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Liverpool Biennial 2012 – Weekend One the first weekend of workshops, talks and family fun

Join us for our first weekend of workshops, talks and family fun

Following the opening of Liverpool Biennial 2012 last week, we invite you to join us for a dynamic weekend of free workshops, talks and events.To plan your visit, download our free iPhone app or free guide.
All exhibitions are open from 10am6pm, daily.
Click here to listen to an exclusive podcast by Mercy, including interviews with Liverpool Biennial curator Lorenzo Fusi and artist Dane Mitchell, amongst others.


So…Soap! Workshop
FACT88 Wood Street, L1 4DQ

Free Admission, but booking is essential.
Please contact to reserve your place.

One of the founders of So…Soap! Bella lp will be running a workshop with local community groups, which aims to introduce the concept of running an eco-friendly, sustainable and self-fulfilling business by hand-making soap to women from different communities. During the workshops, participants will learn how to run a social enterprise and techniques for making organic soap.

So…Soap! is part of the Hong Kong exhibition, All Are Guests,presented in City States at the LJMU Copperas Hill Building.


The Medium is The Medium
Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street,  L1 0BY

An afternoon of expert debates focused on the role of critical writing in a thriving arts landscape. At a time of rapid technological and cultural change, we increasingly take to new media for information. With everyone able to write or start a blog, where does this leave traditional art criticism? The Medium is The Medium asks what effect open participation in social media and blogging has on critical writing; does this point to a more democratic and richer debate? Where are the standards set now?

Participants include: Cherie Federico (Aesthetica Magazine), Rachael Jones (Freelance writer and social media manager), Francesco Manacorda (Artistic Director Tate Liverpool), Edgar Schmitz (Lecturer in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths), and Miranda Sawyer (The Culture Show, The Guardian).

Curated by The Double Negative and Liverpool Biennial 2012

Free Admission, but booking is essential. Click HERE to reserve your place.

Family Programme: Message from the future with Frances Disley
Camp and Furnace67 Greenland Street,  L1 0BY

Exploring the fundamental urge to leave messages and make marks artist Frances Disley invites you send your own message to the future.
If you could trap a moment or a thought forever what would it be and what would you say?

For Message to the Future Frances invites participants to carve a message into an object made with materials associated with permanence. Inspired by 200 year old graffiti carved into the sandstone walls in St James’s gardens, she explores our inherent desire for immortality and how an artist’s mark can leave a long lasting legacy.

Participants will be asked to “do the unthinkable” and scratch and carve a message to the future, however cryptic, into a pristine surface.

Free Admission.

For more information please contact our Participation Coordinator, Francesca Williams:  (0151 709 7444)

The Unexpected Guest Tours
The Bluecoat

Free tour by Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director and Sara-Jayne Parsons, Exhibitions Curator at the Bluecoat

Meeting place: The Bluecoat

Free Admission, but booking is essential.
Please call +44 0 845 220 2800 to reserve your place.


The Unexpected Guest Tours
The Cunard and Open Eye Gallery

Free tour by Lorenzo Fusi, Curator at Liverpool Biennial

Meeting place: The Cunard Building, Water Street, L3 1ES

Free Admission, but booking is essential.
Click HERE to reserve your place.