Simeon Barclay, installation view of The Feast Wagon, The Tetley, Leeds, 2015. Photo by Jules Lister. The Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Programme is a three-year partnership led by the Biennial with ICI and CACTUS gallery in Liverpool. The program offers 10 artists based in the North of England an international framework for artistic development and support. As part of this three-year partnership (2016-18), each Associate Artist is paired with a curator selected from ICIs network of Curatorial Intensive alumni, who will serve as mentors. This will provide the artists with an opportunity to develop their practice, gain an insight into the dynamics of the art world, and develop international networks. The program will launch at the opening of the Liverpool Biennial on July 9, 2016, where the Associate Artists and the curators will meet in person and hold studio and site visits. In addition to regular conversations, in-person encounters will be made possible through the duration of the program as part of a travel budget provided to each Associate Artist to visit their mentors in their home cities. The artist and curator pairings are: Simeon Barclay (Chester) Rattanamol Johal (C-MAP Fellow for Asia, Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA, New York, NY) Jacqueline Bebb (Chester) Amanda de la Garza Mata (Associate Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City, Mexico) Lindsey Bull (Manchester) Mónica Espinel (Independent Curator based in New York, NY) Robert Carter & Lauren Velvick (Manchester) Meaghan Kent (Director and Chief Curator of SITE95 in Guadalajara, Mexico) Nina Chua (Manchester) Rotem Rozental (Writer, Curator, and Photo Historian based in Los Angeles, CA) Matthew Crawley (York) Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo (Art Historian at the Complutense University if Madrid, Spain) Frances Disley (Liverpool) Rachel Cook (Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston, TX) Daniel Fogarty (Manchester) Karen Patterson (Curator at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Harry Meadley (Leeds) Rosa Lleó (Writer and Independent Curator based in Barcelona, Spain) Stephen Sheehan (Birkenhead) Övül Durmusoglu (Freelance Writer and Curator and Director of YAMA screen in Istanbul, Turkey) The Associate Artists Programme is an initiative of the Liverpool Biennial supported by a £250,000 investment from the Arts Council England International Showcasing Fund. It creates opportunities for artists based outside London to build sustainable international careers, provided they have the opportunity to strengthen their networks and markets beyond the UK. For more information, please visit the Liverpool Biennial website here.