Rehana Zaman, Tell me the story Of all these things (still), 2017 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Rehana Zaman, Tell me the story Of all these things (still), 2017 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

British Art Show 9


The British Art Show is a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates the vitality of recent art made in Britain. Organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring the exhibition brings the work of artists defining new directions in contemporary art to four cities across the UK.

British Art Show 9 was developed at a precarious moment in Britain’s history that has brought politics of identity and nation, concerns of social, racial and environmental justice, 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.

BAS9 is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar, and presented in collaboration with the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth.

Hayward Gallery Touring is the UK’s largest contemporary art organisation producing exhibitions that tour the UK.

Michael Armitage, The Octopus’s Veil, 2016 © Michael Armitage. Image: Crown Copyright, UK

featured artist

Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer is a multidisciplinary sculptor with a background in music. Oliver has a particular interest in the relationship between sound and space, and especially between the voice and architecture. He has used vocal performances to awaken the natural harmonics inside buildings, from the Sydney Opera House to a hammam in Istanbul, and asked pairs of singers to explore the resonant frequencies of each other’s faces. Beer also orchestrates ensembles of vessels – hollow objects possessing an opening – producing tuneful but visually discordant displays.

Oliver Beer, installation view: Household Gods, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London. Photo: Charles Duprat

Oliver Beer, Composition for Mouths (Songs My Mother Taught Me) I (still), 2018. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the Sydney Opera House with generous assistance from the British Council © the artist. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London; and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne