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British Art Show 8: Artists Announced

British Art Show 8: Artists Announced
Written by Abby Dix-Mason Leeds Inspired  24/04/2015

Hayward Touring have announced the list of 41 artists that curators Anna Colin and Lydia Yee have selected for British Art Show 8 (BAS8), opening at Leeds Art Gallery in autumn 2015. Many of the artists exhibiting in BAS8 have a strong international presence, reflecting the increasingly globalised networks operating in the art world.


James Richards / Raking Light 2014 / Still from digital video with sound / 7 minutes 5 seconds / courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London.

The artists were selected by the curators after extensive research and travel across the UK; more than half of the participating artists are making new work for the exhibition, while others will present recent work not previously seen in Britain.


Anthea Hamilton LET'S GO!, 2013 © Anthea Hamilton / Courtesy the artist and Bloomberg Space / Photo by Stephanie Rose Wood

Anna Colin and Lydia Yee didn't begin the process with a set theme but instead the curatorial framework evolved through their period of research and conversations with artists over the course of one year. The emerging strands of re-reading objects, production, labour and collaborative processes will be the starting point for conversations with the 41 BAS8 exhibitors listed below.

Åbäke / 
Lawrence Abu Hamdan / 
Caroline Achaintre / 
John Akomfrah and Trevor Mathison / 
Aaron Angell / 
Pablo Bronstein / 
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin / 
Andrea Büttner / 
Alexandre da Cunha / 
Nicolas Deshayes / 
Benedict Drew / 
Simon Fujiwara / 
Martino Gamper / 
Ryan Gander / 
Melanie Gilligan / 
Anthea Hamilton / 
Will Holder / 
Alan Kane / 
Mikhail Karikis / 
Linder / 
Rachel Maclean / 
Ahmet Öğüt / 
Ciara Phillips / 
Charlotte Prodger / 
Laure Prouvost / 
Magali Reus / 
James Richards / 
Eileen Simpson and Ben White / 
Daniel Sinsel / 
Cally Spooner / 
Patrick Staff / 
Imogen Stidworthy / 
Hayley Tompkins / 
Troy Town Art Pottery / 
Jessica Warboys / 
Stuart Whipps / 
Bedwyr Williams / 
Jesse Wine / 
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 


Lawrence Abu Hamdan/ A Convention of Tiny Movements, 2015 / © and courtesy the artist / Photo: Roberto Chamorro

In celebration of the British Art Show launching at Leeds Art Gallery and to showcase the vibrant and diverse visual arts scene in Leeds, the city will be coordinating a programme of events, commissions and publications throughout 2015. The programme will unite the visual arts sector across the city and invite audiences to discover venues from The Tetley and Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, to Bowery Arts in Headingley and Inkwell in Chapeltown.

The British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. Organised by Hayward Touring exhibitions, it takes place every five years and tours to four different cities across the UK. Now in its eighth incarnation, British Art Show will open at Leeds Art Gallery on October 9th (until Jan 10th 2016), after which it tours to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton. 

Follow @BASLeeds to keep up to speed with what's happening across the city during the British art Show.

Lead image: Martino Gamper Hands On, 2006 / From the series '100 Chairs in 100 Days' © the artist / Courtesy Åbäke & Martino Gamper

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