Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Sir Peter Blake (2015) was co-commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. Photo: Mark McNulty

Liverpool Biennial launches programme to support artists

Eleanor Mills, 03.02.2016
Initiative aims to help 10 artists develop international connections
A new scheme to help support artists in the north of England has been launched by the Liverpool Biennial festival.

The Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Programme aims to support, mentor and provide international opportunities for 10 artists, chosen by a panel of judges from art institutions around the world.

The initiative is partnered with two New York-based organisations, Independent Curators International (ICI) and Cactus Gallery.

The 10 finalists were picked from a shortlist of 40, and will be given the chance to develop their work for the Liverpool Biennial (9 July-16 Oct) with money from the programme.

The grants will be given to these artists to help them forge connections abroad through the international nature of the biennial and mentoring.

The Liverpool Biennial is putting £290,000 towards the new programme, and the Arts Council England is supporting that with £250,000 from their International Showcasing fund.

Sally Tallant, the director of the Liverpool Biennial, said: “We are excited to be able to support artists based in the region. Together with our partners, we look forward to developing their international connections, which will demonstrate that artists live, thrive and can succeed internationally from anywhere in the UK."