River of Light. Unexpected Twist.

21 October – 6 November 2022.

River of Light is returning! The outdoor illuminated gallery on Liverpool Waterfront will feature ten artworks across a 2KM loop, featuring light and sound from local, national and international artists.

Some artworks are new to Liverpool and some are never-seen before, brand-new commissions!

A 17-night outdoor art gallery which will illuminate the waterfront. It showcases the work of local, national and international artists.

When will the River of Light Trail take place?
The trail will be in place from Friday 21 October 2022 – Sunday 6 November 2021.

Do I need to book a ticket?
No. There is no need to book. River of Light is a self-guided trail.

Where will the River of Light Trail take place?
Across 2KM along Liverpool Waterfront.

How long is the trail?
The trail is a 2km loop with no designated start or finish.

What time will the River of Light installations be lit from?
The installations will be switched on from 5pm and switched off at 9pm each evening.

Is the trail ‘on’ all week?
The light installations will be switched on and off throughout the start and end time of the programme; they are switched on at 5.00pm and switched off at 9pm each day.

Where can I find out about the different light artworks?
Further information on the artworks can be found at visitliverpool.com/riveroflight

Is there information available at the installations about the artwork? Is it accessible?
At each of the installations there will be a large interpretation board with details about the installation and a QR code that can be scanned and will take you through to the designated page on the River of Light Trail website for further detail. We will also have signage for the route map. This has been designed to discourage people to gathering in one place.

The boards are all accessible but would remind public to wait until the board is available before taking the information and not to gather in groups outside of their bubble. The information boards have surface safe anti-microbial laminates applied to graphics.

Is it free to see the light installations at River of Light?

Are there any age restrictions for any of the light installations?
No, the River of Light is designed to be family friendly and all inclusive. It is advised that small children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

Can I bring my dog?
As the trail and installations are outside in areas accessible by the public, dogs are allowed to walk the trail.

Are all the light installations accessible?
All of the installations are accessible. Full accessibility information will be published for each individual artwork.

Please be aware that some installations are in locations that feature cobblestoned flooring.


Why is this happening now and who is it for?
The River of Light is part of the Culture Liverpool Annual programme delivered across Liverpool. Culture Liverpool is the Liverpool City Council team responsible for the city’s arts and cultural programme.

The Culture Liverpool programme, inlcuding River of Light Trail, is part of Liverpool City Council’s pledge to utilise culture for our ongoing recovery and regeneration.