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 and Liverpool City Council.


When did Liverpool Biennial start?

Liverpool Biennial was founded in 1998.


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 the 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 ‘work with us’ 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 next edition of Liverpool Biennial will take place 7 June – 14 September 2025


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.


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 ‘work with us’ page.