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Liverpool Biennial Of Contemporary Art

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s first and only international festival for contemporary visual arts and culture. It takes place every other year, inviting world-class artists to create new works or exhibit existing work that responds to the unique qualities of the city. The Biennial also runs an education and outreach programme. Our funding enables the organisation to evaluate the previous year's festival, and to plan an international visual arts festival commissioning contemporary visual arts and innovative educational and out reach programmes.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £695,344
  • 2013-2014: £706,172
  • 2014-2015: £718,333

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The Innovasion | 9.10.2010

The Innovasion happened on 9th October throughout the city of Liverpool. A collaboration between Liverpool Biennial and Hope Street Ltd, the alternate reality game led groups of gamers around the city to find clues around the Biennial festival exhibitions. The game was expertly run by renowned gamesmasters Karsten Dombrowski and Larson Kasper and directed by Hilary Westlake.

Interviews with artists featuring in City States

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The launch of Laura Belém's The Temple of a Thousand Bells

The launch of Laura Belém's The Temple of a Thousand Bells on Thursday 19 August 2010 in the Oratory (next to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral). This installation has been launched as a trailblazer for the Liverpool Biennial International 10 Exhibition, Touched.

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Paul Domela describes City States 2010

Liverpool Biennial Programme Director Paul Domela outlines what we can look forward to from City States, a new strand of the festival for 2010 taking place at CUC Liverpool.

Touched 2010 Promo Animation

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Squash Nutrition's Urban Food Field Day: as part of Urbanism 09

Becky Vipond, of arts and health initiative Squash Nutrition talks Biennial through their Urban Food Field Day, held on 16th September as part of Urbanism 09.

Urbanism 09: Lambert Kamps' Canal Taxi

Dutch artist Lambert Kamps unveils his Canal Taxi on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, as part of Liverpool Biennial's Art for Places project and Urbanism 09 celebration

Art for Places: Sefton Waterworks Project Award ceremony at Urbanism 09

As part of Liverpool Biennial's Art for Places: Sefton Waterworks Project - award won by Duggan Morris Architects. Award ceremony was held in September 2009 alongside Urbanism 09.

MADE UP | Leandro Erlich, Carousel, 2008

Leandro Erlichs playful installations challenge our perception of reality. His impeccably constructed architectural scenarios deliberately mix the real with the fictional to tease our sense of perception. In his new work for MADE UP, Carousel - the task of being in the right place at the right time, Erlich mounts a typical one bedroom apartment complete with bathroom, kitchen and dining area - onto a real time carousel. The work marries the architecture of the playground with that of settled domesticity to playfully re-enact the daily grind, capturing us in an endless series of transitions from lobby to kitchen to dining room to bathroom to bedroom to living room to lobby and so on. But the gentle rotation of the carousel also reminds us that despite the constant repetition of our daily routine, as we go through the motions no two moments are ever the same. Erlichs spinning architecture is a humorous rendering of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famous dilemma: No man can step in the same river twice. No matter how stable and constant familiar surroundings might seem, neither we nor our environment will remain the same from one moment to the next. check out for more

MADE UP - Richard Woods and Sorcha Carey

MADE UP Public Realm Curator Sorcha Carey in conversation with artist Richard Woods. For more check out

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Arbores Laetae (Joyful Trees)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's amazing work Arbores Laetae (joyful trees) which launched on 20.08.2008 - a trailblazer for MADE UP - this years Liverpool Biennial International exhibition. Check out for more info...

MADE UP | Manfredi Beninati - site visit

Artist Manfredi Beninati, on a site visit, making plans for a new installation which will form part of the Liverpool Biennial International 08 exhibition.

MADE UP | Gabriel Lester - site visit

Artist Gabriel Lester, who is making a new site-specific work for the public realm as part of the Liverpool Biennial International 08 exhibition, on a site visit to the Futurist Cinema in Liverpool

MADE UP | If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could fly? We asked people in Liverpool what super-power they would like to have. The theme of Liverpool Biennial 2008's International exhibition is MADE UP, an exploration of the artistic imagination.

MADE UP | If you were an animal, what would you be?

Lion? Tiger? Bear? We asked people in Liverpool City Centre what they would be if they were an animal. The theme of Liverpool Biennial 2008's International exhibition is MADE UP, an exploration of the artistic imagination.

Another Place by Antony Gormley

Another Place by Antony Gormley comprises 100 cast-iron sculptures made from 17 different moulds taken from the sculptor's own body. Installed on Crosby Beach on the Mersey Estuary, all facing the open sea, the work covers a distance of almost 3km with the pieces placed 250m apart along the tide line, and up to 1km out towards the horizon. The movement of local tides and daily weather conditions dictate whether the figures are visible or submerged.

Made Up in Liverpool - Young Persons Film Comp.

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to announce the launch of the Made Up in Liverpool young person's film festival. Working in collaboration with FACT, Liverpool Biennial is making a call for young filmmakers to respond to the theme MADE UP -- so if you're aged between 12 and 19 we would love to see your film that focuses on myths, lies, story telling or imaginary worlds. Check out for more...

Interview with Richard Wilson

An interview with Richard Wilson, the artist behing Turning the Place Over.

Turning the Place Over - First Impressions

We asked people on Moorfields, Liverpool for their first impressions of Richard Wilson's Turning the Place Over.

Turning the Place Over by Richard Wilson

The most daring piece of public art ever commissioned in the UK, Turning the Place Over is artist Richard Wilson's most radical intervention into architecture to date, turning a building in Liverpool's city centre literally inside out. One of Wilson's very rare temporary works, Turning the Place Over colonises Cross Keys House, Moorfields. It runs in daylight hours, triggered by a light sensor. Turning the Place Over consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool city centre and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing 'window', offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours. check out for more...

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