebrated the organisation’s 37th anniversary, and achieved record-breaking visitation of over half a million attending the event. In the 37 years from 1973 to 2010, the Biennale of Sydney has presented 17 critically acclaimed, popular and large-scale exhibitions – bringing the work of 1503 artists from 83 countries to Australia.