Australian Pavilion wins Golden Lion Award at Venice Biennale

In a first, the Australian Pavilion wins the celebrated international award with an installation by First Nations artist Archie Moore.
Installation in dark room with paper floating over a pool of water and chalk on walls. Archie Moore.

Over the weekend, international news sources and social media channels were abuzz with the news that Archie Moore’s exhibition kith and kin, presented at the Australia Pavilion at 60th La Biennale de Venezia 2024, had been awarded the prestigious Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

It is the first time that Australia has been awarded this recognition in the Biennale’s 130-year history.

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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