ART ATTACK – So What Exactly is The Biennial?

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WORDS: Angharad Millington

Drawing inspiration from the city’s past, present and future, artists from around the globe will showcase their work at this year’s Liverpool Biennial.

This is the ninth edition of the festival which is the UK’s most established international art event and with 14 weeks of exhibitions taking place across various Liverpool locations, there is enough to satisfy even the keenest gallery-goer.

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: ‘’Through the work on show, the artists can help to tell the stories of the city as each of the episodes are prompted by the city itself.’

This year’s free festival of art acknowledges Liverpool’s heritage as Europe’s oldest Chinese community with the Chinatown episode and gives a nod to Liverpool’s grandest buildings with the Ancient Greece episode.

Some of the artists have worked collaboratively with local children which is evident in the Children’s Episode – a key aspect of the programme this year according to Sally Tallant who stated that ‘the cultural curriculum and access to art in schools is key.’

Other episodes include Flashbacks, Software and Monuments from the Future.

Over 44 international artists are involved with the event. From local artists such as Birkenhead-born Mark Leckey, who won the Turner Prize in 2008, to American Rita McBride, who has transformed a reservoir in Toxteth into a giant portal using laser beams.

Mixing the old with the new, Greek artist Andreas Angelidakis interestingly compares the stories depicted on Ancient Greek pottery to the social media platforms thriving in today’s modern world which encapsulates the Biennials theme of time travel.

Liverpool Biennial 2016 runs from 9th July until the 16th October and more information can be found here: http://www.biennial.com

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