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Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance, 1980 - 1981. Photo by Brian Slater.

Liverpool Biennial 2010

Touched, the International exhibition for the 6th Liverpool Biennial of International Festival of Contemporary Art, celebrates a decade of bringing new art to the UK through curatorial collaboration.

It will involve more artists than ever before, while continuing to place an emphasis on commissioning ambitious new work from leading and emerging artists based outside the UK.

Touched consists of new art that succeeds in affecting the viewer: art that moves us in mind, body and soul. At FACT, the theme is translated into the notion of "a mother's touch". The artworks examine ideas of separation and loss, questioning the notion of unconditional love and asking how, when more and more of us live dispersed in other cities and overseas, do we learn new virtualised ways to be touched and touch?

Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art was conceived and founded by James Moores (with Jane Rankin Read, Lewis Biggs and Bryan Biggs) in 1998, and is presented free to the public every two years over a ten week period. Alongside the International exhibition, the Festival includes the John Moores Painting Prize and Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Liverpool Biennial 2010 takes place in venues and sites around Liverpool City Centre, including the Walker Art Gallery, FACT, the Bluecoat, Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, A Foundation Liverpool, and many other gallery and non-gallery sites. Visit

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