The 11th edition of the Liverpool Biennial in 2021 and a-n The Artists Information Company are working in partnership, in association with Open Culture, to offer five support and research bursaries of £1,500 each as part of a shared commitment to supporting artists across the UK.

For over two decades, the Biennial has been transforming the city of Liverpool through contemporary art, taking over unexpected venues and public spaces, historic sites and art galleries with exhibitions, installations and new commissions. The 2021 edition The Stomach and the Port, 20 March – 6 June, is curated by Manuela Moscoso and draws on non-Western ways of thinking to explore notions of the body as a fluid organism which is continuously and simultaneously shaped by and shaping its environment. 

LB x a-n Artist Bursaries will support a range of activity which aids professional development of artistic careers and practices, particularly the growth of new skills, knowledge and networks. The bursaries are open to all a-n Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members who are living and working in the UK. Reflecting on the diversity of artist practices in The Stomach & The Port, applications are encouraged from artists working in all visual and sonic arts disciplines and at any stage in their career.

Delivered as part of the Biennial’s public programme, the bursaries will offer both financial and in-kind support to recipients in their self-determined professional development activity. Artists will benefit from dedicated time with the festival’s exhibition team, plus assistance from the marketing and wider Biennial staff to support their research and development, help make connections and to create opportunities for the sharing or showcasing work or practices within the framework of the public programme underpinning The Stomach and the Port.

Sam Lackey, Interim Director of Liverpool Biennial, said:

“Artists are at the heart of the Liverpool Biennial; over the past twenty-two years we have championed established and emerging artists from all over the world. We are delighted to be partnering with a-n to produce the LB x a-n Artist Bursaries, enabling artists to build on their practices and create new relationships as well as connecting artists across the UK with the city of Liverpool, opening up the potential for future discourse and collaboration. As we enter 2021 with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, there could not be a more vital time to support and nurture artists with professional development and the opportunity to share their ideas with the public at the 11th edition of the Liverpool Biennial.”

Julie Lomax, Chief Executive Officer of a-n, said:

“This exciting partnership takes place during a-n’s 40th anniversary year and we are delighted to be teaming up with renowned Liverpool Biennial to announce the LB x a-n Artist Bursaries. As the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK, a-n advocates for the value of visual artists and their work. In what is expected to be another challenging year as the UK leaves the EU and continues to battle Covid-19, we are committed to supporting and empowering artists to further their artistic practice and careers. We look forward to seeing the work this important new opportunity generates.”

To apply to LB x a-n Artist Bursaries visit The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday 12 February 2021. The applications will be reviewed by a selection panel of experts including representatives from Liverpool Biennial, a-n The Artists Information Company, Open Culture and Independents Biennial. The successful applicants will be notified on 5 March 2021.