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Visual Arts: Biennales and Triennales

Resources from our collection and across the internet for our Visual Arts students, including Ceramics, Drawing, Glass, Painting, Jewellery, Printmaking, Textiles, Design in Wood, and Photography

Biennales and Triennales

A Biennale is an art exhibition that is held every two years.

A Triennale is held every three years.

The American spellings are 'biennial' and 'triennial' so you will need to search for both spellings. 

The Biennale of Sydney is a noted Australian example. The 19th exhibition or 19BOS was held in 2014 and ran for 3 months.  The BOS was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region in 1973 and, alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and documenta, is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind. Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art in the world and continues to be recognised for showcasing the freshest and most provocative art from Australia and around the world. []

Check out some of its official pages below:

Video - 19BOS

Queenstown Biennial

The biennial Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival, now known as The Unconformity, is a hand-crafted program of contemporary arts and cultural activities.



19BOS Commentary

Below is a list of online discussions or reviews concerning the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

Library Resources

TasTAFE libraries don't have many resources on the topic but if you search the UTAS library catalogue with these search terms you will find more:

* Biennale

* Biennial

* Triennial 

Below are links to the catalogue records of TasTAFE resources:

Articles from the OneFile Database

TasTAFE has an online database called General OneFile.

Log in do a search using these two terms: art biennale. Then refine the search to "Academic Articles" and tick the "full text" box and you will have over 400 articles to choose from. 

If you do another search for: art triennale, and use the same refinements you will find a few more articles.