Liverpool Biennial and SEVENSTORE have joined forces to offer three bursaries to artists and creatives based in Merseyside. We are delighted to announce this year's selected artists.

As part of a shared commitment to supporting local artists in Liverpool and Merseyside, Liverpool Biennial 2023 and SEVENSTORE have joined forces to offer three bursaries of £3000 each for artists and creative practitioners between June-September 2023, as part of the 12th edition of Liverpool Biennial: ‘uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things’. We are delighted to announce the selected artists: Alexis Maxwell, Sufea Mohamad Noor, and Willzy.

‘uMoya’ addresses the history and temperament of Liverpool and is a call for ancestral and indigenous forms of knowledge, wisdom and healing. In the isiZulu language, ‘uMoya’ means spirit, breath, air, climate and wind. The festival draws a line from the ongoing Catastrophes caused by colonialism towards an insistence on being truly Alive.

Expanding upon these themes, the selected artists all examine or work with practices of care. The creatives consider the various meanings and manifestations of care in different contexts and from disparate viewpoints, paralleling and contributing to the approach of our Liverpool Biennial 2023 artists. The artists explore care for, and within, different communities and identities; developing projects around ideas such as sharing and caring for Liverpool’s forgotten East and South East Asian heritage, and investigating the wants and needs of the local queer community.

The participating artists will receive support from Liverpool Biennial to develop their practices through self-determined activities inspired by their own unique needs. The creatives are invited to showcase their work during the final weeks of the festival, between 4-10th September, and will benefit from dedicated time with our festival Curator, Khanyisile Mbongwa, and the wider Biennial team to support their research and development and help make connections.