Liverpool Biennial

  • Various Venues |
  • 15 September – 25 November 2012

Every two years Liverpool hosts the UK's largest international contemporary arts festival.

This autumn, following the influx of Olympics visitors to Britain, the ten-week festival explores the theme of hospitality under the heading ‘The Unexpected Guest’.

Sixty established and emerging artists from around the world will place works in unusual locations around the city, including the iconic Cunard Building. A parallel show, City States, presents the work of over 60 artists from seven countries, exploring the dynamics between cities and states.

Venue & entry details

Various Venues Merseyside

Entry details

Free to all

Telephone 0151 709 7444

What the critics say


From the inspired to the odd, exhibits at the Liverpool international art biennial explore the theme of hospitality


This year's theme, "Hospitality", feels highly relevant to this port city with its history of departures and arrivals.


The best work in the biennial is undoubtedly John Akomfrah's The Unfinished Conversation, a three-screen video based on the life, work and talk of the incomparable Jamaican-born thinker Stuart Hall, at the Bluecoat Gallery.