Year 12 explore The Stomach and the Port

It has been a joy to get back into the world and support our year 12 students to visit and experience art in person.

This week, Year 12 Creative Students explored our amazing city on a walking trail of the Liverpool Biennial Exhibition, The Stomach and the Port.

Liverpool Biennial 2021 explores notions of the body. Drawing on non-Western ways of thinking, the 11th edition challenges an understanding of the individual as a defined, self-sufficient entity. The body is instead seen as a fluid organism that is continuously shaped by and shaping its environment. A plethora of artistic practices inform this edition: many of the artworks include sound, shun direct representation, de-stabilise gender categories or look at intense forms of contact. Liverpool, and its maritime history as a point of global contact and circulation, provides the perfect ecosystem to situate these enquiries.

Students explored the exhibition in locations across Liverpool, including public spaces, historic sites and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, Liverpool Central Library, Cotton Exchange Building, Exchange Flags, FACT, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building, Open Eye Gallery and Tate Liverpool. New for 2021, Liverpool Biennial’s reach will also expand to the city’s historic Lewis’s Building and Lush Building.

Students viewed and discussed the work in a really mature way. It was great to get back out into the real world with students, allowing some to experience an art gallery for the first time.