There is a packed programme of events and practical workshops for families and adults throughout the festival, with many of the Biennial exhibitions supported by weekly activities.
YOUNG PEOPLE & CHILDREN
SATURDAY 9 JULY
Minecraft Infinity Project
11–12pm (presentation), 12–5.30pm (drop-in), FACT See what happens when art and Minecraft collide! Presentation followed by open play session led by YouTube experts.
SUNDAY 31 JULY, 28 AUGUST,
25 SEPTEMBER & 16 OCTOBER
Sunday Comedy Club
1–5pm, Tate Liverpool A monthly workshop for families to create their own comedy shows inspired by Liverpool Biennial 2016. Spend the day with educators and comedians to develop your acts, which can include poetry, song and stand-up.
EVERY OTHER SATURDAY
16 JULY – 8 OCTOBER
Do Something! Saturdays
Explore hands-on skills from designing with technology and the role of art in gaming, to sculpting, filmmaking and animation techniques. Suitable for ages 7+.
Artist-led activities for families to do together, inspired by the Biennial exhibitions. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece. Suitable for all ages.
27–29 JULY OR 3–5 AUGUST
(AGES 8–11) / 10–12 AUGUST OR
17–19 AUGUST (AGES 12–14)
FACT, £60 for three days
Designed to inspire confidence and creativity, Prototype is a summer camp where tinkering with tech allows young people to build their own knowledge. Learn a range of digital skills from coding and circuitry to designing and building in Minecraft.
MONDAY 22 – THURSDAY 25 AUGUST
Bluecoat Summer School
10–3.30pm, Bluecoat, £80
Led by experienced workshop leaders, children will spend time in the galleries engaging with the artworks and getting inspired to create their own masterpiece. They will also achieve their Discover Arts Award and showcase the work they have created at a small sharing event. Suitable for ages 6–11.
SCHOOL TOURS AND RESOURCES
Liverpool Biennial 2016 welcomes all school pupils to experience international art across Liverpool’s public spaces, galleries and unused spaces this summer and autumn term. A free digital learning resource with fun educational activities, designed for use inside and outside the classroom and tying in with Key Stages 2 and 3 of the national curriculum, is available from www.biennial.com.
Bespoke school tours can be organised upon request. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 203 3572.
The City is a School
6.30pm, Various locations
The City is a School is an experimental co-learning programme that trains the Biennial’s Mediation team as storytellers, researchers and public guides. Every Tuesday, a public event organised by the Mediators takes place. For the full programme and locations visit
WEDNESDAY 20 JULY
Introduction to Cybernetics
6pm, Bluecoat, £3/£2
Bernard Geoghegan, a cultural historian of media and technology, leads a beginner’s guide to cybernetics.
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Jessica Foley: Engineering Fictions
6pm, Bluecoat, £3/£2
A hands-on writing session where collective day-dreaming, conversation, experimental and uncreative writing help to tilt habits of occupational communication.
13 JULY – 7 SEPTEMBER
FACTLab Hack Nights
Understand more about the tools used tomake digital artworks, and try them for yourself in this introductory course, focused on interactive and creative technologies. Basic concepts of programming, electronics and interactivity will be introduced.