Liverpool Biennial 2012 kicked off last weekend with a presentation of 242 artists in 27 locations across the city of Liverpool in what is the UK’s largest festival dedicated to international contemporary art. This year, the Biennial notably presents the John Moores Painting Prize, the UK’s largest painting prize, at the Walker Art Gallery. Overall, the Biennial showcases both emerging artists such as the New Bloomberg Contemporaries as well as works by perennial favourites including William Kentridge, Sophie Calle, John Akomfrah and Gilbert and George. I caught up with the Biennial’s Artistic Director and CEO Sally Tallant to find out what excites her about this year’s biennial.
Sally Tallant has served as Liverpool Biennial’s Artistic Director and CEO since November 2011. Of this year’s exhibitions programme, she said: ‘I am very excited about the range of work that we have curated for this years Biennial. As well as many new commissions we have been able to show archive work and represent existing work which I think leads to a complex and layered experience. The range of sites is also very exciting we have been very lucky to be able to use the Cunard building and its a wonderful space to present art in. Every weekend of the Biennial offers a busy and diverse programme and I hope that everyone will find something compelling that they will want to experience.’ Sally went on to say that ‘Film and video work is prominent within the programme. It is a contemporary tool/medium and for many artists is is a way to reflect contemporary culture.’
Carol Huston is a freelance writer living in Manchester.