Bring the family together this summer as Liverpool looks forward to another Liverpool Biennial. An event that gets the public, local businesses, artists and communities together to celebrate and appreciate art in all its forms.
This year we’ve hand-picked some of the best family friendly days out in Liverpool that will help younger people get hands on and make a difference in the city and perhaps even brighten their artistic and creative futures.
Family Workshop and Victory Gallery and Museum
Where: Victoria Art Gallery and Museum
When: 2nd July – 2nd August and 16th August
A wonderful free event will be hosted throughout July and August at the Victoria Gallery and Museum that will help the younger generation appreciate art both old and new.
Led by a group of experienced artists, each session will encourage kids and grown-ups to explore their creative sides.
Families will be invited to be inspired by the existing work on display in the museum and then create their own masterpieces together.
Take the entire family along to discover one of Liverpool’s most interesting museums and art galleries with a new and exciting hands-on approach during Liverpool Biennial.
FACT Prototype Summer Camp
When: 31st July – 2nd August and 7th – 9th August
In a digital age, we adults may feel like we’re falling behind as our young families plough forward enjoying and experiencing new technology before we even know it exists.
FACT want to make sure these young people are given the tools to navigate the online and digital world safely by teaching them to become masters of what they are producing and posting.
The VR (virtual reality) summer camp session promises to help families understand what goes into VR filmmaking and also gives lessons as to how to stay safe whilst having a positive online presence.
Leaping into the future another summer camp session at FACT will invite young people to design, code and create their own AI. They will learn how to programme their creation as well as design the environment it lives in.
Both of these events offer further chances for attendees to gain Bronze and Silver Art Awards with extra participation after the camp dates.
Please see here for further details.
Where: 75-77 Granby Street
When: 7th and 14th July
Art certainly makes the world a beautiful place and it doesn’t get much more beautiful than the art of the natural world.
For Liverpool Biennial artist Mohamed Bourouissa will be working with local Liverpool communities to help build and grow a communal garden in the heart of Toxteth.
Families can pop along to lend a hand and learn more about the healing power of plants. The project was inspired by a garden Bourouissa encountered whilst travelling that was created by a patient who was undergoing therapy.
The garden became a representation of the patient’s mind as he was able to organise his plants like his thoughts.
On the 7th and 14th, July go and get muddy with the kids and help give the communities of Liverpool a piece of natural art that will grow and change with the seasons.
Exhibition Tour: Environments of a Beautiful World
Where: RIBA North – National Architecture Centre
When: 29th July 3pm-4pm
Inspired by the behaviour of how things grow, Mae-ling Lokko’s art installation Hack The Root will form part of the tour Environments of a Beautiful World.
The artist has created a structure made from mushroom panels to promote the study of an alternative life cycle for living things. Instead of using material grown from a root-like lifeform that needs to use, move or drain other resources in order to survive, Lokko’s work shows how beautiful things can also be created without having destroyed first.
Although an important message is at the focus of the work shown here, won’t it be fun to tell the kids that this sculpture is made from entirely from man-made fungus!
Summer Football on The Dock
Where: Albert Dock (on the water)
When: 6th – 22nd (selected days)
Take you footy mad family to a football experience unlike any other on Liverpool’s Albert Dock this summer and hop onboard a floating football pitch to hone their skills with professional coaches.
Everton in the Community and LFC Foundation have lent their coaches to teach essential soccer skills to those who simply love to play.
The sessions are free and will take place between 11 am – 4 pm all summer long. Take the family for a kickabout with a difference during summer 2018.
Bluecoat Family Day
When: 14th August 1pm-4pm
For fun and educational family days out in Liverpool during Biennial why not visit one of the city’s oldest buildings; The Bluecoat.
Here visitors will be able to take part in a project guided by one of the participating artists of the Liverpool Biennial programme Ryan Gander.
Your little ones will be given the chance to try their hand at sculpting, large-scale drawing and the fine art of den building which we know every kid enjoys (and most adults too).
Bluecoat caters to families all year round and their unique Children’s Corner has a number of independent activities that everyone can have fun with on their visit.
This and the stunning Bluecoat Gardens plus delicious food from Blue Coat Café makes for one of those perfect family friendly days out in the city.
Artist Talk: Ryan Gander
Where: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
When: 4th August 11am-12pm
Working directly with children from a local Liverpool Primary School Ryan Gander has been involved with a project that explores the benefits of hands-on education.
During the project Gander explored the Montessori methods of early schooling, carrying out a number of workshops involving collaborative play and independent activity.
His presentation at The Bluecoat will show his findings from his time with the children as well as some of their work and what the kids and Ryan created together which will become a new permanent public art installation behind the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Family Stays at The Shankly Hotel
During this summer and throughout Liverpool Biennial The Shankly Hotel has superb accommodation for everyone to stay together in the heart of the city.
Our family suites and interconnecting rooms give our family guests the chance to stay in one suite together with enough space to be comfortable.
This combined with tasty family meals from the Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s eclectic menu and delicious breakfasts in the morning and there’s really no better place to stay when planning fun family friendly days out during this year’s Liverpool Biennial.
Call 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our family-friendly accommodation.