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Biennale – a must on the Bunbury arts calendar

Biennale exhibition, people at entrance with coloured umbrellas

The Biennale is Bunbury’s major exhibition of contemporary Western Australia art and for the first time in history explores a theme He|She|They: an exploration of gender identity.

Opening Saturday 6 March at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, the exhibition will explore notions of inclusion and diversity, celebrating the heterogeneity of gender within WA culture and community.

Bunbury Biennale: He | She | They, Opening night 6th March, 6pm

In total 37 West Australian artists will explore the theme with performance, painting, photography, sculpture, video and more.

BRAG Director Dr Joanne Baitz said the gallery had a responsibility to articulate a regional conversation around complex global issues.

“The exhibition is about the importance of inclusion, diversity and belonging in this time of shifting notions of gender,” Dr Baitz said.

Curator Caro Lunel echoed this saying the exhibition had great depth and was rich in subject matter.

“It is about breaking the conformity of concepts, pushing boundaries and generating new ways of seeing so we can evolve in our understanding,” Ms Lunel said.

Accompanying the Bunbury Biennale this year is an exciting program of events, artist talks and workshops.

These events provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with the exhibition in new ways and learn from the artists themselves.

Biennale Exhibition audience Biennale Exhibition, man viewing artwork

In his third Bunbury Biennale contribution, artist Christophe Canato said the theme was a relevant topic in today’s society and that he was proud to be involved.

“I think Bunbury bringing this topic to the forefront is extremely remarkable – especially in a regional area,” Christophe said.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community and people who might not normally be comfortable discussing or trying to understand it.”

Those planning to visit Bunbury in March can enjoy a weekend for two exploring the City’s vibrant arts and culture scene during this year’s Biennale.

Packages include accommodation, exhibition opening party, breakfast with the artists and a guided walking tour with renowned street artist Andrew Frazer.

Bunbury Biennale will run until 6 June 2021.
Bunbury Biennale: Aerial view of exhibition crowd

Exhibiting Artists:

Carla Adams | Vicki Ames | Benjamin Bannan | Nathan Beard | Christophe Canato Dave Carson | Janet Carter | Olga Cironis | Elaine Clocherty | Penny Coss | Mel Dare Annette Davis | Nikita Dunivits-Ferrier | Stuart Elliott | Tania Ferrier | Dan Gladden Brent Harrison | Catherine Higham | Pablo Hughes | Sam Huxtable | Matthew Jackson Elisa Markes-Young | Vahri McKenzie | Britt Mikkelsen | Andrew Nichols | Ron Nyisztor Annette Peterson | Lex Randolph | Rizzy | Susan Roux | Helen Seiver | Sue Starcken Wade Taylor | Tony Windberg | Michael Wise | Gera Woltjer | Christopher Young

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