08 Biennial set to bring in 500,000 city visitors

No mention of the part played by local artists, mainly in the Independents strand

From Daily Post…
08 Biennial set to bring in 500,000 city visitors

LIVERPOOL’S Biennial art festival brought over £13.5m to the city last year according to a new report, and organisers say next year’s festival will attract over 500,000 people.

89% of visitors to the 2006 contemporary art event, which featured exhibits showcased at venues all over the city, rated their visit as very good or good, but many struggled to find the attractions because of poor signage and guides, the report and survey from The Mersey Partnership (TMP) reveals.

It concludes the least popular exhibits were a giant question mark hung over Cammell Laird by artist Hans Peter Kuhn, and Priscilla Monge’s football pitch installation, which lay beside the Port of Liverpool building.

St Luke’s Church, at the top of Bold Street and FACT received the highest scores for visitor satisfaction at their exhibits in the survey, although FACT’s score was lower than in 2004’s Biennial.