Emma Dolan, Remember How Boss It Was, Stone WEB

Art in Motion
Emma Dolan

21 October –
21 November


The second commission of Art in Motion brings the work of local artist, Emma Dolan, “Remember how boss it was” at the heart of Liverpool’s Commercial District. The work is available to see and enjoy from 21 October to 21 November.

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

Having lived in Liverpool her whole life, Dolan’s project centres around the notion of ‘Scouse-ness’, particularly focusing on the phonetic history of the scouse accent and dialect. For Dolan, the scouse accent and dialect connect the people of Liverpool to the city. The accent forms part of Liverpudlian identity alongside the historic and modern city, together forming a particular and unique identity.

Seek out specially-selected locations along a route in Commercial District to discover Dolan’s bold graphic works, each accompanied by an episode of a humorous and conversational video which can be accessed by QR codes.

For more information about the artist visit biennial.com/collaborations/emmadolan

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The second commissioned artist, Emma Dolan, is a Liverpudlian arist, creating works centred around a fascinating with the uniqueness of human existence and consciousness.

Focusing on language and dialect, she playfully explores how these allow us to create a unique narrative to our existence and identities mainly through film, audio works and digital text.

Dolan graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2020, being awarded the Tate Mentorship prize and a graduate residency at CBS Studio’s and Gallery. She has since been a core member in online residency programme SPUR, and has exhibited work in several group shows across the UK.

Art in Motion is your chance to enjoy art on the go, a joint initiative by Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool BID Company. This new commission follows the success of the first Art in Motion commision by Gordon Cheung, with his glitch-based artworks inspired on the Liverpool Coat of Arms.

Emma Dolan, Remember How Boss It Was, OOER

Join the artist for an introduction to the project and a tour around some of the key sites.


All tours are limited to a maximum of 15 people to help with COVID safety. If you’d like a BSL interpreter, please email info@biennial.com in advance.

Emma Dolan, Remember How Boss It Was, Jangle WEB

Donwload the family friendly activities of the Emma Dolan’s trail. 

Art in Motion - Emma Dolan - Family Friendly materials

Have fun with your little ones while discovery the Emma Dolan’s trail across the Commercial District.

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

We are so passionate about creating thoughtful and engaging work throughout the Commercial District and Liverpool BID areas. For us it is important to make our public spaces colourful, creative and animated. It makes everyone feel safer, and more welcome, if our streets are filled with art.

Personally, I am so pleased to see Emma Dolan’s work in the city. Supporting emerging artists is something Liverpool is very successful at and for a vibrant creative economy, providing a platform for artists at every stage of their career is important.

We are delighted to see our partnership with Liverpool Biennial continue, and as people return to their offices this added character and colour gives every day a lift.

Sam Lackey, Director of Liverpool Biennial said:

We’re proud to be working with Liverpool BID Company to help people connect with one another and with their city once again after such a tough year. Remember How Boss It Was by Emma Dolan can be experienced both in-person, across the city’s Commercial District, and digitally via smartphones or from home.

This project really reflects the Biennial’s commitment to supporting local talent and to commissioning exciting artworks which are created specifically for and in response to Liverpool.

Remember How Boss It Was is a timely and poignant celebration of this great city, its people and the bonds and fond memories that are often formed through a shared identity and sense of belonging.

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