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Artists showcase Liverpool's creativity

The city is showcasing art Credit: Liverpool Biennial

Thousands of art lovers from around the world have flocked to Liverpool for the start of the city's Biennial.

The festival, which happens every two years, showcases art at venues across the city. This is the eighth time it has taken place.

This year's theme is "A Needle Walks into a Haystack."

This Biennial will focus on "objects" in "our habitats" Credit: Liverpool Biennial

Organisers say that this Biennial will focus on "our habits, our habitats, and the objects, images, relationships and activities that constitute our immediate surroundings."

You can find out more about the Liverpool Biennial here.

Film composer's tribute to Hillsborough victims

Nyman's creation is performed at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tonight Credit: PA

Celebrated British composer Michael Nyman has composed a Hillsborough memorial symphony.

The hour-long Symphony No 11: Memorial is based on music that Nyman was recording on the afternoon of the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago.

It will be performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the city's Anglican Cathedral tonight.

Nyman said he hopes the work will make "a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of the lost fans.

Nyman composed the score for the film 'The Piano' starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel.

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Big plans for The Lowry after £1m donation is biggest ever

The Lowry theatre and gallery complex in Salford. Credit: The Lowry

The Lowry theatre and gallery complex in Salford has confirmed major redevelopment plans after receiving a donation of £1m - the largest private donation in its 14-year history.

The money was donated by Andrew and Zoë Law of the Law Family Charitable Foundation.

The money, together with a £3m Arts Council capital grant and other fundraising schemes, means it has now reached a crucial £5m target towards a major redevelopment project.

In recognition of the Laws, the Main Gallery spaces at The Lowry will be renamed ‘The Andrew and Zoë Law Galleries’.

Andrew Law, who grew up in Manchester, and Zoë, who worked in the city's music industry, are keen LS Lowry collectors.

They established the Law Family Charitable Foundation to provide long-term support for worthwhile causes that are important to them.

In a statement, they said: “Having childhood and working links to the area we are excited to support The Lowry.

"The Lowry is a wonderful home for the performing and visual arts. Providing a contemporary and dramatic setting for theatre productions as well as learning, it has become part of North West cultural life.

"The location of The Lowry is helping to deliver long needed redevelopment in Greater Manchester, as evidenced by the growth of MediaCityUK next door.

"The planned works, including those to be funded by the Arts Council, are truly essential if The Lowry is to fulfil all of its wonderful potential.”

The Lowry auditorium. Credit: The Lowry

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry said: "Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Law Family Charitable Foundation and much valued support from the Arts Council, we are thrilled to reach our landmark £5m funding target.

"This marks an exciting time for the future of The Lowry."

The North West loses out to London for arts money.

The Lowry, Salford Quays Credit: PA

London gets three times as much arts and culture investment as the North West of England. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research says Londoners have £72 per person spent on the creative industries. That figure is just £24 for people in the North West.

The IPPR says the government claims it wants to rebalance the economy outside London. And the think tank believes more spending on Arts in this region is a huge step towards achieving that.

May the 4th be with you! Exhibition opens

A special exhibition of Star Wars artwork has been unveiled at a gallery in Manchester. The official Star Wars fine art collection has be flown over from America and is on display at the Generation Gallery. Among the pieces, are artwork by the renowned illustrator Ryan Church.

Ryan is best known for creating the concept artwork for the most recent Star Wars films as well as others like Avatar and Transformers. This is the only art gallery in the UK with this collection.

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