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Discover our programme of events, which includes films, talks, tours, workshops and family activities. Our exhibitions are open daily at The Old Blind SchoolFACTthe BluecoatTate Liverpool and St. Andrews Gardens, and are free to visit. Each day of the festival you can join our team at The Old Blind School for a 'Small Talk' on an artist's practice at 3pm and a guided tour to the Jef Cornelis exhibition at St. Andrews Gardens at 12pm.  

Forthcoming

19 September 2014The Companion: Mounira Al SolhAudiences are invited to read two issues of magazines each existing as a single print edition, both published following a series of politically-motivated arrests
19 September 2014The Companion: Josephine Foster & Victor Herrero and Will HolderTypographer Will Holder reads a metered lecture “to be sung or chanted”, followed by Josephine Foster and Victor Herrero's live vocal and acoustic set, channeling the spirit of collective anonymous music
20 September 2014The Companion: The Screens with Angie Keefer and James English LearyArtists and mediators produce segments of Jean Genet's play, The Screens, in an improvised film studio.
20 September 2014Family Sessions at FACTArtist-led family workshops designed to be enjoyed by children and ‘big kids’ alike.
20 September 2014The Companion: Lucy Skaer Lucy Skaer conducts a partial tour of the exhibition at The Old Blind School from the outside, looking in, while using a series of objects cast in obsidian to reflect on the role of obscurantism in economics and other social systems.
20 September 2014This Workshop Will Not Be Documented! Led By Guy AtkinsDrawing from the De Middel commission and Mulas exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Guy Atkins will lead a critical debate and workshop reflecting on protests, demonstrations and current practices within institutions.
20 September 2014John Moores 2014 Winner In ConversationTake part in a live Q&A with the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2014, lead by Head of Art Galleries, Sandra Penketh.
20 September 2014Explore at the Bluecoat​A host of creative activities related to the Whistler exhibition for families to do together. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece.
20 September 2014Tour: Total Art by Adrian HenriA guided tour of the exhibition with Catherine Marcangeli, Curator
20 September 2014Adrian Henri Total Art SymposiumA symposium on the work of Adrian Henri.
20 September 2014The Companion: Jeremiah Day with Bart de Kroon The debut performance of Jeremiah Day's project tracing the legacy of the American Anti-Imperialist League, with music by Bart de Kroon.
20 September 2014Adrian Henri Book LaunchCelebrating the life and work of Adrian Henri, Occasional Papers are launching a book about the Liverpool-bord artist. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Bryan Biggs, Adrian Henri, Antony Hudek and Catherine Marcangeli, the book will be launched at an event at the Bluecoat.
20 September 2014The Companion at The KazimierAn evening of live music and performance at The Kazimier including Anika (DE/UK); Federica Bueti (IT) and Jan Verwoert (DE); CONCERT - Chris Evans (UK), Morten Narbye Halvorsen (NO) and Benjamin Seror (FR); Will Holder (UK); and more.
21 September 2014The Companion: Oskar Schlemmer DancesDancers and musicians stage works conceived by Oskar Schlemmer, originally presented by young artists who studied with him at the Bauhaus in Dessau.
21 September 2014Tour: Total Art by Adrian HenriA guided tour of the exhibition with ​Catherine Marcangeli, Curator
21 September 2014Philip Jeck: Vinyl Requiem (Replayed)Liverpool-based artist Philip Jeck revisits his acclaimed 1993 collaboration with Lol Sargent, a performance that involved 180 record players and multiple film and slide projections. In the wake of digital formats, the original work will be ‘replayed’ 21 years on, with Jeck playing live with the film.
21 September 2014In Focus: Social Exhibition ToursJoin us for a bespoke group visit to the Biennial Exhibition at The Old Blind School to learn more about the artwork and discuss your views with other people interested in contemporary art.
23 September 2014John Moores Painting Prize: Talk TuesdaysJoin us every Tuesday for an exhibition tour, artist talk or gallery discussion as we explore the history of the Prize and its role in contemporary art.
24 September 2014Sharon Lockhart Film Programme: Mes Petites Amoureuses (18)Martin Loeb stars in Jean Eustache's film as an adolescent boy shunted from a tranquil lifestyle at his grandmother's rural abode, surrounded by naïve and happy friends, to his long-absent mother's cramped apartment in the city.
25 September 2014Dazzle Ship: Tours of the Edmund GardnerSee behind the scenes on the ship from the engine room to the wheelhouse in this free guided tour.
27 September 2014Explore at the Bluecoat​A host of creative activities related to the Whistler exhibition for families to do together. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece.
27 September 2014Tour: Group ShowA guided tour of the exhibition with Rosie Cooper, Project Curator, Liverpool Biennial.
28 September 2014Sunday Art School: Magical ShapesCan objects defy gravity? Using interlocking shapes, help us to build sculptures that appear to defy belief, existing as if by magic!
30 September 2014John Moores Painting Prize: Talk TuesdaysJoin us every Tuesday for an exhibition tour, artist talk or gallery discussion as we explore the history of the Prize and its role in contemporary art.
30 September 2014An Occasion hosted by Isabel Lewis​Isabel Lewis will host a special Occasion in the Palm House, Sefton Park which will take the form of a party, at which Isabel will present her own work with free food and drink throughout.
02 October 2014Dazzle Ship: Tours of the Edmund GardnerSee behind the scenes on the ship from the engine room to the wheelhouse in this free guided tour.
02 October 2014Thinking City: Adam Chodzko From the cavernous vaults of Toxteth Reservoir, Adam Chodzko presents a performance: a talk, set in the future, that draws together ideas about Liverpool Dock developments, global shipping, the reality of domestic space, a modified wardrobe and the sole of a Nike trainer.
04 October 2014Explore at the Bluecoat​A host of creative activities related to the Whistler exhibition for families to do together. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece.
04 October 2014In Focus: Social Exhibition ToursJoin us for a bespoke group visit to the Biennial Exhibition at The Old Blind School to learn more about the artwork and discuss your views with other people interested in contemporary art.
07 October 2014John Moores Painting Prize: Talk TuesdaysJoin us every Tuesday for an exhibition tour, artist talk or gallery discussion as we explore the history of the Prize and its role in contemporary art.
08 October 2014Sharon Lockhart Film Programme: Bill Douglas Trilogy: My Childhood , My Ain Folk, and My Way HomeThis trilogy from director Bill Douglas provides a painfully intense picture of a harsh upbringing marked by poverty, isolation and the complex family background of a boy who only gradually discovers that his father is the man who lives down the road and that his mother is in an asylum.
11 October 2014International Biennial Association Summit Arts professionals explore a range of Biennial models in order to broaden knowledge of international practice in the UK and answer the question: What models are needed for the future?
11 October 2014Explore at the BluecoatA host of creative activities related to the Whistler exhibition for families to do together. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece.
11 October 2014Tour: Sharon LockhartA guided tour of the exhibition with Mike Stubbs, Director, FACT.
12 October 2014Tour: Not All Documents Are RecordsA guided tour of the exhibition led by the curatorial team.
14 October 2014John Moores Painting Prize: Talk TuesdaysJoin us every Tuesday for an exhibition tour, artist talk or gallery discussion as we explore the history of the Prize and its role in contemporary art.
15 October 2014Paul O’Keeffe: Whistler v Ruskin: the 'Pot of Paint' Libel Trial ​Whistler’s famous court case with John Ruskin is brought to life in this illustrated talk.
16 October 2014In Focus: Social Exhibition Tour​Join us for a bespoke group visit to the Biennial Exhibition at The Old Blind School to learn more about the artwork and discuss your views with other people interested in contemporary art.
17 October 2014Sharon Lockhart World PremiereBe the first to see Lockhart’s newest film, with the artist present to introduce the work.
18 October 2014Explore at the Bluecoat​A host of creative activities related to the Whistler exhibition for families to do together. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece.
18 October 2014Tour: Jef CornelisA guided tour of the exhibition with Grace Harrison, Fellow at Liverpool Biennial.
19 October 2014Tour: Group ShowA guided tour of the exhibition, with Anthony Huberman, Co-Curator of the 8th Liverpool Biennial Exhibition.
20 October 2014RIBA Architecture Tours: The Old Blind School​Join the RIBA guides for an hour-long tour covering the past, present and future of this important listed building at a significant location in the City.
21 October 2014John Moores Painting Prize: Talk TuesdaysJoin us every Tuesday for an exhibition tour, artist talk or gallery discussion as we explore the history of the Prize and its role in contemporary art.
23 October 2014Rolling around like gorillas on the incline: opening the imaginary in architecture and the artsHow do abstract propositions and physical reality meet in architecture and art, and how does that transformation or bridge affect us as users? This one-day event takes architect Claude Parent’s Twelve Subversive Acts to Dodge the System as the starting point to discuss ideas and concerns common to architecture
23 October 2014Drinks With… Ben Highmore​Drinks With… is a series of commissioned presentations by noted speakers, asking pertinent questions in response to the key curatorial concerns of A Needle Walks into a Haystack.
25 October 2014Explore at the Bluecoat​A host of creative activities related to the Whistler exhibition for families to do together. Drop in for a short time or spend all afternoon making your own masterpiece.
25 October 2014Tour: Total Art by Adrian HenriA guided tour of the exhibition with ​Catherine Marcangeli, Curator
26 October 2014Sunday Art School: Visible Rhythms How do we see rhythm? Repetitive actions and processes help us experience something that doesn't seem to be there. Through movement and making, an installation will grow that makes the invisible visible.
26 October 2014Tour: Total Art by Adrian HenriA guided tour of the exhibition with ​Catherine Marcangeli, Curator