British Art Show opens in Aberdeen

Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition,the British Art Show, will open its ninth edition in Scotland at Aberdeen Art Gallery on July 10, 2021.

The British Art Show is widely acknowledged as the most important and ambitious recurrent exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK, bringing the work of artists defining new directions in contemporary art to four UK cities. Following its launch in Aberdeen in July 2021, the exhibition will continue its national tour to multiple venues across the the cities of Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth throughout 2022.

British Art Show 9 is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar and will showcase the work of 47 artists. Focusing on work made since 2015, the exhibition reflects a precarious moment in Britain’s history. During this time politics of identity and nation, and concerns of social, racial and environmental justice have pervaded public consciousness. The artists presented in the exhibition respond in critical ways to this complex context. Through their works, they imagine new futures, propose alternative economies, explore new modes of resistance and find ways of living together. They do so through film, photography, painting, sculpture, and performance, as well as through multimedia projects that don’t sit easily in any one category.

The exhibition is structured around three main themes—Healing, Care and Reparative History; Tactics for Togetherness; Imagining New Futures—and has been conceived as a cumulative experience. The exhibition will change and adapt for each city, presenting different combinations of artists and artworks that respond to their distinctive local contexts. In Aberdeen, the exhibition will focus on the effort to develop alternative systems for ethical cohabitation in the world. The presentation centres on exploring different forms of knowledge—including spirituality—to heal the earth, to resist the injustices of extractivism, and develop non-exploitative ways of living with the non-human.

The participating artists for British Art Show 9 in Aberdeen include: Michael Armitage, Simeon Barclay, Zach Blas, Kathrin Böhm, Maeve Brennan, James Bridle, Helen Cammock, Cooking Sections, Jamie Crewe, Patrick Goddard, Anne Hardy, Celia Hempton, Joey Holder, Marguerite Humeau, Lawrence Lek, Ghislaine Leung, Paul Maheke, Elaine Mitchener, Grace Ndiritu, Uriel Orlow, Hardeep Pandhal, Florence Peake, Joanna Piotrowska, Abigail Reynolds, Margaret Salmon, Hrair Sarkissian, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Marianna Simnett, Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin), Hanna Tuulikki, Alberta Whittle, Rehana Zaman.

British Art Show 9 
Hayward Gallery Touring
July 10–October 10, 2021 


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