About



Ai Weiwei, Web of Light, 2008. Photo: Adatabase

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial presents the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place every two years across the city’s public spaces, galleries and historic buildings, the Biennial commissions artists to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. The festival is underpinned by a year-round programme of research, education, residencies, projects and commissions.

Since its inception, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 380 new artworks and presented work by over 530 renowned artists from around the world. Amongst artists presented in previous editions are Doug Aitken, John Akomfrah, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yoko Ono, Ai Weiwei and Franz West.

Major public artworks commissioned by Liverpool Biennial include Ugo Rondinone’s Liverpool Mountain (2018), Peter Blake’s Everybody Razzle Dazzle (2015), Jaume Plensa’s Dream (2009) and Antony Gormley’s Another Place (2005).

The 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port will take place from 20 March. This edition was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Further information can be found here.