As part of a shared commitment to supporting artists across the UK, a-n, Liverpool Biennial 2021 and Open Culture are joining forces to offer five support and research bursaries of £1,500 each for artists between March – June 2021, within the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial.

Taking over unexpected and public spaces, historic sites and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city of Liverpool through art for over two decades. The 2021 edition, The Stomach and the Port, is curated by Manuela Moscoso and draws on non-Western ways of thinking to explore notions of the body as a fluid organism which is continuously and simultaneously shaped by and shaping its environment.

Taking place 20 March – 6 June 2021, the festival is underpinned by a public programme entitled Processes of Fermentation which will bring together a diverse collection of voices through a dedicated peer strand. A healthy stomach has a rich diversity of bacteria. This probiotic injection of different voices will similarly assist in the absorption and digestion of information, ideas and exchanges to support and increase our collective gut intelligence in response to the Biennial.

Delivered as part of this public programme, and in partnership with a-n during our 40th anniversary year, these bursaries are open to a-n Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members who are living and working in the UK. Artists may be at any stage in their career, including early-career or may have been working for several years but wish to undertake a period of research in response to a new avenue of thinking. Reflecting the diversity of artist practices in The Stomach and the Port, we encourage applications from artists working in all visual and sonic arts disciplines that reflect innovative and ambitious thinking.

The Biennial will support the recipient artists to develop their practice through self-determined professional development activity that responds to their own unique needs. Artists will benefit from dedicated time with the festival exhibitions team, plus assistance from the marketing and wider Biennial staff to support their research and development, help make connections and to create opportunities for the sharing or showcasing work or practices within the framework of the festival.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Friday 12 February 2021.

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a-n Artist Bursaries are open to current a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members. Not yet a member? Find out more and Join a-n today

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