Liverpool Biennial Summer Sessions: Portals (bursaries available)

Deadline for applications: Friday 17 June 2016.

Liverpool Biennial Summer Sessions: Portals
3-12 August 2016

For the first time, Liverpool Biennial and The University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing are working together to present an international summer school.

Liverpool Biennial Summer Sessions is a ten-day transdisciplinary programme for artists, writers, curators, academics and arts practitioners, on the theme of portals: time-travel, alternate/parallel universes, migration, and interdisciplinary connections between different practices.

Through a series of dynamic sessions, workshops and walking tours of the city, participants will explore a range of art, literature and theory focusing on the broad concept of portals. Participants will engage with Liverpool Biennial 2016’s overarching structure, in which a story is narrated as a series of concurrent episodes across the city, and the Centre for New and International Writing’s research into global literatures and formal innovation.

The summer school faculty includes the poet, cultural theorist and curator Ranjit Hoskote; literary critic David Hering; artists Lucy Beech and Samson Kambalu; poets/critics Juliana Spahr, Sandeep Parmar and Deryn Rees-Jones; and other members of Liverpool Biennial’s curatorial faculty for 2016.

The programme offers a supportive and creative environment designed to inspire new ideas and develop existing ones.

The full programme will be confirmed in early June.

Non-residential: £500
Residential: £1017 (includes breakfast). Accommodation is offered at the University of Liverpool’s Crown Place from 2-13 August.
Please be aware that there are only 20 places available.

The summer school is offering one residential bursary and one non-residential bursary. The non-residential bursary is for a Liverpool resident only. Bursaries will be awarded on merit. Successful applicants will automatically be considered for the bursaries.

Deadline for applications is 1pm on 17 June 2016. To apply, please send the following to Emma Hayward at

CV: Maximum 2 pages (PDF only), highlighting professional experience and previous exhibitions and/or publications. Please state your postal and email address, and a contact telephone number.

Personal Statement: 500 words describing how you would plan to address the Summer Sessions’ theme ‘portals’ (PDF only).

Images/Writing Samples: Maximum 5 images with title and date, showcasing your artwork or exhibitions. If you are a writer, please submit no more than 1,500 words of text or 5 poems. Links to videos (on YouTube, Vimeo etc.) can be compiled in one PDF file (1MB maximum). Please use PDF compression. If you have any queries about samples you would like to submit, please contact Emma Hayward at

Please be aware that the overall size of your application shouldn’t exceed 1MB, as otherwise it will be rejected by the email system. If your application exceeds 1MB size please upload it to one of the trusted cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Copy, OneDrive etc.) and send the shared link in your application letter. Maximum size of all application files on cloud service should be no more than 2 MB. All applications should be submitted in English and in PDF files only (RAR/ZIP archives will not be accepted).

Successful candidates will be notified by 1 July 2016. If you have not heard back from us by this point, please assume that unfortunately on this occasion your application has not been successful.

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