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Southport Reporter    Edition published on:- 09 August 2002

One of a kind for the UK, to be held in Liverpool!
Liverpool showcases its second Biennial with support from the NWDA

In early Autumn England’s Northwest will play host to the second Biennial of contemporary visual art in Liverpool.  The event is the only one of its kind in the country, building on a recognised tradition of ambitious national and international exhibitions. In partnership with city venues, Liverpool Biennial 2002 brings together artists from around the world in a ten-week celebration of the freshest and most innovative elements of visual culture. 

Liverpool Biennial 2002 begins on September 14th and continues until November 24th. Welcome Box was launched on July 22nd on platform 7 of First North Western’s Liverpool Lime Street Station.

The Northwest Development Agency has announced funding support for the national and international marketing of the Liverpool Biennial, recognising the potential an event of this calibre has to boost the image of Liverpool, England’s Northwest and increase visitor numbers. 

The 2002 Biennial programme consists of 5 strands:-

International 2002:- A platform for internationally established artists, created specifically for the Biennial.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2002:- The annual exhibition of work selected from the UK’s art colleges, offering an essential platform for emerging artists.

John Moores 22 exhibition of contemporary painting:- The UK’s biggest and longest-running painting competition.

Independent 2002:- The region’s artists exhibit their own work and present the art of their choice from the UK and abroad. 

Events programme:- This includes Live Art performances, conferences, workshops, tours community events, launches and parties.

As part of the 2002 Biennial the NWDA has also provided funding for the first artwork to be showcased in the city.  New York based architectural partnership LOT-EK were invited by Liverpool Biennial to design a kiosk, for one of a number of sites in the city centre, to provide information to visitors. Welcome Box is a former sea container, 2.8 x 18 x 2.8 metres in size, which visitors to see a moving image presentation about the Biennial by New York based Pan Optic.

Peter Mearns, Director of Marketing, NWDA said:-

“Liverpool Biennial 2002 will bring together artists from around the world in a celebration of innovative, engaging visual culture. I am delighted to announce our funding partnership with the organisers, which will assist in marketing this unique event in the UK and overseas, giving a boost to tourism, and showcasing Liverpool and England’s Northwest, building on the success of the Commonwealth Games in raising the region’s profile.”

Article by Lisa Margis.

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