Standing in the cavernous space of the once thriving coal-fired White Bay Power Station, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by our industrial past. And yet, there is another emotion that wells up – hope. The 38,000-square metre site is soon to become Sydney’s next home for arts and culture.
A total of $100 million has been invested in the conservation of the White Bay Power Station – and it is feeling fresh, and almost ready. Yesterday (31 October), NSW Minister for the Arts, John Graham welcomed media to the site to announce its inaugural event – the 24th Biennale of Sydney – which will open in March 2024.