LJMU to host Liverpool Biennial

22 May 2012

LJMU is playing host to the Liverpool Biennial this September in a partnership agreement which will see the Copperas Hill Building open to the public for the first time in its history.

The full programme for the largest contemporary art festival in the UK was announced today with Copperas Hill and the Cunard Building leading the Liverpool landmark venues that will play host to the most exciting arts festival in the UK.

Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU Vice-Chancellor comments:

"The Liverpool Biennial is an enormously important event for the city and we are delighted to be playing our part in hosting part of the programme in our Copperas Hill Building.

"Copperas Hill was acquired by the University as a development opportunity and whilst we work on the long term plans for the building, this partnership presents a perfect opportunity for us to provide a really unusual venue for the Biennial which prides itself on showcasing contemporary art in unexpected places. It will be the first time the building has been open to the public so that alone should prove to be as interesting attraction as the artwork on display."

An element of the partnership with Liverpool Biennial will be the creation of work experience, volunteering and learning opportunities for students, not only for students from the visual arts but students across the University.

Juan Cruz, Director of the Liverpool School of Art and Design comments:

"LJMU will be hosting both City States and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, which brings together work from both established artists from around the world and emerging talent from the best art schools in the UK. This partnership with Liverpool Biennial is a great opportunity for our students to experience an international arts festival of this calibre and we're really looking forward to working with the Biennial to produce a great show."

The Liverpool Biennial will take place from 15 September to 25 November - full details of the emerging programme can be viewed on the website www.biennial.com

Further details of the LJMU programme will be released shortly.

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