Liverpool Biennial 2023 – uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
Credit: Thom Isom

Liverpool Biennial 2023, 10 June–17 September 2023, free entry - Find Out More

The most exciting event in the North’s art calendar is back this year! Liverpool Biennial 2023 comes back this June with a brand new theme and a whole host of fantastic artists. Taking over most of the designated art venues and popping up in some more unexpected locations around Liverpool, the UK’s oldest art festival is surely one to mark in your diary.

The Biennial’s 2023 edition carries the title of uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things and is curated by Khaniyisile Mbongwa. The word ‘uMoya’ in isiZulu language means spirit, breath, air, climate and wind and the theme is a call for the return of ancestral knowledge, wisdom and healing. As always, the festival organisers keep an eye on the most up-to-date issues and trends of the contemporary art world and this year is no different – the concepts and importance of drawing on indigenous insight have been highlighted by artists in recent exhibitions time and time again The 12th edition of Liverpool Biennial brings together a plethora of interpretations and ideas from artists from all corners of the world.

While acknowledging the losses of the past as a result of colonialism and the resulting disastrous consequences, the works which we will see in the Biennial highlight the ability of people and objects to manifest power as they move around the world. Rather than looking back, the artists look to a brighter future and the experience of being really, truly alive and living with intention. The festival will feature over 30 artists and collectives including Albert Ibokwe Khoza, Brook Andrew, Eleng Luluan, Julien Creuzet, Nicholas Galanin, Raisa Kabir and Torkwase Dyson.

The exact details of the festivals are still under wraps but as always and will be updated when we know a little more. One thing is for sure – Liverpool Biennial 2023 will be filled to the brim with exhibitions, community events, talks, workshops, performances and fringe activities so there is an exciting summer of art to look forward to.

Liverpool Biennial 2023

10 June–17 September 2023
Free entry