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George Henry Lee's becomes giant gallery for Independents Biennial

Liverpool’s former George Henry Lee building has been turned in to a giant art gallery this summer.

The Independents Biennial is taking over the Basnett Street site, most recently occupied by Rapid, to showcase a host of works by artists from across the region.

Artwork is being shown over three floors of the historic department store, which will also house a pop-up cinema by Empty Spaces Cinema in the old schoolwear department.

Exhibits include an exhibition by Tony Mallon capturing the homeless hostels in Liverpool, the graduate shows by the next generation of Merseyside artists at LJMU and Liverpool Hope, and a special photography exhibition by two branches of the RedEye Network.

The Independents Biennial runs concurrently with the Liverpool Biennial, with both festivals now open to the public.

Independents Biennial festival director Patrick Kirk-Smith said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming artists into this incredibly special Liverpool space.

“We need more artists spaces and artist studios in the heart of Liverpool city centre, and by being given the opportunity to invite artists, both established alongside those just starting their career, we provide an excellent shop window in the city’s creative talent and why it’s so important to invest and celebrate it.”

The Liverpool Biennial and Independents Biennial run from July 14 to October 28.

Image top: The Accursed Mountains by Paul Mellor

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