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Liverpool Biennial 2016 Plans and Artists Announced


  • 2016 festival to unfold as ‘stories and episodes across the city’
  • 37 artists named – including Birkenhead-born Mark Leckey
  • Children to be invited to work together with artists on exhibitions and projects

The 9th edition of Liverpool Biennial will open on Saturday 9 July 2016 through to Sunday 16 October 2016.

Over the 14 weeks, the festival of contemporary art will unfold through the landscape of the city. It will be organised as a story narrated in several episodes: fictional worlds sited in galleries, museums, pubs, unused spaces, stations, hotels, parking lots, shops and supermarkets.

Many of the episodes take inspiration from Liverpool’s present, past and future. The Chinatown arch is imagined as a portal through time and space, connecting Chinatowns across the world, and an imaginary version of Ancient Greece is set amongst Liverpool’s famous neoclassical buildings.

For the first time, children will have the opportunity to work together with artists and the Biennial team to develop ambitious exhibitions, projects and publications specifically for young audiences.

Today, Liverpool Biennial has also announced thirty-seven of its confirmed artists – including Birkenhead-born Mark Leckey – who will all create new works for the Biennial. The works will be presented in a series of locations across the city outdoors and indoors and in Liverpool’s leading art venues including Tate Liverpool, FACT, Bluecoat, and Open Eye.

The list of artists confirmed to participate to date is:

Mark Leckey (UK)
Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Jordan/UK/Lebanon)
Alisa Baremboym (USA)
Lucy Beech (UK)
Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico)
Yin-Ju Chen (Taiwan)
Ian Cheng (USA)
Céline Condorelli (Italy/Switzerland/France)
Audrey Cottin (France)
Koenraad Dedobbeleer (Belgium)
Jason Dodge (USA)
Lara Favaretto (Italy)
Danielle Freakley (Australia)
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (Australia/UK)
Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni (France)
Ana Jotta (Portugal)
Samson Kambalu (Malawi)
Oliver Laric (Austria)
Adam Linder (Australia)
Jumana Manna (Palestine)
Rita McBride (USA)
Dennis McNulty (Ireland)
Elena Narbutaite (Lithuania)
Lu Pingyuan (China)
Michael Portnoy (USA)
Sahej Rahal (India)
Hesam Rahmanian, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh (Iran)
Koki Tanaka (Japan)
Villa Design Group (UK/USA)
Krzysztof Wodiczko (Poland)
Betty Woodman (USA)
Arseny Zhilyaev (Russia)

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said today: “We are delighted to announce this wide ranging group of artists from the UK and around the world who are participating in the 2016 Biennial. We are looking forward to working with artists from Asia, India, North and South America, the Middle East, Russia and Europe in the city. It is exciting to bring these artists together with the people of Liverpool to make this a place where art and artists can thrive and to create a focus for international contemporary art.”

Liverpool Biennial 2016 is curated by Sally Tallant, Dominic Willsdon, Francesco Manacorda, Raimundas Malasauskas, Joasia Krysa, Rosie Cooper, Polly Brannan and Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey.

Also showing during Liverpool Biennial 2016 are the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Bluecoat, and the Biennial fringe.

Liverpool Biennial 2016
9 July – 16 October 2016