Sydney’s Carriageworks is set to reopen on August 7, after creditors approved a multi-million dollar bailout led by a group of philanthropists, which officially lifted the organisation out of administration last week. The venue was forced to close in May, citing “an irreparable loss of income” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors will be offered free access to art installations by leading Australian and international artists in the newly reopened venue, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, as well as a major exhibition by Giselle Stanborough and public art work by Reko Rennie, Carriageworks has announced.

Giselle Stanborough’s CinopticonPhoto © Mark Pokorny

“The future of Carriageworks has been secured thanks to extraordinary support from a group of donors and commitment to providing a long-term precinct lease from the NSW Government,” Carriageworks CEO Blair French said. “The impact of our closure has been felt across a wide range of communities. We are now excited to welcome the public back to Carriageworks to reconnect with and support producers from across the state through the much loved weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market as well as to experience powerful works by Australian and international artists.”

The reopening will feature a major new installation by Australian artist Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, which will be revealed to the public for the first time after being installed in March. The work was commissioned by Carriageworks as part of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship which awarded $100,000 to each of three female artists to present new work at Carriageworks, Mona and ACCA.

The eight commissions Carriageworks will present as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney were created especially for an exhibition titled NIRIN, curated by Indigenous Australian artist Brook Andrew. The artists are Tony Albert (Australia), Hannah Catherine Jones (UK),

Randy Lee Cutler (Canada) and Andrew Rewald (Australia), Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre (Australia), MzRizk (Australia), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Adrift Lab (Australia) and Trent Walter and Stuart Geddes (Australia). The works were initially exhibited at the National Art School for 10 days, prior to the closure of museums and galleries in response to COVID-19 in March.

The venue will continue to display Reko Rennie’s large-scale public artwork REMEMBER BE, which was installed earlier in the year.

Carriageworks, which is implementing the physical distancing, capacity limits and increased hygiene measures outlined by the NSW Government, will also resume hosting its weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market from August 8.