Lewis Biggs is a freelance Curator, Writer and Cultural Consultant. He was Director of Liverpool Biennial 2000-2011, having been a founding trustee of the charitable company in 1998. The 2002 Liverpool Biennial Festival 'broke the rules' by focusing on newly commissioned art, much of it for the public realm, researched collaboratively and realised by a team of locally based curators. This approach – and its success - established Liverpool Biennial as an original and significant contributor to the international spectrum of biennales, and the organisational model it established has become influential around the world, as competition between biennales forces them to differentiate their offer.
The success of the 2002 Biennial contributed to Liverpool winning its (2003) bid to be nominated European Capital of Culture 2008. Lewis played an active role in the formation and leadership of Liverpool Art and Regeneration Consortium, which delivered the majority of the City's arts programmes in 2008, and of Culture Campus, which created links between the arts sector and three Liverpool universities.
Lewis was Director of Tate Liverpool from 1990 to 2000 – a decade in which it was the only dedicated Museum of Modern Art in the UK, and at a time when the Tate 'brand' was associated overwhelmingly with the work of Turner and Constable. The programme he initiated in Liverpool introduced contemporary British and International art to new audiences nationally and especially in the North of England. It included groundbreaking art exhibitions from Japan, Korea, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The programme's structure, and accompanying education programme, were influential on London's Tate Modern when it opened in 2000.
Biggs is now the Curator of the Folkestone Triennial 2017, General Editor of Tate Modern Artists (books on contemporary artists since 2002), International Advisor, School of Fine Arts, Shanghai University and Chair, Organising Committee, International Award for Excellence in Public Art (Shanghai). He was Co-curator, Aichi Triennale 2013, and undertook a consultancy in 2011-2013 with Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong.
Lewis is a member of the Board of International Advisors to the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, a Visiting Professor of Contemporary Art at Liverpool School of Art and Design (he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University in 1998) and an Honorary Professor at Glasgow University (School of Art). He is active as a trustee of several boards including the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust (Painting Competition), Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool and Situations, Bristol