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The Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, has managed and funded an Australian representation at the Venice Biennale for nearly 30 years.

We are committed to building opportunities for the international presentation and collection of Australian contemporary art, and representation at the Biennale is an important part of this strategy.

Australia’s participation in the Venice Biennale has contributed to the professional development of many artists and has opened up significant presentation opportunities internationally.

In common with 28 other countries, the Australia Council owns a pavilion in the Giardini di Castello. The Australian Pavilion was designed by renowned Australian architect Philip Cox and opened in 1988.

Australia first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1954 and has participated in every event since 1978 (excluding 1984).

Year
Artist/s
1954
Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, William Dobell
1956
Albert Tucker
1958Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd
1978Ken Unsworth, John Davis, Robert Owen
1980Mike Parr, Tony Coleing, Kevin Mortensen
1982Peter Booth, Rosalie Gascoigne
1984
no participation
1986
Imants Tillers
1988
Arthur Boyd (Australian Pavilion opens)
1990
Trevor Nickolls, Rover Thomas
1993
Jenny Watson
1995
Bill Henson
1997
Judy Watson, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Emily Kame Kngwarreye
1999
Howard Arkley
2001
Lyndal Jones
2003
Patricia Piccinini
2005
Ricky Swallow
2007  Callum Morton, Susan Norrie and Daniel von Sturmer