Arts Award Part B: Be the Audience
Liverpool Biennial: The Old Blind School
I recently visited the Liverpool Biennial as part of my arts award section B. Therefore, I will be reviewing the exhibition showing at the Old Blind School. This was a contemporary art exhibition showing pieces related to the title ‘a needle walks into a haystack’ the idea being that two familiar puns are put together in a way that is unusual; therefore the pieces are based on everyday objects composed in an unusual way.
There was a range of art forms used in the exhibition including sculpture, film and paintings. I loved this range of contemporary artwork as it is unusual to see so much unusual but brilliant contemporary art in one place and so it was wonderful to see it be given such a major platform in the biennial.
I loved how the building was so big and like a maze and so since it was showing such a wide range of contemporary art, there was a surprise around every corner. This made it exciting and also meant that you could spend a long time there without feeling the art was becoming repetitive. This was also enhanced by the range of artists used as no artist had more than two or three pieces which, again, made every piece unique and exciting as well as standing out from the others as each piece was very different. One of my favourite pieces in the exhibition was Rana Hamadeh’s piece using sound and a play script to create a unique piece full of emotion.
However, there were some negative points; I was taken around the exhibition by a tour guide who had extensive knowledge and insight on each piece which was extremely helpful in understanding the message behind each piece. I feel that some of these messages would be difficult to uncover if I was going around the exhibition by myself as I think that more information was needed on each piece and that some of the information given on things such as plaques weren't useful or interesting.