Universal topics push biennale exhibitions on the road

In a climate for greater accountability and inclusion, biennales take to the road post event.
video still of Aboriginal art as flying superhero

Biennale, triennial and festival blockbuster exhibitions are moments – big budget moments – on the arts calendar that burn bright and are then over. They are also very destination driven, which means that unless audiences travel to experience them, they miss out. Can we still ethically embrace that cost-audience equation in our times of accountability?

A new trend has emerged, which comes off the back of conversations about programming being more sustainable, environmentally aware and inclusive. It is a part of a global dialogue about the need for museums and galleries to be ‘more accountable’.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina