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Independents Biennial shows best of Merseyside art

Liverpool Biennial takes over streets and venues across the city this summer – and the Independents Biennial is also back.

The event, which is a sister biennial to the main contemporary arts festival, celebrates the work of Merseyside artists.

This year there will be 250 artworks from around 200 artists from across the region on show from July 14 to October 28.

And there are also four special festival commissions, being showcased in Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Knowsley and Liverpool.

Brigitte Jurack will create a sculpture for the Williamson Art Gallery’s new Green Gallery and inspired by Oxton Road, described as one of the most culturally-diverse roads in Wirral.

Comic artist and illustrator Cath Garvey will lead workshops in Knowsley that aim to empower young girls, while teaching them the skills to create their own comics.

Action Guy by Cath Garvey. Top: Work by Kate Hodgson.

Printmaker Kate Hodgson will respond to the 150th anniversary of the borough of St Helens with a series of pop-up print workshops where artists and residents can make screen prints for T-shirts, posters, tea towels and bags, all celebrating the town’s industrial past.

And the fourth commission will see a collective of artists create site-specific, eco-friendly work on an environmental art trail at the under-threat Rimrose Valley in Bootle.

Meanwhile in Liverpool there will be a festival hub in St Johns Market, an exhibition of paintings in the old George Henry Lee building, and in the Ropewalks, artists from the RCA will bring provocative artistic interventions and performances to 100 See Street.

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