Chapter Nine

Transfield Holdings continued it support for the Biennale of Sydney when, in November 2015, it facilitated the gifting of the Biennale's archive to the newly-established National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Transfield's support would enable the Art Gallery of NSW to work with the Biennale on the archiving project, delving into more than 1000 archival boxes that make up the physical archive of the Biennale of Sydney.

Speaking at the launch of the National Art Archive, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Dr Michael Brand said, "The Biennale of Sydney Archive includes rich artists' files, images, correspondence, media clippings and photographic and video documentation that stretch back to the organisation's inception in 1973 ... We are honoured to incorporate this archive reflecting the key historical, political, social and cultural aspects of the Biennale - and indeed this city - into our National Art Archive."

Also speaking at the event, Biennale of Sydney Chair, Kate Mills, said the Biennale of Sydney Archive is the most comprehensive archive of national and international contemporary art activity in Australia and includes records from nineteen editions of the event.  Ms Mills said the Biennale of Sydney proudly recognises Transfield Holdings as the Biennale's founding partner and applauds the role the company played in the Biennale's history and in the creation of the Biennale of Sydney Archive.

"Today we celebrate the vision of Franco Belgiorno-Nettis in establishing the Biennale of Sydney, and in recognition of 40 years of previous support, the Biennale of Sydney will continue to acknowledge Transfield Holdings and the Belgiorno-Nettis family as Founding Patrons." Mills said.

Luca, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney, opening the event in June 2004.