Hayward Gallery Touring

British Art Show

6 Mar 2021 – 4 Sept 2022

British Art Show 9 visits Wolverhampton, Aberdeen, Plymouth and Manchester with visionary new commissions and works that have not previously been seen in Britain. 

The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar for its ninth edition.

The British Art Show shows the most exciting contemporary art produced in this country, across numerous galleries and exhibition spaces in each of the chosen cities.

British Art Show 9 has been developed at a precarious moment in Britain’s history that has brought politics, narratives of identity and questions of agency to the centre of public consciousness. 

The featured artists respond in critical ways to this complex context, imagining more hopeful futures and exploring new modes of resistance.

Opening in Wolverhampton in March 2021, British Art Show 9 has an ambitious and wide-ranging programme that explores new tendencies in artistic practice.

Featured artists

The featured artists are: Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Simeon Barclay, Oliver Beer, Zach Blas, Kathrin Böhm, Maeve Brennan, James Bridle, Helen Cammock, Than Hussein Clark, Cooking Sections (Alon Schwabe & Daniel Fernández Pascual), Jamie Crewe, Oona Doherty, Sean Edwards, Mandy El-Sayegh, Mark Essen, Gaika, Beatrice Gibson, Patrick Goddard, Anne Hardy, Celia Hempton, Andy Holden, Joey Holder, Marguerite Humeau, Lawrence Lek, Ghislaine Leung, Paul Maheke, Elaine Mitchener, Oscar Murillo, Grace Ndiritu, Uriel Orlow, Hardeep Pandhal, Hetain Patel, Florence Peake, Heather Phillipson, Joanna Piotrowska, Abigail Reynolds, Margaret Salmon, Hrair Sarkissian, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Marianna Simnett, Victoria Sin, Hanna Tuulikki, Caroline Walker, Alberta Whittle and Rehana Zaman.

In framing the exhibition, we have grouped practices into three expansive categories: healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. While these themes were shaped at the end of 2019, the unfolding impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the protests against racial injustice make them even more urgent.
Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar

Tour dates

6 March – 30 May 2021: Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton Art Gallery and University of Wolverhampton School of Art

3 July – 3 October 2021: Aberdeen: Aberdeen Art Gallery

6 November 2021 – 13 March 2022: Plymouth: The Box, Plymouth; KARST; The Arts Institute’s Levinsky Gallery and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

6 May –  4 September 2022: Manchester: HOME; Manchester Art Gallery; Castlefield Gallery; The Whitworth and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)

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