Permanent and temporary commissions and projects

The Perennial Biennial

Visitors with Chou Yu-Cheng's Chemical gilding, keep calm, galvanise, pray, gradient, ashes, manifestation, unequal, dissatisfaction, capitalise, incense burner, survival, agitation, hit, day light, 2015. Installation view at St George’s Hall, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Photo: Thierry Bal

Visitors with Chou Yu-Cheng's Chemical gilding, keep calm, galvanise, pray, gradient, ashes, manifestation, unequal, dissatisfaction, capitalise, incense burner, survival, agitation, hit, day light, 2015. Installation view at St George’s Hall, Liverpool Biennial 2018. Photo: Thierry Bal

Europe is witnessing significant political and cultural changes, regularly putting the cohesion of European countries and actors at risk. In turn, this unrest has brought about an urgency and desire for closer collaboration in the arts. The Perennial Biennial is a partnership of five European Contemporary Art Biennials working together to develop and explore sustainable models for perennial practices in the biennial field.

The Perennial Biennial runs as a year-round collaboration and aims to challenge and further the field of biennial practice and strengthen European biennial collaboration across five partners in Germany, Latvia, Slovenia, Norway and the UK and in partnership with the International Biennial Association (IBA). Liverpool Biennial, Berlin Biennale, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, MGLC (Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts) and Bergen Assembly are working together on this programme for four years from September 2018 until September 2022.

The project will support research, writing and the formulation of new narratives in the biennial field through collaborative working, staff exchanges and the sharing of expertise and models for sustainable practice. Its aim is to create a dynamic European platform of exchange which will strengthen the contemporary art sector at a global, European and local level.

The project is supported by Creative Europe which is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors.

To find out more about Liverpool Biennial's involvement, contact Abi Mitchell at abi@biennial.com.

Links to all partners’ websites can be found below:

Bergen Assembly

Berlin Biennale

Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts

Riga Biennial