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British Art Show 9 – Wolverhampton has been selected as the opening city for next year’s British Art Show 9.

Hetain Patel Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017 Medium: Single Channel HD video, stereo sound 16 mins 08 secs Copyright the artist Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD. Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

Hetain Patel, Don’t Look at the Finger, 2017. Copyright the artist
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD. Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

We are delighted to announce that Wolverhampton has been chosen as the first city to host British Art Show 9, taking place in 2021.

The British Art Show is the largest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, giving people in cities across the country the opportunity to engage with work by the most exciting artists in Britain.

From 6 March – 30 May 2021 audiences in Wolverhampton will be the first to see the exhibition, which will take place across two main venues:, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Art. Following Wolverhampton, the exhibition will tour to Aberdeen (3 July – 3 October 2021), Plymouth (6 November 2021 – 13 March 2022) and Manchester (6 May - 4 September 2022).

The British Art Show is widely recognised as a significant marker of recent developments in contemporary art in Britain, and British Art Show 9 will be no exception. A huge range of works by over 40 artists will be presented, engaging with many of the most urgent issues of our times, including the environmental crisis, identity and belonging, conflict resolution and healing.

The exhibition is curated by internationally respected curators Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar and is produced by Hayward Gallery Touring, in collaboration with curators at each of the host cities.

Hosting British Art Show 9 represents a huge milestone in the cultural life of Wolverhampton, and we can’t wait to share further details with you in the run up to the exhibition.

Click here to read the press release.