Looking for art exhibitions and events in Liverpool? You’ve come to the right place. It’s testament to the hard work behind the scenes that this city hosts so much in the way of cutting-edge art, whether cerebral and complex or accessible and communal. The London-based Assemble collective certainly give a solid indication of the latter, basing their Turner-winning regeneration work Granby Four Streets in the city’s Toxteth area, and demonstrating the lesser-observed fact that beautiful art also has the capacity to be practical and community-minded.
The galleries play their part, of course, with Tate Liverpool and the spectacular Walker Art Gallery providing homes for exhibitions both forward-thinking and grandly traditional, but there’s plenty to be found at the various independent galleries to boot. Every two years, the city also holds the Liverpool Biennial – the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art, which has hosted works as diverse as Rhys Chatham’s 100-guitar piece A Crimson Grail at the Anglican Cathedral, and Yoko Ono’s My mother is beautiful, which caused no shortage of controversy thanks to some not-really-very-risqué images being displayed in public. Classic.
It’s not just visual arts either: LGBT festival Homotopia mixes art, theatre, dance, photography and more (and you can expect spectacular results), while Writing On The Wall is an annual celebration of literature in all its forms.
Want to explore further? Of course you do. Wondering where to start? Hey, let us help: we’ve toiled and sweated to create this easy-to-use guide to art events in Liverpool. So what are you waiting for? Go explore! Oh, and if you’re organising an event or spot any information which needs listing or updating, let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with the event and venue details.