The Independents Biennial returns in March and is calling for a celebration of Liverpool City Region’s artistic and creative talent.
The events are free and held online 20 March-6 June. See their website here.
The festival, which runs alongside the Liverpool Biennial, exists to celebrate the region’s creative life and cast a fresh perspective on how people in Merseyside see, make and use art.
In its 22nd year, the festival’s plans have been changed by Covid-19 and the UK lockdown, which is likely to see many public venues closed in March and April.
However, the festival is committed to continuing to provide a platform for and a celebration of the artists it has already commissioned, the partner organisations it is working with and the creative communities it represents.
The Independents Biennial will focus on using as many platforms as possible to provide a greater voice and profile to its artists, including;
*Social Media Takeovers by the commissioned artists and projects being developed for Independents Biennial. This will allow the artists to talk to audiences about the ideas and inspiration behind their works and to provide a chance to explore the life and work of artists within Liverpool City Region
*The launch and development of two exciting arts projects, both conceived during 2020 and providing two different insights into how both life and art have shifted during the pandemic. featuring new work by artists Mark Hobbes and Alan Dunn.
*After the establishment of Liverpool’s Artist Studio Network in 2020, by Art in Liverpool CIC, offering a glimpse of the work the studios do and the artists they support, providing an insight into the role of artist studios within the city region’s creative life.
*Publish a report into Liverpool City Region’s Artist Studios, including the challenges they have faced in 2020, the need for support from the artist industry of the region and why artist studios need to be preserved to maintain grassroots creative communities.
*Art in Liverpool newspaper to be published in March and operate as a brochure to read more about the festival’s commissioned artists and partner organisations. The newspaper will be available from various locations remaining open during lockdown including supermarkets, independent stores
*Coronavirus restrictions permitting, a visual arts venue will open towards the end of the festival, showcasing the physical work created during the previous three months.