British Art Show

Video Still Oliver Beer, Vessel Orchestra - Nico Muhly performance at The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
Video Still Oliver Beer, Vessel Orchestra - Nico Muhly performance at The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

British Art Show 9 visits Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth

The largest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK features the most exciting artists working right now and new commissions. 

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.

10 JUL 2021 – 23 DEC 2022

British Art Show is a landmark touring exhibition, widely recognised as the most important recurrent exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK. Organised every five years, it brings the most innovative and exciting contemporary art produced in this country to four UK cities. 

This, its ninth edition, is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar.

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. They do so through film, painting, sculpture and performance, as well as through projects that don’t sit easily in any one category.

British Art Show 9 is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, organised in collaboration with institutions across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.


'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

Exhibition tour dates

  • 10 Jul – 10 Oct 2021, Aberdeen: Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • 22 Jan – 10 Apr 2022, Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton Art Gallery; and Wolverhampton School of Art
  • 13 May – 4 Sep 2022, Manchester: Castlefield Gallery;  HOME; Manchester Art Gallery; and The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
  • 8 Oct – 23 Dec 2022, Plymouth: KARST; The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth; The Box, Plymouth; and The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art