The Long Night of the Biennial – UPDATED

The Long Night of the Biennial. Thursday 30 October 2008

Night-time Liverpool will be transformed as an unprecedented number of the city’s galleries will keep their doors open to the public, some until 23.00 ! A nocturnal feast of art, events, music, film and performance will give visitors a very special experience of the visual arts in Liverpool during the Long Night of the Biennial.
Come straight from work, join in the debate, do the tours, wear the glowstick, eat & meet, watch it all happen, and enjoy Liverpool’s favourite and up and coming studios and galleries.


Liverpool Biennial 2008

MADE UP outside the gallery and in the public realm allows fiction to rub up against the everyday, inviting artists to carve out space for the imagination, whether in imaginary models made manifest, or in playful re-workings of the real.
Several public realm works along Renshaw Street will be open until 10 pm: The Visitor Centre and Annette Messager; Jesper Just / Richard Woods; Manfredi Beninati; and Atelier Bow-wow.  Otto Karvonen’s work will also be available for viewing and Atelier Bow-wow’s Rockscape will host a programme of performances. Follow the numbers on the map to get the full Biennial experience.

Torch Lit Walking Tours
Meet at the ABC Visitor Centre to experience the Biennial public realm works with one of our guides.  Every half an hour from 7.00pm – 10.00pm hours. Tours last about 30 minutes.
FREE, bookable at the ABC Visitor Centre, Lime Street.

The Black-E

The Black-E
Great Georges Community Cultural Project
Great George Street,
Liverpool, L1 5EW


From 5:30pm – 7:00pm hours FREE
Future, Fiction and Fantasy schools exhibition.
Eighteen schools from the region have taken part in the Liverpool Biennial 2008 Schools Project,  the outcome of which has been work for the schools exhibition Future, Fiction and Fantasy.

The Bluecoat

School Lane,
Liverpool, L1 3BX
0151 702 5324 

Open until 11.00pm FREE
Discover a vision of utopian worlds, fabricated pasts and imagined futures in Liverpool’s most iconic creative hub.
Late-night gallery opening of Liverpool Biennial International 08: MADE UP – Experience myth, mischief, fiction and spectacle and ask yourself – What’s real? What’s made up?
Live music, DJs and the now legendary barbeque at the Bluecoat

Interactive poncho-making
Respond to the work in the exhibition of Canadian artists the Royal Art Lodge
Free, just drop in.

Sun Ra’s
A screening of the legendary gig at the Bluecoat  – two hours of wild cosmic jazz freak out!

Capital Nights Dance Festival
Triple Bill with Legitimate Bodies Dance Company (Cork), and Liverpool companies Taciturn and Guerrilla Dance. Programme produced by Merseyside Dance Initiative.
Time 9.30pm Tickets: £7/5


88 Wood Street,
Liverpool, L14DQ
0151 707 4450

Galleries open until 11.00pm 
See the MADE UP exhibition with mixed technology meeting myth, storytelling, imagined worlds and dream spaces.

Launch of Human Futures Publication
FREE, 5.00pm

Creation Creature Station
Use your imagination to create a creature; aimed at children but fun for all ages.
Free. 6.00 – 8.00pm

Human Futures screening
See a film programmed as part of the Outsiders Film Festival
XXY (15) Dir Lucia Puenzo. Argentina 2007 86 mins
Tickets £6.70/£4.70, 8.30pm

Poets and performances by Mercy and VJ sessions in the café.
Free, just drop in


Georges Dock Building,
Pier Head,
L3 1DD

Terminus by Ben Parry
Outdoor projection on the east wall of Georges Dock Building
Sunset 4:31PM pm – sunrise  6:58AM am

Terminus is a cinematic construction of the entire Liverpool dock complex as could have been witnessed from a journey on the Liverpool Overhead Railway (LOR) . The journey flows from South to North, day to night, back and forth with only a vague sense of beginning or end.

Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery
28-32 Wood St
Liverpool, L1 4AQ
0151 709 9460

open until 11.00pm  FREE

Still Cinema 6: Light-speed travel
A programme of short artists’ films including Claude Lelouch’s cult short C’etait un rendez-vous (1976), a near-suicidal non-stop Ferrari drive through Paris at dawn.
Open Eye Projects: The Memory Conpiracy
A one-night-only video installation exploring the relationship between stillness and movement, loops and progress, climax and repetition.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock,
Liverpool, L3 4BB,
0151 702 7400    

Open until 11.00pm FREE

MADE UP at Tate includes  commissioned artworks which ‘make up’ new places – staging posts that exist somewhere on the journey between the real and the unreal, fact and fiction, truth and lie.
HIVE DJs and Visual Artists, Café Del Lar DJs, Testcard, Annie Hogan and Robert Strachan and Wolfgang Flur (ex-Kraftwerk)
Free, Just drop in
From  6.00pm

Artist Talk: Luisa Lambri
Artist Luisa Lambri leads an illustrated in conversation event on her practice and her work in the Liverpool Biennial 2008.
£7 (£5.50, £4 concessions)
Pre booking recommended
Time – 6.00 – 9.30pm

Film Screening : With Gilbert & George
This intimate and moving portrait reveals the individuals behind the living sculptures. The film traces their lives from humble beginnings to the centre of the world’s artistic stage, FREE as part of the Outsiders Film Festival, just drop in.
Time  8.00pm

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street,
Liverpool, L3 8EL
0151 478 4199

Open from 6pm to 10.00pm
Performances in association with Liverpool Music Week
Thomas Joseph & Murphy, Duncan Stuart, Zoe Nicol, Nilamusic, Karen Cleary.

Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series
Famous city landmarks are reproduced in amazing detail in this huge architectural panorama.

John Moores 25 Contemporary Painting Prize
These forty works, represent the best of the UK’s current and future painting talent. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite painting with a Visitors’ Choice prize of £2008 awarded to the winning artist.

John Moores prizewinners 1957-2006 exhibition
A rare chance to see a selection of the prestigious competition’s past winning art works.

A Foundation

A Foundation
67 Greenland Street,
Liverpool L1 OBY
0151 706 0600 

Open until 11pm FREE

An evening of autumnal delights, with apple bobbing competitions, live music, DJs and roasted chestnuts in the café bar

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008
Exceptional new works by artists who might burn bright or twinkle for a day. Selected by Richard Billingham, Ceal Floyer and Ken Lum this year is the largest show ever.
Communication and Association
Berlin based collective Artists Anonymous have created a labyrinthine installation designed to have a disruptive influence. Inside seven interconnected rooms, the construction, paintings and scientific texts can be viewed amid a variety of uncomfortable conditions

Far West Metro
The Far West Metro store stocks products designed by artists with consumers actively producing, or part producing, the product they wish to buy.

Fantasy Studio Project
Seven Korean artists have been provided with a studio to create a ‘fantasy studio’, in which to re-interpret the space as a location where practice ‘bleeds and blends’ with the venue itself.

An exhibition of extraordinary photographs by Manuel Vason who collaborates with leading performance artists to produce an image.

Arena Art & Design Association

Arena Art & Design Association
1st Floor Elevator Buildings
27 Parliament Street
Liverpool L8  5RN
0151 707 9879

Arena’s new studio building is not yet quite ready, so unfortunately will not be open in time for the Long Night after all.

BBC Big Screen Liverpool & BBC Radio Merseyside

BBC Big Screen Liverpool
Clayton Square

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Time 19.00 – 20.30
F.W. Murnau’s classic silent horror movie from 1921 is given a contemporary soundtrack by Liverpool band a.P.A.t.T.  Observe the band  at the BBC on Hanover Street and catch the full experience at the Big Screen FREE, just drop by. Presented in association with MTV Liverpool Music Week.

Bluecoat Display Centre

Bluecoat Display Centre
The Bluecoat
School Lane
Liverpool  L1 3BZ
0151 709 4014 

Open until 10.00pm  FREE

Drawings in Gold
Internationally renowned jeweller and sculptor Wendy Ramshaw has been producing stylish and exquisitely made cutting edge work for the past 40 years..

The Bridewell Gallery

The Bridewell Studios and Gallery
101 Prescot Street,
Liverpool L7 8UL
0151 263 6730

From 6.00pm to 11.00pm  FREE

Exhibiting artist Tamarin Norwood records your comments, critiques and thoughts, which she will weave into a continuous fabric of spoken sound to create review of art in Liverpool 2008. 

Ceri Hand Gallery Ltd

Ceri Hand Gallery Ltd
12 Cotton Street,
Liverpool L3 7DY,
0151 207 0899

From 6pm – 9pm  FREE
Exhibition Preview: Jen Liu
UK first for New York based artist Jen Liu until 30 November 2008

Contemporary Urban Centre

Contemporary Urban Centre
41-51 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 0BS
0151 708 3510

Galleries open until 9pm
Music in Galleries from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

NICE08 explores contemporary links between the North West and the Nordic countries. There is a major retrospective of the drawings by legendary gay artist Tom of Finland.

Fellow Travellers –  group exhibition concentrating on the quality of the work rather than the sexuality of the 15 artists involved. And Then He Was a She features
portraits of Andy Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn by Sadie Lee

Vue sur Quebec  showcases eleven artists featured in previous Québec city biennials and Liverpool International Artists  (Curated by Terry Duffy) tackles themes  of urban cultural diversity, homelessness, alienation, love, passion and spirituality.   Finally, Rush Hour by Mark Willcox is a solo exhibition that recreates Mark Willcox’s experiences of rush hour with a sight-impaired condition.

Music events (Free)
7.00-9.00pm Mark Barker and the Toxteth Community Alliance
7.30-8.30pm – Jack Roberts, rock and blues
Music in the Jamaica Rooms (Free)
9.00-10.00pm Laney Murphy, blues singer & songwriter.
10.00 – 11.00pm Christina Malley 

Curve Gallery

Curve Gallery
Carlisle Building,
First Floor 67 – 69,
Victoria Street,
Liverpool L1 6DE
0151 227 1508

Open until 9pm FREE

Elizabeth Willow: “what cannot come to pass”. 
An attempted flight of fancy exploring the human longing to defy gravity and fly like a bird.
Lisa Who’s studios, LIMB STUDIOS will also be open


2-4 Queen Avenue,
Castle Street,
Liverpool, L2 4TX
0845 017 6660

From 6.00pm – 9.30pm FREE

dot-art Autumn Collection Viewing
A group show of nearly 100 Merseyside based artists. 

Hope Street Project

Voices Travel As Light Down Hope Street – FREE
Lecture Theatre, John Moores University, 68 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9HW
The Hope Street Project will link the Liverpool’s two iconic Cathedrals useing two lasers – one visible during hours of darkness and the second carrying voices and sounds.
Turn up between 7.00 and 9.00pm, record your words and phrases and add your voice to the project.

CCP Car Park

CCP Car Park,
Duke St
Liverpool L1 5AA
0151 708 9781

Open until 11.00pm FREE

Four groups of artists from, Gdansk, Istanbul, Naples and Liverpool will occupy the gallery for one week in-turn to produce an exhibition.. As succeeding groups occupy the gallery, they will be invited to incorporate what the previous ‘cities’ have left.  Tonight is mid-way through the Istanbul residency.

9pm performance by artist collective Ha za vu zu.

Merseytunnels Museum  

Merseytunnels Museum  
Georges Dock Building
Georges Dock Way
Pier Head
Liverpool L3 1DD
0151 236 8602 ext 204.

Queensway Tunnel Tour
Hard hat tours at 6.00pm and 7.30pm (tours last 75 mins) – FREE
See how an engineering masterpiece has survived the test of time.
Advance bookings only 0151 236 8602 ext 204.
Please wear sensible shoes and warm clothing. Not suitable for those with walking or breathing difficulties, or children under 10.

Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt

Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt
Brownlow Hill

Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture
Exhibition stays open until 9.00pm
Tickets £6/£4 available in advance via web (with booking fee) or on the night at the venue. 
TALK:  Le Corbusier and Britain
6.30 – 8.30 pm
John Foster Building, 98 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5UZ
Join Charles Knevitt, Dr Irena Murray, Adrian Forty and Alan Powers as they discuss and debate Le Corbusier’s legacy in Britain.
Tickets: £7/£5 Advance booking essential.
T: 0151 703 0107 or  E:

Red Wire

Carlisle Building,
69 Victoria St.

7.00-11.00pm  FREE

Fear yourself: Daniel Johnston
Exhibition of works created by cult American musician and artist Daniel Johnston. Musically Johnston is acclaimed by David Bowie, Beck, Spiritualized, and Kurt Cobain.

Gigs from 8.00pm-10.00pm
Includes Hackey Carriages, Zangief plus special guests
Look out for giant eyeballs …

The Royal Standard

The Royal Standard
Unit 3, Vauxhall Business Centre,
131 Vauxhall Rd,
Liverpool L3 6BN,
0151 236 1919

Open until 10.00pm Free; (pay bar)
Exhibition: NAVIGATOR
The inaugural exhibition in the Royal Standard’s new. Set against Liverpool’s rapidly changing urban and cultural landscape. 
Exhibition: Mr Democracy
An ambitious international project exploring trade, democracy and globalisation, Mr Democracy undertakes the creation of a UK constitution.  Tonight artist Oliver Walker will welcome 1000 specially manufactured plastic toys that will speak the constitution when pressed.
6pm onwards: Mr Democracy Welcoming ceremony for the new constitutions 
6.30pm – 7.10pm: NAVIGATOR Artist Talk; Juan Cruz, Head of Art, Liverpool School of Art and Design in conversation with Tim Machin and Peter Ainsworth

St Georges Hall Visitor Centre

St Georges Hall Visitor Centre
St Georges Hall
St Georges Place
Liverpool, L1 1JJ
0151 225 6909
Enter through South Entrance opposite St John’s Shopping Centre.

Open until 10pm  FREE

Steve McQueen
Queen and Country is a commemoration of British servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the conflict in Iraq, and has been made in collaboration with the families of the deceased. McQueen was commissioned as an official war artist by the Imperial War Museum to respond to the conflict in Iraq. 

Static Trading Co

Static Gallery
Static Trading Co
23 Roscoe Lane
L1 9JD

Static Noodle Bar and Ssamzie Store, one of Korea’s leading fashion stores and art galleries will be open till 10pm

Victoria Gallery and Museum

Victoria Gallery and Museum
The University of Liverpool
Brownlow Hill
0151 794 2348

8.00 – 10.00pm FREE
Liverpool through the Lens
Edward Chambré Hardman was a photographer of unrivalled quality in Liverpool who flourished in the 1920s to 1960s

Stuart Sutcliffe retrospective
Sutcliffe joined Liverpool School of Art at 16 where he met John Lennon and joined The Beatles… This exhibition charts the development of his style from his days at Prescott Grammar School,

Art Collection
The collection spans the 16th to 21st centuries including works by Joseph Wright of Derby, Turner, Epstein, Freud, Frink and John James Audubon.

The Waterhouse Cafe will also be open

View Two Gallery

View Two Gallery
23 Mathew Street
Liverpool L2 6RE
0151 236 9555

From 8.30pm

Lost Voices; Sonic adventures for the music weary
Tickets £5/3 on the door
Living Room – Stunning ambient textures using voice, guitar and loops,
Hamilton Yarns – a slice of sonic theatre’ Matthew Wood & guests – dance tunes from Liverpool-based accordionist.

‘Local Heroes’ – Sarah Gladden, Emily Lansley, Jon Pountain, Sarah Romano, Chiz Turnross.
An exhibition some of Liverpool’s brightest creative talents.
Open from 8.30pm to Lost Voices ticket holders

Wolstenholme Projects

Wolstenholme Projects
11 Wolstenholme Square
Liverpool L1 4JJ

From 6.00pm – 11.00pm FREE

Exhibition Avionics: Jane Edden
Installation includes feathered devices raising a polyphony of sound and a flock of birds on the gallery walls.

3345 Parr Street

3345 Parr Street
33-45 Parr Street,
Liverpool L1 4JN
0151- 708 – 6345

From 5.30pm  FREE

Exhibition: Love You All Madly – Jazz & Blues portraiture by Terry Cryer
Timeless, intuitive, and alluring, Cryer’s images of the great jazz and blues musicians that words could never define.

Live Music from 9.00pm  
A blues inspired lineup of live acoustic music, with  Ernie’s Rhythm Section, Johnny Sands and SJ Downes, plus jazz and blues aficionados Musica del Alma.


Please visit for full programme details or pick up a brochure on 30 October.