Hoor Al-Qasimi to lead the 2026 Biennale of Sydney

Hoor Al-Qasimi. Photo: Dan Boud. Courtesy Biennale of Sydney

Hoor Al-Qasimi has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the 25th Biennale of Sydney, slated to take place from 7 March–8 June 2026. 

‘Sydney has a multicultural community at its core, with people from different cultures from across the world choosing and calling this vibrant city as their home,’ Al-Qasimi says.

‘I’m interested in exploring the multifaceted cultures and perspectives within this city, working with local artists and communities, as well as bringing new voices to the Biennale… I have seen the developments over the years, including the amplification of Indigenous voices both local and global, which has made it an essential platform for rewriting art history.’

Al-Qasimi is the President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation and has been the Director of Sharjah Biennial since 2002 and curator of its 15th edition last year. In 2017 she was appointed as the President of the International Biennial Association (IBA) and serves as the President of The Africa Institute, Global Studies University, Sharjah and President and Director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. 

Last year, Al Qasimi was also appointed the Artistic Director of the sixth Aichi Triennale in 2025 as the first person from outside of Japan to lead the Triennale.

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