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British Art Show 8 in Norwich

24 June – 4 September 2016


The British Art Show is the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK. 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.

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Host venues of the British Art Show in Norwich

  • Leeds: Leeds Art Gallery
  • Edinburgh: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Inverleith House and Royal Botanic Garden
  • Southampton: John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton and Southampton City Art Gallery
  • Norwich: Norwich University of the Arts and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery


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
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Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August: 1-5pm

Poster showing British Art Show 8 Takover

NUA students and alumni with Young Associates from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts came together in a collaborative takeover within and around the work of the British Art Show 8. Hosting workshops, performances and installations from artists with a connection to Norwich, performances took place within the NUA St George’s Building in response or inspired by BAS8 work on Saturday 6 August.

The performances included: Sophie Purchase’s Let’s talk about the weather, a participatory performance which invites viewers to engage with the performer through a scripted conversation displayed on a sandwich board worn by the artist.

Townley and Bradby and their three young children also made a double bed with oversized bedding. Spontaneous, playful and non-scripted, once complete the family got into bed together.

In response to Ryan Gander’s unrealised ideas, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Young Associates group held workshops at timed intervals during the evening. These included making hats from cable ties and constructions from gold spray-painted pasta. Along the lines of the ‘Simon Says’ game visitors also participated in a ‘Ryan Says’ workshop.

British Art Show 8 Artist Imogen Stidworthy discusses her practice and how her work has evolved to suit the space at NUA.

Bedwyr Williams visited NUA to discuss his career to date and the concepts behind his BAS8 work.

BAS8 artist Alan Kane and NUA 3D Technician James Castle cast horse brass designs for The History Train Parade.

Watch a film by NUA student Maragaret Belle, capturing the events of the NUA BAS8 takeover, an evening of workshops, discussions and performances by NUA students, staff and SCVA Young Associates.

Great crowd gathering for a performance by Towney and Bradbury #BAS8

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Martino Gamper's book binding session with Judith Ellis has begun here in the exhibition space at #BAS8 #martinogamper

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Learning more about the fantastic wall by Ciara Phillips at #BAS8

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Artist spotlight

Ryan Gander's work at NUA as part of British Art Show 8. Photo by David Kirkham

Professor Neil Powell, NUA Pro Vice-Chancellor, talks about one of his favourite works in the British Art Show 8: “There are so many highlights in the Norwich show that it’s very difficult and perhaps slightly unfair to single anybody out. If my life depended on it though, I would have to say that Ryan Gander’s installation is probably the most complete, varied and intriguing collection of images, sculptures and texts in the show.”

Gander’s computer generated wood carvings problematise craft in a good way, whilst the endless lists, pasted as images on the walls of the space, give a real insight into a vibrant and very real practice characterised by a torrent of creative ideas and imagery.

The organisation of the space itself is glorious, there is an exquisite equilibrium between the work occupying the space and the space containing the ideas.”

British Art Show Horse brasses being made in Norwich University of the Arts workshops

British Art Show 8 was delivered to Norwich by shire horse drays decorated in horse brasses on ‘The History Train’, designed by members of the public and created by artist Alan Kane at NUA. Read more about the spectacular horse parade.

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Norwich was 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. Read the British Art Show 8 press release.


Jessica Warboys, Sea Painting, July, Dunwich, 2015. Copyright the artist 2015. Courtesy the artist and Gaudel de Stampa, Paris.

“NUA is privileged to be the lead partner for Hayward Touring…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.”

Neil Powell
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Norwich University of the Arts