23rd Biennale Of Sydney

With an almost 40-year legacy as one of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, we are thrilled to officially usher in a new era of exciting new projects under the NEW ACE, Arts and Cultural Exchange name.

We invite you to come and celebrate this milestone with us, with incredible NEW events: rīvus at ACE from 4 Mar – June 13, a FREE Biennale Opening Party on 4th March at ACE! And more. Read on.

Open to the public 4 March – 13 June, ACE will present a series of contemporary works by Dharug and International artists as a part of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus. This marks our historic first time as an official partner of the Biennale of Sydney! 

rīvus, investigates the role of rivers, wetlands, and other salt and freshwater ecosystems as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency. 


rīvus at ACE – 4 Mar-13 Jun, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

Voice of the Burramatta 2022 by the Burramatta River, and spoken by cultural practitioner, founder of Dharug Allies for Nura Alliance and the Chairperson of Dharug Strategic Management Group (DSMG) Julie Bukari (Webb). A powerful digital work exploring the sacred energy of the Parramatta River, known as Burramatta (where the eels lie down), where freshwater meets saltwater.

Ngalawan – We Live, We Remain by multidisciplinary artist Leanne Tobin who is of Irish, English and Aboriginal heritage descending from the Buruberong and Wumali clands of the Dharug. This durational work will be presented in the Front Room at ACE.

Running of the Eels by Leanne Tobin, a new video work that remembers a time of great ceremony and strange migratory patterns. The eels lay down, awaiting a king tide and full moon.

And Balete by Manila-based multidisciplinary artist Leeroy New, famously known for creating Lady Gaga’s “muscle dress” a site-specific work, using recycled, organic and industrial materials wrapping around the facade of the ACE building. The form is based on the organic root formations of the iconic Balete tree of Southeast Asia – set to be one of the most ambitious temporary public works ever presented in Western Sydney!

Balete by Manila-based multidisciplinary artist Leeroy New
Costume and body performance by Filipinx artist Red Rey in collaboration with Manila-based artist Leeroy New
Ngalawan – We Live, We Remain by multidisciplinary artist Leanne Tobin

Barbershop x Biennale – Thurs 26 May – 11 June

3-week pop-up of ACE’s Barbershop featuring Barber Charles Lomu, braider Lucy Lomu, and program students and alumni. Drop in Thursday and Friday evenings 6 to 9 pm, and Saturdays 11 to 2pm, for a fade or braid and enjoy local artists including Dandana band, and Sweatshop Literacy Movement.

Just pay what you can! Just drop in, and sit back, no booking required.

@ice_org_au, 8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta.

Charles Lomu’s Story: Barbering for Change

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Truth Telling Session – Sat 30 April 12-4 pm

ACE invites you to a very special First Nations panel discussion led by Dharug Knowledge Holders and Myall Creek Memorial Committee, participants of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney. The committee have worked over 20 years to establish the Myall Creek Memorial site, raising awareness of the Myall Creek Massacre and to understand the truth of our shared history. 

In this session members of the National Committee will exchange stories of frontier conflict and healing with Dharug custodians of the Parramatta area and Western Sydney.

Their one-of-a-kind annual commemoration weekend will be held on Saturday the 30th of April between 12 and 4pm, and all are invited to this ongoing program of learning, sharing, and truth-telling. 

This session includes a light lunch. First Nations people no charge; tickets $20 and limited so reserve yours now.

8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

ACE FREE rīvus Opening Party – Fri 4 March 7 pm

You are invited to join us for a FREE official opening party with DJ sets, food and drinks, contemporary art, and a celebration of Dharug culture.  The people and clans of the Dharug are the traditional custodians of the land in which ACE is situated in Western Sydney. 

The Party starts with a Welcome and Ceremony by Dharug Cultural Practitioners Julie Bukari Jones (Webb), and Peta Strachan, and a Jannawi Dance Clan performance. See Leanne Tobin’s participatory weaving wall Ngalawan (2022) overlay on her son Shay Tobin’s work Burramatta Badu (2021), and costume and body performance by Filipinx artist Red Rey in collaboration with Manila-based artist Leeroy New. 

Join an embroidery tutorial from ACE’s Embroiderers’ Collective, and hear Hyperpop EDM madness with DJ Sol Yoga.

Although FREE, Tickets are limited so reserve yours now, before they book out!

New Age Noise Collective – Sun 13 Mar 11 am

Join New Age Noise Collective for FREE LIVE MUSIC SESSION, fusing synth, guitar, MIDI, and found recordings in an improvised response to the theme of rīvus and The Cutaway’s Biennale of Sydney exhibition.

Head to The Cutaway at Barangaroo, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct for 11 am.

Ailsa Liu, Alessandra Femenias, Annais Paris, Liliana Occhiuto, and Sol Yoga’s one-off performance won’t be re-staged.

Experimental Sound at it’s best! Free, no registration – just turn up! More info HERE

@ice_org_au @biennalesydney @newagenoisecollective @barangaroosydn