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Art in Motion

From 20 January



Art in Motion is your chance to enjoy art on the go. This year, three artists are producing work based on the Liverpool Coat of Arms with Gordon Cheung being the first artist  in the series.

Art in Motion is a new collaboration between Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool BID Company which brings art into the fabric of city life.

From 20 January, look out for Cheung’s glitch-based artworks for a limited time on:

  • Arriva bus tickets on routes 26 and 27, and inside their buses.
  • Specially printed coffee cups which are available at Baby E Coffee & Deli, Bloom & Bean, Bold Street Coffee, Cafe Lucaya, Espresso Café (at Bluecoat), Esquires Coffee, Hemingway’s Café, The Red Berry Club, Rococo Coffee House, Rope & Twines and Thoughtfully Café.

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The first commissioned artist, Gordon Cheung, is a painter whose work explores themes of urban environments, history and speculation.

He is known for working with pixel-sorted algorithms to produce ‘glitch’ prints of tulips. For his Art in Motion commission, Cheung is responding to Liverpool’s historic past and dynamic present by creating a series of ‘glitch’ based artworks inspired by the flowers and birds which appear in the city’s Coat of Arms.

With Art in Motion, Liverpool Biennial continues its commitment to producing ground-breaking art in the city’s Commercial District, having commissioned 2019 Turner Prize winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s permanent public artwork Hummingbird Clock in Derby Square for Biennial 2016 as part of Liverpool BID Company’s five-year Public Art Strategy for the Commercial District BID.

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Bill Addy, chief executive of the Liverpool BID Company, and chair of LVEN (Liverpool Visitor Economy Network), said:

“Commissioning and presenting quality and thought-provoking public art such as Art in Motion is vital in our commitment to enhance the areas we represent for our BID levy paying businesses and help create the catalyst for further activity and development in the future.

Our partnership with Liverpool Biennial goes back a long way, and was set up following a robust public consultation with our BID levy paying businesses located in the Commercial District BID, who made it clear that there is a real appetite for new public art in the area.

Art in Motion will raise the profile of the Commercial District, making it more attractive to work and dwell in, and in the vein of other works that the BID has brought to the area, such as The Liverpool Plinth in partnership with dot-art and Liverpool Parish Church, will bring a smile to the faces of those living and working in the neighbourhood, and hopefully instil a sense of local pride in this great city of ours.”

Fatoş Üstek, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said:

“We are thrilled to be working with Liverpool BID Company to bring exciting artworks to the city’s Commercial District.

Art in Motion represents an opportunity for people to encounter contemporary art in their daily lives – our vision is to charge Liverpool with ambitious artworks that reach out and engage with people living and working in the city. For the first phase of the project, we are delighted to have commissioned Gordon Cheung to respond to Liverpool’s emblematic Coat of Arms with a series of invigorating, painterly images. 

We are grateful to Liverpool BID Company for their openness, trust and commitment towards Liverpool Biennial and for working with us to make outstanding art happen, both in the city’s Commercial District and further afield.”

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Gordon Cheung, Untitled, 2019. Image courtesy the artist and Cristea Roberts Gallery.

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