In the 19th century Liverpool emerged as central to the cotton trade and by the early 20th century it held the largest single stock of cotton in the world. This former Cotton Exchange is symbolic of this moment in the city’s economy and societal history; the building is explicitly and integrally tied to a time when wealth and economic prosperity depended upon enforced movement of people, enslavement, trade and labour. The works gathered here address the long-term impacts of the mass and forced dispersion of African people in different American contexts: Colombia, Brazil and the United States. They do so in a number of different ways – from critical viewpoints of the effects of racialisation of humans as a tool for domination, through to building forms of resistance and empowerment across borders.
This exhibition will run until 27 June.
Booking is strongly recommended and walk-ins are subject to capacity. Tickets available.
LightNight Bookings (21 May)
Extended opening hours: until 10pm. Find out more here.
Tickets available here.
Access is at the side entrance of the building via Ormond Street. You will be required to show your ticket(s) on arrival – either on your device or a printed version. For the safety of our staff and other visitors we ask that you please wear a face covering, unless you are unable to.
An access ramp is at the side of the building via Ormond Street and the venue has lift facilities available for wheelchair use.
Find below the average walking distance from this venue to other participating venues.
Open Eye Gallery: 11 minutes
Lush Building: 11 minutes
Bluecoat: 12 minutes
Liverpool Central Library: 15 minutes
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Building: 17 minutes
Lewis's Building: 17 minutes
Tate Liverpool: 17 minutes
FACT: 19 minutes
Discover outdoor commissions en route by following our Public Artwork Trail. For more information, click here.
Travel by taxi between venues to experience Erick Beltrán's new commission Superposition (2021). Combining lights and music alongside graphic designs, the commission can be experienced across 5 taxis, while on display across the tip-seats of an additional 30 of the fleet. To make a booking call ComCab Taxis on 0151 298 2222 and quote Liverpool Biennial (normal phone and taxi rates apply).