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.
For Michael Armitage, painting is ‘a way of thinking through something.’ Born in Nairobi to an English father and a Kikuyu mother, his work has its roots in East Africa; its people, politics, history and mythology, its animals and landscapes. He paints enigmatic and ambiguous narratives on Ugandan lubugo bark cloth; its heavily textured surface marked by holes, stitching, bumps and woodgrain, both dictates and subverts the composition and handling of paint.