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British Art Show 9

Posted January 22, 2022 12:00 am by Laura Page under event

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

22 January 2022 - 10 April 2022

Alberta Whittle, Celestial Meditations II, 2017. © the artist. Courtesy of Alberta Whittle and Copperfield, London.

Hayward Gallery Touring have announced new dates for British Art Show 9, which will now come to Wolverhampton from 22 January to 10 April 2022. The show launches in Aberdeen this summer but Wolverhampton will be the first city in England to host BAS9, before it tours Manchester and finally Plymouth.

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 22 January – 10 April 2022 audiences in Wolverhampton will be able to experience 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 Manchester (13 May – 14 September 2022) and Plymouth (8 October – 23 December 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.

Curatorial Statement

BAS9 Event Proforma

More information on British Art Show 9 can be seen via the new website that has been created by Hayward Gallery Touring.

Are you an artist or creative practitioner in the WV area? If so, we’d love you to get involved in BAS9

There’s a whole host of ways that local people can be part of the BAS9 programme – either by volunteering, working in paid roles as part of the BAS9 team or by creating your own associated Fringe events around the city.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the ways to get involved:


If you’re a current student or a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Art you can sign up for the School of Art’s volunteer programme to invigilate the BAS9 or be one of the specially trained tour guides. For updates about volunteering at the School of Art sign up to the jobs board

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is calling for volunteers all ages and backgrounds to be trained as BAS9 invigilators and guides. To find out more go to our volunteering page

Fringe Programme – grants available

With the mass of creative talent in the Wolverhampton region, this is a chance for local artists to become part of the buzz of BAS9 by showcasing their work. We’re urging anyone with ideas to apply for Arts Council funding for their projects as soon as possible:

For information on ACE Project Grants visit the Arts Council website.

If you have an idea for a project you would like to discuss with the BAS9 team please email [email protected] or [email protected] and we’ll do our best to point you towards the appropriate people and support.

BAS9 Ambassador roles – open for expressions of interest

Do you have innovative, creative and exciting ideas that would help to build bridges between BAS9, specific local communities, relevant organisations and the general public? Wolverhampton School of Art and Wolverhampton Art Gallery are looking to offer 7 paid Public Engagement Ambassador commissions to support BAS9 in 2022. Please send an Expression of Interest outlining your idea, aims and objectives, target audiences and groups and any material or equipment costs required. Further information here.  Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 13 August.

Other useful links:

  • For details on artistic activity in Bilston email [email protected]
  • Find out more about the city’s Covid-19 recovery strategy here.


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