Liverpool Biennial is the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art. Since the first Biennial in 1999 over 279 artists from 72 countries have presented artwork in Liverpool.
Liverpool Biennial 2012
15 September - 25 November
For Liverpool Biennial 2012 artist list click here
Liverpool Biennial 2012 includes The Unexpected Guest
, an exhibition of specially commissioned and pre-existing work across the city; The John Moores Painting Prize; Bloomberg
New Contemporaries, City States
and the Sky Arts Ignition Series/Tate Liverpool commission by Doug Aitken.
The Unexpected Guest
explores notions of hospitality. Leading and emerging artists have been commissioned to make permanent and temporary public artworks as well as long-term community-based projects. The artists have been invited to question our ability to be ‘unprepared’. Can we afford to be hospitable in these critical times?
Each weekend of the Biennial has been curated to ensure that each of the 10 weeks of the festival has a distinctive and exciting programme that includes film, performance, comedy, music, archaeology, expeditions, poetry, dance and a Young Peoples’ Biennial.
For the second time guest cities have been invited to participate in the Biennial, City States 2012
brings together over 60 artists from seven countries, exploring the dynamics between cities and states with new and existing works. City States
exhibitions have been confirmed from the following cities: Belo Horizonte, Copenhagen, Gdańsk, Hong Kong, Incheon, Lisbon, Makhachkala, Reykjavik, Oslo, Taipei, Vilnius and Wellington.
Learning is at the core of the Biennial and there are many ways that schools and families can get involved in the festival.