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EOP Away Day: Liverpool Biennial

Friday, 21 July 2023
9am – 8pm

EOP members are invited to join us for a trip to Liverpool, where we will be visiting the Biennial and meeting people involved in several of the city’s art spaces. This is a great opportunity to meet the Eastside Projects team, hang out with other EOP members, see some great art, and meet curators, artists and arts organisations in Liverpool.

You will need to arrange your train travel and can meet us at Birmingham New Street and travel together or at FACT in Liverpool. We’ll be catching the 9.34 train from Birmingham.



9.15am – Meet at Birmingham New Street Station by Pret a Manger

9.34am – Train departs Birmingham New Street 

11.17am – Arrive at Liverpool Lime Street 

12pm – Visit FACT and meet Charlotte Horn, Senior Producer (meet us here at 11.50 if joining in Liverpool)

1pm – Visit Bluecoat and meet Adam Lewis-Smythe, Senior Curator.

2–3pm Lunch (bring your sandwiches)

3.30pm – Visit St Nicholas Church Gardens

4pm – Visit the Cotton Exchange

5pm – Visit the Tobacco Warehouse

6pm – Shared taxi’s (on us) over to The Royal Standard for their exhibition opening Rabbit Holes in the Playing Field by Maeve Thompson. 

We’ll probably get the 19.33 or 20.33 train back to Birmingham, but its up to you what time you leave!


The Liverpool Biennial
uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things
10 June – 17 September 2023

Curated by Khaniyisile Mbongwa, ‘uMoya: The sacred Return of Lost Things’ is the 12th edition of the Liverpool Biennial. It addresses the history and temperament of the city of Liverpool and is a call for ancestral and indigenous forms of knowledge, wisdom and healing. In the isiZulu language, ‘uMoya’ means spirit, breath, air, climate and wind.

The festival explores the ways in which people and objects have the potential to manifest power as they move across the world, while acknowledging the continued losses of the past. It draws a line from the ongoing Catastrophes caused by colonialism towards an insistence on being truly Alive.

More than 30 international artists and collectives have been invited to engage with uMoya as a compass, divine intervention, and thoroughfare. Taking over historic buildings, unexpected spaces and art galleries, a dynamic programme of free exhibitions, performances, screenings, community events, learning activities and fringe events unfolds over 14 weeks, shining a light on the city’s vibrant cultural scene.