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 Government Art Collection.

featured artist

Hardeep Pandhal

Hardeep Pandhal’s luridly iconoclastic digital animations, drawings, textile work and multimedia installations confront the toxic legacies of empire. His art makes direct reference to his Sikh heritage and to the many types of racism that he has experienced.

Hardeep Pandhal, Spectral Scripts Reluctantly Festoon Tantric Dungeon, 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and the photographer. Photo: Patrick Jameson

Hardeep Pandhal, Spectral Scripts Reluctantly Festoon Tantric Dungeon, 2020 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and the photographer. Photo: Patrick Jameson
Hardeep Pandhal, Eye Needle Dick Noodle by Mum and Me, 2017 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Hardeep Pandhal, Eye Needle Dick Noodle by Mum and Me, 2017 © the artist. Courtesy the artist



Katie Schwab, The Interesting and Wonderful Factory (still), 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist
what’s on

Katie Schwab: Public Art Walking Tours led by The Modernist Society

Find out more about artist Katie Schwab’s research for her British Art Show 9 commission, on a free walking tour of public artworks in Manchester with The Modernist Society.

Katie Schwab, The Interesting and Wonderful Factory (still), 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

featured online work

Abigail Reynolds, Elliptical Reading, 2021-22

 

Elliptical Reading, by Abigail Reynolds, creates a regular reading hour in a library. Readers share short sections from favourite books, generating an unruly text collage which builds over time.