Bankstown Arts Centre

EOI: Symbiosis: Bankstown Biennale 2020 (Expired)

Bankstown Arts Centre asks artists to examine recent crises impacting us locally and globally, as an opportunity for transformative change.

Recent crises: Covid-19, nationwide bushfires and economic collapse, have rendered it clearer than ever just how absolutely interdependent we are upon each other, but also upon species other than our own. 

How do we use this opportunity to go beyond an anthropocentric world view, where our species has been the dominant influence on life on earth? How can we transform our actions to benefit other species, climate and the environment?

How do we hold onto lessons learnt through lockdown, about the importance of our backyards, local neighbourhoods, parks, public spaces and local waterways such as the Cooks and Georges Rivers?  What can we learn from Indigenous and traditional cultural ways of caring for place and country?  How can we collectively further ways to nurture and care for social and environmental connectedness?

Bankstown Arts Centre is bringing together artists from various disciplines to create work for the inaugural Bankstown Biennale which will take place in selected venues across Bankstown in October 2020. Overall the Biennale examines the role of artists in facilitating individual, collective and civic responsibility for our planet’s sustainability.

Artists from both the visual and performing arts are invited to apply and artists from Western Sydney are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Artist fee. 

Participating artists will receive $3000 which is inclusive of an artist fee and materials for the project. In addition to the artist fee, artists may access a free studio space made available for the project upon agreement with the Bankstown Arts Centre Director. 

Expectation of participating artists. 

Each participating artist will produce a new work or adapt an exisiting work specifically for Symbiosis: Bankstown Biennale to be held in 10 October - 21 November 2020. Artists will discuss their work with the Curator and the Director of Bankstown Art Centre as it develops and determine appropriate spaces for showcasing their work. Artists are asked to consider ways to maximise community engagement/interactivity in their work and participate in a public programs of the Bankstown Biennale through a public talk, workshop or forum. 

Exhibition spaces. 

Available spaces to present work within include gallery spaces, window fronts, bus shelters, foyers. In addition, artists can be present work in outdoor venues such as the Bankstown Arts Centre courtyard or forecourt. For further information please visit

Key dates.

  • Expression of Interest closes: 5 July 2020
  • Artists selected:  7 July 2020
  • Site visit: 14 July 2020
  • Residency/ creation of work 14 July - 25 September 2020 (12 weeks)
  • Installation 28 September - 8 October 2020  (2 weeks)
  • Bankstown Biennale opening 10 October 2020
  • Bankstown Biennale 10 October - 21 November 2020


To apply please complete this form online.  To apply please submit a written response/description of work proposed (maximum 300 words) and you are required to attach the following documents to your application:

  • A curriculum vitae of relevant experience (maximum 2 page pdf)
  • A portfolio of past work (5 page pdf) One project per page with description of work including title, dimensions, media and date of work shown and links if relevant.
  • Copy of Insurances and/or proof of NAVA Professional Membership. 

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered and applications must include the above-listed documents attached as specified.

Apply now!  EOI closes 5 July 2020. 


For enquiries please contact Vandana Ram on 9707 9989.

Vandana Ram

Director, Bankstown Arts Centre

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Heidi Axelsen


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Sunday 5 July, 2020
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5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200

Sydney , Bankstown

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