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Artists announced for British Art Show in Norwich

The selection of artists for Hayward Touring’s British Art Show 8, which takes place in Norwich next Summer, has been announced. Widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, and a vital marker of current developments, the show will include 2013 Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost and 2014 nominee James Richards among 38 other artists and collectives chosen for their significant contribution to art in this country over the past five years.

Norwich is one of four host cities selected to host British Art Show 8, which marks the first time ever that the event has been hosted in the East of England, with key venues across the city including the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) campus and the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The show starts in Leeds this October and will also tour Edinburgh and Southampton.

The artists in British Art Show 8 are:

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

Professor Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at NUA, said: “Hosting the British Art Show here in Norwich represents a major coup for the City and the artists whose work will be shown in Norwich are truly world-leading. This major touring exhibition offers unique opportunities for a wide range of audiences to engage with thought-provoking contemporary art at a level unprecedented in the East of England. The show is also known to bring significant benefits to the local economy, with the previous British Art Shows generating in excess of £5 million for their host regions.

“Our hosting of the British Art Show 8 is also a landmark moment for our flourishing University partnerships with The Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Hayward Touring – amongst many others in the City and the region.”

Renowned curators Anna Colin and Lydia Yee made their selection after extensive research and travel across the UK to visit artists’ studios and exhibitions. Many of the artists included have a strong international presence, reflecting the increasingly global networks which sustain the contemporary art world. More than half of the participating artists are making new work for the exhibition, while others are presenting recent work not previously seen in Britain.

Anna Colin and Lydia Yee said: “Working on the British Art Show has been a rich and stimulating experience. Rather than arriving with a set theme and inviting artists accordingly, the curatorial framework was developed out of conversations with artists and observations made over the course of one year. We were particularly interested in the rereading of objects by artists and other contemporary thinkers as active agents, generative entities, mutating forms and networked realities. This has given us a starting point to explore how production, labour and collaborative processes can enter into dynamic conversation with the objects’ narrative potential and web of relations.”

Roger Malbert, Head of Hayward Touring, said: “The five year interval between British Art Shows is long enough for each to have a markedly different character and introduce a new generation of artists. This edition signifies a shift of curatorial perspective as well: the exhibition will evolve as it moves from city to city, with more collaborative relationships between artists and local organisations and communities.”

The exhibition tour dates are:

Leeds Edinburgh Norwich Southampton
Leeds Art Gallery Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, and Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Norwich University of the Arts and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery
9 October 2015 – 10 January 2016 13 February – 8 May 2016 24 June – 4 September 2016 8 October 2016 – 14 January 2017

Notes to Editors

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About Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery is part of Norfolk Museums Service, a countywide Service comprising ten museums and a collections study centre. It is a unique partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norfolk’s district councils, funded through council tax, earned income and grants. NMS was recognised in 2012 as an Arts Council England Major Partner Museum, one of only 21 museums tasked with providing leadership to the sector.

Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace over 900 years ago. It is now a museum housing outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, archaeology, costume and textiles and natural history. It hosts an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions which reflect the breadth of our collections and our commitment to supporting contemporary art. www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

Hayward Touring

Hayward Touring is an integral part of the Hayward Gallery, producing exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publicly-funded venues throughout Britain. Hayward Touring collaborates with artists, independent curators, writers and partner institutions to develop imaginative exhibitions that are seen by approximately half a million people in over 100 cities and towns each year.


Anna Colin is an independent curator based in London. She is a co-founder and co-Director of Open School East and Associate Curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Lydia Yee is Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery. She was previously Curator at Barbican Art Gallery.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Strategic Touring Fund

For further information about Strategic Touring Fund please visit: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/apply-for-funding/strategic-touring-programme/

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