From dazzle ships to Whistler, the Liverpool Biennial has taken over the city. TateShots takes a tour of the UK’s largest international contemporary art festival

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Invading the city for ten weeks, Liverpool’s eighth Biennial showcases everything from eye-popping installations to quieter exhibitions across the city. Look out for special commissions including Carlos Cruz-Diez’s full-sized, stripy ship sitting in Canning Grave Dock – a contemporary re-interpretation of the ‘dazzle’ effects used to camouflage British ships during the First World War and a 20-metre high, glowing white head on the site of a former coal mine.

Meanwhile, exhibitions range from the French avant-garde architect, Claude Parent at Tate Liverpool, to the Blue Coat’s ode to James McNeill Whistler.