Liverpool Biennial 2012 – The Largest Contemporary Art Festival in the UK – 15 September – 25 November 2012

Last night I was privileged to be at the meeting where the programme for this year’s 10 week Liverpool Biennial 2012 festival was unveiled by Sally Tallant, the Biennial’s new Director. She stated that “Every two years the festival offers an enormous variety of free public events, exhibitions and performances – this autumn will be no different”. She added that she wanted to try and engage every single person in this city.


What an exciting programme it is with international commissions, major exhibitions and special events. It is the largest contemporary art festival in the UK.  For this Olympic year, Liverpool Biennial will explore the theme of hospitality. The 10 weeks events will be staged at 13 venues across the city which includes, for the first time , the iconic Cunard Building.

There are so many highlights, too many to mention here; but there will be a huge shipping container wedged precariously in a public location and work bursting through the floor of Liverpool ONE. The exhibition, The Unexpected Guest, will show works from 60 acclaimed leading and emerging artists from across the world in venues all over the city. City States brings together over 60 artists from seven countries, exploring the dynamics between states and cities with new and exciting works and the venue for this will be the former Royal Mail Sorting office, Copperas Hill, together with the Bloomberg New Contemporaries showcase.

Richard Wilson’s ‘Turning the place over’

Each weekend of the Biennial will have a distinctive and exciting programme that will include film, performance,comedy, music, archaeology, expeditions, poetry, dance and a Young People’s Biennial.

All this in our wonderful City, on our door step!!

The last Biennial in 2010 attracted over 600,000 visitors to Liverpool. This is another centre stage to show the world how lucky we are to live and share this city’s life and experiences. This is Liverpool 2012, be sure you are part of it.

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