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Liverpool Biennial 2014 04 Jul

The Liverpool Biennial opens tomorrow and we’re looking forward to taking a trip and seeing all that they have on offer. With exhibitions, events, talks and participatory events Liverpool will be awash with art and creative goings on until the 26 October.

This year the Biennial exhibition is titled Needle Walks into a Haystack and spans the BluecoatFACTThe Old Blind School, Tate Liverpool Wolfson Gallery and the Second FloorSt Andrews Gardens and the Liverpool Medical Institute. The exhibition looks at our habits, our habitats and the things that make up our immediate surroundings. The exhibition features the work of artists such as James McNeill Whistler and Claude Parent.

Here is our round up of what else to look forward to:

1# Explore at the Bluecoat

Every Saturday there are a host of creative actvities for all the family relating to the Whistler exhibition. All the activities are free and open for you to drop in for as little or as long as you like to create your very own masterpiece.

FREE DROP-IN, every Saturday until October, Bluecoat.

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#2 Bloomberg New Contemporaries

This year, fifty-five artists join the roster of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, which includes previous exhibitors Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson. Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from nearly 1,400 submissions.

FREE, 20 September – 26 October, World Museum.

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#3 Sunday Art School with ‘Flying Over Liverpool’ The Everton Park Kite Festival

On 16 August create Carlos Cruz-Diez inspired dazzle kites and then join the Kite Festival and fly them over the best view of the City and the Mersey – you won’t want to come down! Sunday Art School is Liverpool Biennial’s free family-friendly programme of monthly events that invites children and adults to create an artwork together with an artist.

FREE, All ages welcome, 16 August. WECC, Bute St, L5 3LA from 12pm, Everton Park from 2pm

#4 John Moores Painting Prize

The John Moores Painting Prize is the UK’s best-known and longest-running painting competition. Named after its founder, Sir John Moores (1896 –1993), the competition was first held in 1957. Judges this year include artists Zeng Fanzhi, Chantal Joffe, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Tom Benson, along with director of artistic programmes at the Royal Academy and broadcaster Tim Marlow. The first prize, sponsored by David M Robinson, is £25,000. Four further prize-winners each receive £2,500. The shortlist is announced on 4 July and winner on 18 September.

FREE, 5 July – 30 November, Walker Art Gallery

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# 5 Tour: Group Show

A guided tour of the exhibition, with Sally Tallant Director, Liverpool Biennial. At the heart of A Needle Walks into a Haystack is a group show that continues Liverpool Biennial’s commitment to producing new work. This year, the commissioned artists are also invited to show some of their previous projects, providing more extensive introductions to a selection of artistic languages and practices. Visit exhibition page

FREE, booking required, 19 July, The Old Blind School.

For the full listings visit the Liverpool Biennial website, here.

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