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Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port

  • Sat, 20 Mar 2021 - Sun, 05 Sep 2021
  • 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM

Bluecoat's galleries are currently closed in line with government guidance, and we will announce details of our Spring reopening as soon as possible.

In the meantime we are thrilled to be able to show Jorgge Menna Barreto's work, in the form of a mural on the outside of our building, from Sat 20 Mar.

We look forward to opening our galleries in due course later this Spring, with the Liverpool Biennial exhibition featuring Jadé Fadojutimi, Laura Huertas Millán, Roland Persson, Andre Romao, Kathleen Ryan and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.

Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. Taking place over public and unexpected spaces, historic sites and art galleries, the Biennial has been transforming the city through art for over two decades.

The 11th edition, The Stomach and the Port, explores notions of the body and ways of connecting with the world. More than 50 international artists have been invited to respond to this theme within the context of Liverpool. A dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings and fringe events unfolds over the 15 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.















The exhibition at Bluecoat draws together artists who rethink ideas about how humans and nature interact. Artworks in this exhibition suggest that we are not sealed off from our environment, but are porous. For example, our skin is porous and lets in moisture and other particles from our surroundings. But even hard, solid objects like rocks and concrete can be porous. When we recognise the constant exchanges between objects, plants and animals, we also reject the idea of humans as being separate from nature. Instead, new and more equal relationships come to light.

Discover more about the artists coming to Bluecoat later this Spring - 

Jadé Fadojutimi

Laura Huertas Millán

Roland Persson

Andre Romao

Kathleen Ryan

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

On the exterior wall of our building Jorgge Menna Barreto, who has worked with the Biennial since 2018, will present a collaborative mural documenting wild edible weeds found growing around us. The mural is a culmination of his durational project Environmental Sculpture, which will also include a publication. The publication, Enzyme #2: Life Systems, anchors on Menna Barreto’s research based practice focussing on how our environment is shaped by what we eat and how we live. Interested in reorienting our relationship with the natural environment, the research space at Bluecoat provides the backdrop for a mural, Mauvais Alphabet, entangling  drawings of common weeds found in Liverpool to form a community of plants which are mostly invisible and many times unwelcome, even though they play a vital role in the ecosystem. Both the publication and the mural are produced in collaboration with other artists and thinkers, including Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design students whose research, sketches and drawings will be woven  into the works.

Click here to find out more about the festival

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Image credits 

Clockwise from left - Kathleen Ryan, Bad Cherries (Legs) detail image; Andre Romao, Armor, 2019; Roland Persson, Mouth of Medusa, 2018; Jade Fadojutimi, By the Window, 2017;

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