LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL PUTS NORTH WEST ON THE MAP
Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art festival, was recognised last night for Putting the North West on the Map at the Art 07 awards. The award honours Liverpool Biennial’s success in commissioning international artists to make work in Liverpool that challenges, surprises and delights its audiences while attracting attention from around the country and the world.
In 2006 Liverpool Biennial delivered Antony Gormley’s Another Place, credited with building profile, business confidence and visitor numbers by bodies such as The Mersey Partnership and the Northwest Regional Development Agency. The 2006 Liverpool Biennial festival achieved international critical acclaim and attracted more than 400,000 visits, half from outside Merseyside, generating an economic impact of £13.5 million.
Lewis Biggs, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said “Liverpool Biennial commissions and presents world-class artists to create work which enriches the lives of the people of Liverpool and the lives of the people who visit, as well as changing the face of the city. Congratulations are also due to our partners for their part in this award.”
Liverpool Biennial adds this latest accolade to a list of major awards, including the inaugural Lever Prize and the silver award for the Best Tourism Experience Award presented by VisitBritain Best.