British Art Show 9

Posted by on Jul 16, 2021 in 2022, news 2021

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Hayward Gallery Touring announces the selection of artists for ​British Art Show 9​, which will now be opening in ​Aberdeen ​on ​10 July 2021​ and touring to ​Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.
The British Art Show is the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK and it is widely acknowledged as the most important recurrent exhibition of contemporary art produced in this country, unrivalled in its ambition, scope and national reach. The exhibition will be presented across numerous galleries and exhibition spaces in each city, resulting in an ambitious and wide-ranging programme that explores new tendencies in artistic practice. The curators of BAS 9, ​Irene Aristizábal and​ Hammad Nasar, ​have made their artist selection after extensive research and travel across the UK. Many of the participating artists are developing new works for the exhibition, including significant new commissions supported by Art Fund that will be acquired by museum partners in each city, while others are presenting ambitious recent works which have not previously been seen in Britain.
The ​artists in British Art Show 9​ 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
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
Rehana Zaman

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 artists presented in the exhibition respond in critical ways to this complex context; imagining more hopeful futures and exploring new modes of resistance.

The artists in British Art Show 9 look at how we live with and give voice to difference, while also extending our understanding of identity to beyond the human. Their projects often blur the boundaries between art and life, and imagine alternative futures. Through their works, they propose alternative economies and ways of living together that emphasise commonality, collaboration and care.

Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar​ said: “​In framing the exhibition, we have grouped practices into three expansive categories: h​ ealing, care and reparative history;​ t​ actics for togetherness;​ andi​maginingnewfutures.​ Whilethesethemeswereshapedattheendof2019,theunfolding impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the protests against racial injustice, make them even more urgent.​ ​We want the exhibition to present a multitude of voices and viewpoints in a set of presentations that accumulate and evolve from city to city; British Art Show 9 will be responsive to each city’s local collections, communities, urgencies and histories, enabling meaningful engagement for its local audiences.”

Brian Cass, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery Touring​, said: “We are delighted to announce the new exhibition dates and the outstanding group of artists that Irene and Hammad have selected for this edition of British Art Show. Presenting an exhibition with many new works and a wide programme of public engagement across multiple museums and galleries will give audiences across the UK an unparalleled opportunity to see how art can inspire, empower and offer new ways of being in the world. We very much look forward to seeing how British Art Show 9 continues to develop and renew in each city. We are excited by its potential to encourage new ways of working and build collaborative relationships between artists, our partner institutions and communities. We are very pleased that British Art Show 9 will also benefit from the outstanding support of Art Fund, enabling the acquisition of four significant new artist commissions into museum Collections in each city.”

The 9th edition of the British Art Show was originally planned to open in Manchester in September 2020. In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, and in dialogue with the partner institutions in each city and the artists in the exhibition, the dates and the order of the exhibition tour have been changed.
New Tour details:

10 July – 10 October 2021​ ​- ​Aberdeen​: ​Aberdeen Art Gallery

22 January – 10 April 2022​- ​Wolverhampton:​ ​Wolverhampton Art Gallery and University of Wolverhampton School of Art

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

8 October 2022 – 23 December 2022​: Plymouth: ​The Box, Plymouth; K​ARST; The Arts Institute’s Levinsky Gallery and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

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