Talk to us about art. We know as much about it as you. Possibly less. But we know what moves us, prods us and pokes us. What stays with us. And we bet you do too.

That’s why we want to hear what you have to say about the amazing, the confusing and the compelling art and events seeding our city this season, as the UK’s International Biennial of Contemporary Art takes place, here in Liverpool.

Over the next two days we’ll be inviting you to be part of our Biennial coverage. We want to include as many voices as possible. Artists, students, writers, punters. Those who’ve never stepped inside a gallery, and those postal workers back volunteering at Copperas hill to take a sad last look around (we know who you are!)

Of course, we’ll be sharing our Biennial experiences – but they’re just that: our experiences. And, as we think someone once said (probably Jeremy Hunt) art is for everyone.

This edition of the Biennial is all about hospitality: we’re giving our site over to you. Share your stories, and we’ll pop them here, in our Biennial section.

So, submit any original review of no more than 250 words. Tell us about the whole event, a specific site, or a particular artist or piece of work (in the Biennial or Independents’ Biennial). Make sure you’re not publishing it anywhere else until after the closing date of November 1, and, if you’re submitting photos, make sure they’re either your own, or you have the photographer’s permission for us to reproduce them.

Don’t try and write any other way than honestly, openly and directly. That’s kinda all the advice we could offer you, really. Look at art. Register how it makes you feel. Get it down in a word doc, and bang it over. We think someone said that once, too (possibly Brian Sewell).

And we’ve got an amazing prize for the story that engages with us the most (for whatever reason that may be)…

The author, plus guest, will win a night’s stay at the Biennial’s official hotel: the stunning Hotel Indigo, plus a slap up meal in its ace (trust us, it is) MPW Restaurant, with cocktails on arrival.

Opening last year, Hotel Indigo has added a sorely needed dash of hospitality to the city’s business quarter – with its vibrant, contemporary take on a four star boutique city hotel. Just check out the dazzling bedrooms. And the new menus at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse offer fine dining fare without the starchy formality.

Not only that, but we’ll also throw in (courtesy of Tate Liverpool) a full year’s Tate membership too: allowing you to be first in line for new shows, with invites to preview nights, and unlimited entry to all exhibitions.

Liverpool, and its people, has a long history of rolling up its collective sleeves and getting stuck into culture. Let’s continue that tradition of direct, visceral engagement. Sure, guests may come and go, but don’t forget: this is our Biennial.

So, tell us: how does it make you feel?

Send your entries to:, and mark them Biennial Review

Our thanks to Hotel Indigo and Tate Liverpool.

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