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The Atkinson Southport wins first Ecclesiastical Original Print Award

As the recipient of this £8,000 award, The Atkinson will now be able to make an important addition to their collection and purchase a work from one of the 51 exhibitors at this year’s London Original Print Fair (LOPF).
From left to right: Gavin Davenport, Project Manger for My Bluecoat, Reverend Dr Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director at Bluecoat and Ann Concepcion, The Lady Mayoress of Liverpool.

Bluecoat Marks 300th Anniversary of Building’s Construction

Bluecoat celebrated the 300th anniversary of the laying of the building’s foundation stone on Tuesday 3 May 2016. The date marked 300 years since construction began on the iconic building in 1716.
liverpool biennial 2016 logo

Liverpool Biennial 2016 Announces Full Programme

For the ninth edition of the Liverpool Biennial, 42 artists are invited to create new work for locations across the city, alongside a showcase of ten associate artists working in the North of England.

Picasso Linocut Prints Coming to Lady Lever in June

The Still Life under the Lamp and the Jacqueline Reading series from the British Museum collection (acquired with the support of the Art Fund) are displayed for the first time outside the Museum in this wonderfully bold and colourful exhibition.

dot-art Announces New Courses for Spring and New Partner Ness Gardens

dot-art has launched its spring programme of art classes and courses, which for the first time offers Wirral residents the chance to learn a new creative skill closer to home at Ness Gardens.
Blue Drift, 2015, Graham Crowley

John Moores Painting Prize 2016 – 54 Artists Announced

The Walker Art Gallery has announced the names of the artists whose works will be showcased in the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition, which will be held at the Gallery from Saturday 9 July to Sunday 27 November 2016.
Photo by Matt Thomas

Light Night 2016 ‘Experiment’ – Programme Announced

LightNight, Liverpool’s one-night arts festival returns to illuminate the city for a seventh consecutive year on Friday 13 May 2016. Tens of thousands of visitors explore, experiment and celebrate the city’s world-class cultural offer across galleries, museums and city streets late into the night.
Felix Leyland (left) receives his award from Colin Simpson

Williamson Open Exhibition now Open – Winners Announced

The Williamson Art Gallery has just opened a wonderful new exhibition with over 350 works from artists with a Wirral connection. The Williamson Open will be in Galleries One to Three until Sunday 8 May 2016.

WW1 Stories to Transform Liverpool’s Lyceum Building

The giant commemorative artwork is to animate The Lyceum, a Grade II* listed building on Bold Street, which for many years was a post office and is currently vacant. Designed by The Sound Agents: John Campbell and Moira Kenny, the installation will see five 14m high panels fixed between the building’s Doric columns.

Liverpool’s Visual Artists Prepare For Multi-Venue Showcase at Threshold 2016

The 2016 Visual Arts Programme for the festival is entitled "Alchemy: Materials & Transformation" and will feature in 9 venues across the city's thriving Baltic Triangle, with a huge range of art styles set to be showcased on Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April 2016.
Ilan Sheady and Stephen Baxter's Book

Liverpool Artist, Ilan Sheady Illustrates Cover of Stephen Baxter’s Latest Book

In his most exciting project to date, artist and animator Ilan Sheady can reveal that he is the illustrator for highly-acclaimed sci-fi writer Stephen Baxter’s latest work, a novella called “Project Clio” released by PS Publishing.
Alex Bag, Untitled (Fall '95) (1995) digital video 57:00, Courtesy of the artist and Team (gallery, inc.)

Double Act: Art and Comedy comes to Bluecoat in April

A new exhibition exploring the relationship between art and comedy is to open (Saturday 9 April – Sunday 19 June 2016) at Bluecoat. Double Act: Art and Comedy draws together the work of 16 international artists who use a variety of media to communicate their differing approaches to comedy, ranging from the bodily humour of slapstick to more conceptual articulations of wit.
Super Rat by Faith Bebbington, Liverpool

4 Metre ‘Super Rat’ Appears in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle

Liverpool artist Faith Bebbington has created an exciting new ‘Super Rat’ sculpture which re-uses over 200 plastic milk bottles and measures over 4 metres long from nose to tail! Catch a glimpse of the pop-up sculpture in the Baltic Triangle (Jamaica St / New Bird St) , Liverpool from Easter weekend onwards.
The Magnetic North 'Prospect of Skelmersdale' cover. Photo c. McCoy Wynne

McCoy Wynne Photographs Illustrate New Album by The Magnetic North

The resulting art direction for Prospect of Skelmersdale combines the McCoy Wynne shots of the band, with selections from McCoy's 1984 series. As does the music, the photographs capture a unique and seldom-documented time and place in British history; the finished work is a remarkable achievement.

LAAF and LIMF Unite at Summer Jam Weekend in July

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) and Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) are partnering for the first time to showcase some of the hottest Arab musical talent during the Sunday of LIMF Summer Jam (Fri 22 to Sun 24 July 2016).
St Lukes May 1941 c. Liverpool City Council

Light and Sound Display at St Luke’s to Remember Liverpool Blitz

Out of the Darkness will transform St Luke’s Church (known locally as the bombed out church) in a free moving light and sound display to signify the 75th anniversary of the May Blitz. Taking place each evening from 9-10pm, Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2016
The Hardmans' House Liverpool

Chambré Hardman’s House Re-opens to the Public, Wed 16 Mar

The Hardmans’ House is the former home and studio of the iconic photographer Edward Chambré Hardman, his talented artist wife Margaret and their faithful dog Bick. This stunning Georgian building, just a five minute walk from Bold Street and the cathedrals, is crammed with vintage treasures and extraordinary artwork.
Artist Impression of British Music Experience in the Cunard Building. Image courtesy BME

The British Music Experience Museum set to move to Liverpool

THE arrival of Britain’s only museum of popular music is one step closer as the lease and funding is set to be approved this week (Friday 18 March 2016). A report going to Cabinet proposes to enter in to a seven year lease with the British Music Experience (BME) which is set to open in the Cunard Building in the summer.

Shakespeare – The Complete Walk Comes to Liverpool 23-24 April 2016

The free project will see a series of 37 short films played on screens at city centre venues on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2016 marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Brazilica Festival Liverpool

Liverpool Brazilica Festival Returns 15-17 July 2016

Liverpool Carnival Company are delighted to announce that the increasingly popular Brazilica Festival will return for 2016 for the ninth consecutive year, with this year’s dates confirmed as Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July.

Liverpool Food For Real Film Festival 2016

Liverpool’s home-grown Food For Real Film Festival – the only festival of its kind in the UK – returns for a fourth edition on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March 2016. Curated by socially-engaged, creative food enterprise Squash Nutrition, the festival seeks to explore the environmental, political, health and cultural impacts of the foods we grow, eat, waste and share.
Sir Peter Blake with his new limited edition, Dazzle, 2016. Photo: Gareth Jones

Sir Peter Blake Creates New Limited Edition Print for Liverpool Biennial

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to announce the launch of Dazzle, 2016, a limited edition silkscreen print created by artist Sir Peter Blake. The latest in a series of limited editions by artists who have worked with Liverpool Biennial, Dazzle, 2016 relates to Blake’s 2015 commission, Everybody Razzle Dazzle.

Mersey River Festival looking shipshape for 2016

LIVERPOOL’S popular maritime festival is returning with brand new additions to the line-up. The International Mersey River Festival in partnership with Kier Group returns for the fifth consecutive year on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June 2016.
Simon Mckeown, Cork Ignite, Cork city centre, Ireland, 2015.

FACT presents new pop-up exhibitions for Spring 2016

Trace Elements by Simon Mckeown: 4 March - 3 April 2016 Scouse Roots: Art That Makes Itself a Brown & Son Project: 8 April - 1 May 2016. This spring, a special programme of pop-up exhibitions will be showcased in the FACT Connects space, in the foyer at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).
Liverpool Pride March. Photo: Jeb Smith

All New Liverpool Pride Announced for 2016

The organisers of Liverpool Pride, the regions annual LGBT festival are delighted to announce that one of the city’s most popular events will be returning for two days on Saturday, 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016, following months in the planning.
Threshold 2016 Poster by James Kirkham [IXIOD]

Threshold Announce 2016 Visual Arts Programme

The 2016 exhibition is entitled "Alchemy: Materials & Transformation" and will feature in 9 venues across the Baltic Triangle, with over 40 participating artists from Merseyside and across the UK.

FutureEverything 2016 festival highlights announced

FutureEverything, Manchester’s prestigious city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’ returns from Wednesday 30 March - Saturday 2 April 2016 with the theme ‘Less and More’. Combining a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology and playful social experiments.

VENT! Liverpool Air Quality Festival launches on Saturday 20 February

Five Liverpool-based artists - Julieann O’Malley, Tristan Brady-Jacobs, Pamela Sullivan, Tomo and Charlotte Weatherstone have been commissioned to deliver new cultural products or public art works that engage with the public about air quality.
TOUCHMYSOUL by LaBeouf Ronkko & Turner. Part of Follow at FACT. Photo by Brian Slater

Mini Documentary from LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s #TOUCHMYSOUL performance

For those unable to visit FACT before the exhibition closes, or who may want to reminisce about the #TOUCHMYSOUL performance, a short film has now been made available including recordings of phone calls and video footage.

Lantern Company’s new Festival of Light is Sold Out

The woodlands of Liverpool Festival Gardens will be transformed into an extraordinary and strange luminous landscape, where what is usually hidden beneath the lake beds and forest floors creep, crawl and belch up to the surface, astonishing, challenging, delighting and horrifying audiences in equal measure.
Lady Lever Art Gallery South End exterior © fotography

Lady Lever South End Galleries to Reopen on 25 March 2016

The Lady Lever Art Gallery is set to reveal its new South End galleries in a Good Friday opening on 25 March 2016 following a £2.8m major development project, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Open Eye Gallery Announces New Board

The North West’s leading photography organisation, Open Eye Gallery, is delighted to announce the appointment of three new board members: Nick Swarbrick, Peter Mearns and Jacqueline Butler.
dot-art gallery

dot-art Launches New Gallery In Liverpool’s Commercial District

dot-art is to open a new gallery space at Queen Avenue, in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district. The space will become dot-art’s new permanent home, opens on Friday 12 February 2016 with an exhibition “Dear Liverpool”, showcasing the work of 18 talented artists from the local area.
Installation of Pre-Raphaelites Beauty and Rebellion at the Walker Art Gallery. Photo Gareth Jones

Pre-Raphaelite beauty stars in first public display at The Walker

The Salutation of Beatrice (1881/2) by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti represents a familiar theme to the artist. His muse Jane Morris is cast as Beatrice Portinari, the subject of medieval poet Dante Alighieri’s unrequited love.
Light Night 2015. Photo by Pete Carr

Liverpool John Moores University announced as LightNight principal sponsor for third...

LightNight, Liverpool’s one-night arts festival, returns on Friday 13 May 2016. Now in its seventh year, the festival sees tens of thousands of visitors descend on Liverpool city centre to experience and celebrate the city’s world-class arts and culture late into the night.
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2016 – Events in Liverpool

The Chinese New Year festivities will take place in spectacular style on Sunday 7 February 2016 with a series of street performances, parades and the popular Chinese market on Great George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food.
Frances Disley, Still from 'Roll Fix Slip' 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of the artist

Liverpool Biennial Announces Programme to Develop Careers of Northern Artists

Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with New York based Independent Curators International (ICI) and Cactus Gallery have announced a major new initiative, which aims to support artists based in the North of England to develop their careers internationally.

Video: Culture Liverpool Highlights 2015

Here's a video from Culture Liverpool of just a few of Liverpool's cultural highlights in 2015.
Liverpool Lantern Parade

Lantern Company Launch Exciting New Festival of Light

The gardens and woodlands will be transformed into an extraordinary and strange luminous landscape, where what is usually hidden beneath the lake beds and forest floors creep, crawl and belch up to the surface, astonishing, challenging, delighting and horrifying audiences.