Liverpool Biennial back for its 20th birthday

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The Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art festival, will mark its 20th anniversary this year with its 10th edition, under the title ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?

Running from July 14th to October 28th, 18 the festival will feature 40 artists from 22 countries, over 15 sites.

The programme invites artists and the audience to reflect on our world, and the social, political and economic turmoil taking place across the city, as the exhibition invites those attending to explore Liverpool’s rich history.

Some of the venues to be featured are Bluecoat, FACT, RIBA North, Tate Liverpool, The Playhouse, LJMU’s very own Exhibition Research Lab located within the John Lenon Art and Design Building, and several public spaces across the city.

Kitty Scott, Curator of the Liverpool Biennial, told JMU Journalism: “As with any opportunity to show art from around the world, it really gives us so much global perspective of what else is happening through an artist’s lens in a time of true turmoil and evil happening throughout our world.”

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Organisers aims to highlight the great uncertainty that we face in our world right now, and use historical subjects from within many Liverpool archives to do so, including works from LJMU’s exhibition research lab.

Kitty added: “To bring this to somewhere like the LJMU John Lennon building is remarkable. It’s brought the city so much, and it’s great to reflect on how much Liverpool has to offer and the great works of art and spaces here in the city.”

The 2018 Biennial will mark the commission of over 500 works over the 20 years, and a total generation of £126 Million.

This year’s festival will again feature the John Moores painting prize in its 60th year, as the Walker Art Gallery will host the contest where an esteemed panel of jurors have already narrowed down more than 2,700 entries to 258 artworks. The winner will be announced on Tuesday April 24th.

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