About Liverpool Biennial

What is Liverpool Biennial?

Liverpool Biennial is a visual arts organisation that presents the UK’s largest and longest-running free festival of contemporary visual art every two years.

The organisation also delivers a year-round programme of public art commissions, community and school projects, and research. Our work connects international and global thinking with the city, and in turn we share what the city has to offer with audiences and peers around the world.

Liverpool Biennial aims to create long-lasting impact through the economic investment it brings to the city, through support for artistic, peer and young people’s professional development, through community and school programmes and through its contribution to placemaking in the city and wider region.

Liverpool Biennial is a registered charity and is supported by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council.


How can I support Liverpool Biennial?

You can donate here to help us keep our programme free for all Alternatively, every purchase you make from the Liverpool Biennial Shop also helps to fund our ambitious programming.


How do you select artists for the Biennial festival?

Artists are invited to participate in the Biennial festival by our guest curator within the set curatorial framework of edition. However, we do often have open calls and other development opportunities for artists based in Liverpool and beyond, these will always be listed on our opportunities page.

We regret that we are unable to accept unsolicited proposals.


How can I get in touch with Liverpool Biennial?

You can email us at info@biennial.com


The Festival

When is Liverpool Biennial?

The 12th edition of Liverpool Biennial, ‘uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things’ takes place 10 June – 17 September 2023.


Do I need a ticket for Liverpool Biennial?

All Liverpool Biennial exhibitions are free to visit however we do host ticketed events from time to time. Please sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date on our latest news and events.


How do I get to Liverpool Biennial?

Liverpool Biennial takes place all over the city centre for further information on our venues, access, transport, and hospitality head to biennial.com/visit.


Are guided tours available?

Yes – free tours run throughout the festival and you can find details of these on our ‘What’s On’ page. If you would like to book a private tour, please get in touch with us at tours@biennial.com.


Is there a map?

Yes – you can find a map at the front of our free printed guide or alternatively you can view a digital version here.

Our route guides also provide a useful breakdown of our venues and artworks, depending on how long you have to visit the festival.


Are your venues accessible?

All our venues have flat access, however for detailed access information please consult our access guide.


Do you offer BSL/Audio Described tours?

We offer BSL interpretation and Audio Description at many of our events but if you would like to arrange a tour of the festival, please get in touch with us at access@biennial.com.


Can I volunteer for the Biennial?

We don’t offer volunteer positions; however, we do hire a front of house team for every festival – do keep an eye out for open roles on our opportunities page.