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NUA to host British Art Show 8 in Norwich

Norwich will be taken over by a festival of contemporary art in key venues across the city in the summer of 2016, as one of four host cities for the 8th edition of the British Art Show. The biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK has selected Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) as a co-host in Norwich. Venues for British Art Show 8 will include NUA campus buildings, St Georges Street and East Gallery NUA along with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and The Forum. It will introduce the public to a new generation of British artists, providing a vital overview of the most exciting art produced in this country during the previous five years.

British Art Show 7

Work displayed in British Art Show 7

Launched in 1979 and organised every five years by the Hayward Gallery as part of the Hayward Touring programme, the British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art and this is the first time the show has toured to East Anglia.

The seventh edition of the exhibition took place in 2010 and 2011 and attracted over 420,000 visitors in its four host cities. The net additional expenditure as a result of the British Art Show was estimated at £3.6 million within one host city and £1.3 million in the wider region.

British Art Show 8 tour will also travel to Leeds Art Gallery (October 2015); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and to John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton (in a major new building in the city centre) and Southampton City Art Gallery.

Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at NUA, says: “The arrival of British Art Show 8 in Norwich is a momentous achievement for not only Norwich University of the Arts, but also for the city and the region. This is the first time that the British Art Show has visited the East of England and the economic and cultural benefits of hosting a truly world-class exhibition are highly significant.

“NUA is privileged to be the lead partner for Hayward Touring in bringing this project to fruition, and our hosting of this event represents a fantastic opportunity for creative students at the University to gain a unique insight into hosting a major national exhibition of contemporary art. We look forward to working with our partners in the city to bring this project to a fabulous conclusion.”

The Show has announced the appointment of Anna Colin and Lydia Yee as curators. Selected by a panel of curators from the Hayward Gallery and the participating cities, both bring international curatorial experience to the roles.

British Art Show 8 curators Lydia Yee and Anna Colin

British Art Show 8 curators Lydia Yee and Anna Colin

Anna Colin is a curator and writer based in London. She is a co-founder and co-director of Open School East, associate curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris and has curated exhibitions and projects in spaces in London; Liverpool, Quimper and Delme in France; Turin and Cairo.

Lydia Yee is Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, and was previously Senior Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York. She was the recipient of the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2006.

About 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.

About Hayward Touring

Hayward Touring produces exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publicly-funded venues throughout Britain. Hayward Touring collaborate with artists, independent curators, writers and partner institutions to develop and tour imaginative exhibitions that are seen by approximately half a million people in over 100 cities and towns each year.

24 June – 4 September 2016


Read the full list of artists exhibiting at BAS8.

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