More than 50 artists have been announced for the 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial, which will take place at various venues across the city in 2020.

Amongst the leading international and emerging artists commissioned are a raft of high profile names, including the UK artists: Larry Achiampong, who exhibited as part of the Diaspora Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Haroon Mirza, who has previously won the Northern Art Prize, Calder, and Nam June Paik Art Center prizes, and sculptor Alice Channer, who has also exhibited at Venice Biennale and Glasgow International.

The full list of artists also includes: Erick Beltrán (Mexico), Diego Bianchi (Argentina), Judy Chicago (USA), Ithell Colquhuon (UK), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad & Tobago), Yael Davids (Jerusalem/Netherlands), Ines Doujak (Austria) & John Barker (UK), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Jadé Fadojutimi (UK), Jes Fan (Hong Kong/Canada), Lamin Fofana (Sierra Leone/USA), Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica), Sonia Gomes (Brazil), Ane Graff (Norway), Ayesha Hameed (UK/Canada).

Camille Henrot (France), Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia), Sohrab Hura (India), Evan Ifekoya (UK), Invernomuto (Italy) & Jim C. Nedd (Italy), Rashid Johnson (USA), KeKeÇa (Turkey), Jutta Koether (Germany), Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK), Ligia Lewis (USA/Dominican Republic), Linder (UK), Luo Jr‐shin (Taiwan), Jorge Menna Barreto (Brazil), Neo Muyanga (South Africa), Pedro Neves Marques (Portugal).

Roland Persson (Sweden), Anu Põder (Estonia), Reto Pulfer (Switzerland/Germany), André Romão (Portugal), Kathleen Ryan (USA), Zineb Sedira (France), Xaviera Simmons (USA), Teresa Solar (Spain), Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Spain/Brazil), Jenna Sutela (Finland), UBERMORGEN (Austria/USA) & Leonardo Impett (UK/Italy), Luisa Ungar (Colombia/Austria), Alberta Whittle (Barbados), Zheng Bo (China), and David Zink Yi (Peru/Germany).

Liverpool Biennial has also revealed the artistic concept and title of its 11th edition next year. ‘The Stomach and the Port’ will explore notions of the body by drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, challenging our understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. It instead frames the body as a ‘fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment’.

Commenting on the announcement, Fatoş Üstek, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “We are thrilled to bring new horizons to the Biennial in 2020. We will be expanding further into public spaces with permanent and temporary artist commissions, whilst increasing our visibility in the city through our programming. We have brought together artists from the UK and around the globe, whose practices demonstrate a breadth of enquiry into the world we live in, to research and engage with Liverpool, its history and cultural landscape.”

Manuela Moscoso, Curator of Liverpool Biennial 2020, explained the variety of work that will be on show: “Many include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories, or look at intense forms of contact. We are taking the visible and invisible dynamics of Liverpool’s historic port as portents for the future body.”

Various locations across Liverpool are hosting the event, including public spaces, historic sites and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Victoria Gallery & Museum. New for 2020, Liverpool Biennial’s reach will also take place in the city’s historic Fabric District and beyond.

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial takes place every two years and commissions artists from around the world to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. Each edition is underpinned by a year-round programme of research, education, residencies and commissions. Since its inception the Biennial has commissioned over 340 new artworks and presented work by more than 480 artists.

‘Liverpool Biennial 2020: The Stomach and the Port’ takes place 11 July – 25 October 2020.


1. Haroon Mirza, Digital Switchover, 2012
2. Alice Channer
3. Ines Doujak, Masterless Voices (film still), 2014
4. Linder, The Goddess Who has Arrows, 2019

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