contour 556 is Canberra’s free public art biennial held around the designed heart of Australia’s capital city: Lake Burley Griffin. Following successful events in 2016 and 2018, contour 556 returns for three weeks in October 2020. contour 556 will feature over 60 local, national and international artists, working across sculpture, performance, sound and digital projections. Artists have been selected for their ability to respond to the designed city of Canberra: represented by Australia’s political, cultural and physical history. The event engages people of all ages and abilities, delighting, puzzling and encouraging interaction with art and public space. contour 556 is an equal access event, entirely free to the public, it occurs in the public realm and all locations are fully accessible. A diverse group of artists presents diverse stories to Canberra’s multicultural community. contour 556 provides opportunities for audience engagement through a series of public programs including performances, talks, tours, workshops, a people’s choice award and digital platform. In 2020, audience engagement will be enhanced through connections with new partners including Canberra Museum and Gallery, The National Museum of Australia and ANU’s Drill Hall Gallery, as well as continuing associations with existing partners.
Contour 556 acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, work, rest and play.