Liverpool Biennial….. Contemporary art at its best.

This month Liverpool welcomes the 8th Liverpool Biennial Arts Exhibition- an amazing city wide celebration of modern and contemporary art.

16 weeks of free exhibitions, events, performances, talks, tours, screenings and family activities across Liverpool’s spaces, places, galleries and museums. 5th July-26th October.

There are exhibitions and programmes popping up all over Liverpool, with something for everybody, even free tours of the Biennial for both individuals and groups of young people, booked via IdeasTap.

Some of the venues in Liverpool include The Old Blind School, the Bluecoat, FACT and Tate Liverpool. Also featured as part of the programme is the John Moore’s Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, with grand exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and LJMU’s,Exhibition Research Centre.

A highlight of the opening Biennial weekend was the memorable concert at Liverpool Cathedral of a specially composed new work by Michael Nyman, Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial. This was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and the Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Joseph Vicent.

Last week, business colleagues and I marvelled at the “Dazzle Ship” in the Albert Dock, commissioned to mark the centenary of the First World War. We viewed this from the terrace garden at the Hub, with stunning views of the waterfront.
This ship is well worth a stroll around. Some 2000 warships during the war, were painted in reds, oranges, and greens to confuse German U-boats out on the treacherous wild seas.

With so much on, the Festival Guide is a must to help you navigate the Biennial. This can be easily picked up at any of the exhibition venues or at the ‘Culture Hub’ Mann Island.

However, what you will not find in the guide book is, the gem of gems at Café Valise, that exotic venue at Edge Hill station. An oasis in the midst, with Jodie the arts manager, always ready to give an informed discussion on any art installation, and knows where the stash of Naked Wines is hidden, or coffee…… Never miss dropping in when I’m up that way!.

Take a trip to the Station this week and see Macoto Murayama’s new work Botech Compositions, well worth the trek.

You will not be disappointed by this fantastic exhibition; art that is beautifully installed like a botanical chapel. This talented Japanese artist excels with pictures of plants rendered in 3D Studio Max.

The lighting and positioning of the art reflects and mesmerises you with colour, giving an effect that enhances the art forms to max.

Me, well, I’m off to FACT to view Sharon Lockharts “Podworka” a socio-linguistic project that empowered Polish children on the project, to articulate their own perspectives about the world. An exhibition in a collection of films about childhood in collaboration with Picturehouse.

Check-out the free family sessions at FACT Saturday 26th July 12-4pm when an artist-led workshop designed to be enjoyed by children and ‘big kids’ alike.

Enjoy the hidden Liverpool over the next few weeks, and have an exploration of our architectural smorgasbord of a city, enlivened by the calendar of biennial events this summer. 5th July-26th October

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