Wolverhampton has been selected as the opening city for next year’s British Art Show 9.
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.
The list of artists featuring in Wolverhampton are:
Wolverhampton Art Gallery: Patrick Goddard, Helen Cammock, Joanna Piotrowska, Marguerite Humeau, Hannah Tuulikki, Grace Ndiritu, Lawrence Lek, Hetain Patel, Hurvin Anderson, Andy Holden, Alberta Whittle, Hrair Sarkissian, Beatrice Gibson, Victoria Sin, Simeon Barclay , Hardeep Pandhal, Margaret Salmon.
School of Art: Mark Essen, Uriel Orlow, Abigail Reynolds, Florence Peake, Elaine Mitchener, Paul Maheke, Sean Edwards, Rehana Zaman, Jamie Crewe, Tai Shani, Many El-Sayegh, Hardeep Pandhal, Caroline Walker, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, GAIKA, Margaret Salmon.
Performances: Oona Doherty, GAIKA
Film Programme – TBC
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.
Image credit: Zach Blas, The Doors, 2019. installation view, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany Courtesy of the Artist & Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst