One of the longest-serving power stations in Sydney which has stayed locked up for many years will soon be revived and opened for the first time in over a century. White Bay Power Station in Rozelle was constructed between 1912 and 1917 and closed permanently in 1983. But soon it will swing open its doors for the 24th Biennale of Sydney, marking the first time the site will open its doors to the general public in over 100 years. The highly anticipated theme for Australia’s largest contemporary arts event is Ten Thousand Suns and will take over a number of Sydney venues from March 9 to June 10, 2024. Learn more about this year’s theme and artists here.
White Bay Power Station to reopen next year
Although inactive for many decades, a staggering $100 million has been spent on the restoration and conservation of the heritage-listed site. In fact, much of its machinery and equipment from before the 1950s has been retained over the years. The government confirmed in the early 2000s that the power station would be retained for cultural and creative purposes. But despite extensive repair work and upgrades over the years, the site has remained inaccessible to the general public. When it opens for the Biennale of Sydney, people will get the opportunity to explore the historic spot for free.
“The Biennale of Sydney at White Bay Power Station will be a major event on the international stage and will draw people from all over the world to view the work of some of the best local, national and international artists in a magnificent new space, with free admission for all,” Minister for the Arts John Graham said.
No plans for the site beyond the Biennale have yet been revealed although Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised that planning is underway for the site’s long-term future.
Learn more about White Bay Power Station here.