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Liverpool Biennial programme revealed

  • Date: 24 May 2012
  • Area: North
Albert Dock in Liverpool

The Albert Dock will be one of the locations used for the Liverpool Biennial. Credit: PA Images/Peter Byrne

The programme for the seventh and biggest ever Liverpool Biennial has been unveiled as the city prepares to engage in a celebration of contemporary art.

The festival, which runs from September 15 to November 25, covers a number of venues across Liverpool and contributes in the region of £27 million to the city's economy.

There will be a wide range of exhibitions across the locations, including film, sculptures and live performances.

Among the works expected to prove popular are a lift that appears to be bursting through the floor in the Liverpool One shopping centre and the transformation of Everton Park, which will be completed by landscape architecture firm Field Operations by planting crops.

Biennial director Sally Tallant said: 'We are thinking about how Liverpool could create a park that's productive in lots of different ways... the beginning of that is it's going to start to grow food in the park.'

Other works at the show include a door which is permanently ajar and guarded by a bouncer. The piece, titled But I'm On the Guest List Too!, asks questions about 'who is and who is not a VIP', organisers said.

Meanwhile, a controversial collection of infrared photographs by Kohei Yoshiyuki of people having sex in a Japanese Park will also go on display.

The voyeuristic photographs, titled The Park, caused a storm when they were first shown in Japan more than three decades ago.

Some of the locations set to be used for the Biennial, which attracts more than a million visitors to the city, include the Cunard Building on the waterfront and a spectacular pavilion designed by architect David Adjaye at the Albert Dock.