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

Grace Ndiritu

Grace Ndiritu’s art and activism is inspired by alternative communities, spirituality and lifestyles. In 2017 she initiated her live art project, The Ark, in the migrant suburbs of Paris, France. This ‘model for living off-grid in an urban setting’ brought together scientists, artists, gardeners, economists and spiritual practitioners.

Grace Ndiritu, The Ark: Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation. Installation view: The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Brian Roberts

Grace Ndiritu, The Ark: Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation. Installation view: The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Brian Roberts

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith



featured online work

Marianna Simnett, The Udder, 2014

 

Set on a robotic dairy farm, this metaphysical tale of virtue and contamination features a cast of non-actors – a farmer, a deaf herdsman and three children.

Marianna Simnett, The Udder, 2014 (video still). Courtesy the artist.