88 artists exhibiting at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. You'll want it all, especial

The Cammeraygal people lived on the North Sydney land long before the first European settlement. A large rock carving, still visible at the Coal Loader Centre site, reminds us of their presence. In the early 1920’s the area became an industrial site to transfer coal from bulk carriers to smaller coal-fired vessels.

In 1997, the site was opened to the public and has since become a vibrant cultural hub.

20 years later, Sydney Art Council organises for the 3rd time its own major art biennale.

Dr Oliver Watts, Monica McMahon and Cassandra Hard Lawrie were asked to be part of the prestigious jury panel and had the delicate task to select 88 finalists amongst 360 entries.

Paintings, works on paper, sculpture, installation and new media based works will be displayed in the care-takers cottage, artist studio, workshop, mess hall, tunnels, chambers and throughout the surrounding parklands at the iconic Coal Loader in Waverton.

HOW LONG: 11-26 March

OPENING: 11th of March at 2pm

WHERE: The Coal Loader, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton

For more information about the prize and check the catalogue:


Oh, and are you still wondering who's work #53 is?

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Born in France, Sofie Dieu’s first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, the artist is best known for her fragile, sombre, and sometimes violent ink paintings and textile works.


Poetic and humanist, her practice draws on her journeys to China and Australia. She explores how identity and memory fluctuate according to their immediate environment. Landscapes, people, secrecy, healing, and the dichotomy between light and darkness are some of her recurring themes.


Multi-art prizes and award finalist, her work was included in the Sydney North Art Prize, Waterhouse Natural Science prize and the Contemporary Art Award amongst others. In 2016, she worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for Sydney Biennale. In 2017, her work will be shown during Vivid and Mental Health Month in Sydney.