British Art Show 8

13 February — 8 May 2016

Image: Caroline Achaintre, Mother George, 2015. Hand tufted wool. Courtesy of Arcade, London. © The Artist / Arcade, London.

This spring, British Art Show 8 arrives in Edinburgh, where it will be shown across three galleries: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One); Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. The British Art Show is a national touring exhibition that provides a vital overview of some of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK. Organised by Hayward Touring at Southbank Centre, London, and taking place every five years, it introduces a broad public to a new generation of artists.

Curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, British art Show 8 features the work of 42 artists who have made a significant contribution to art in thes country over the past five years. The result of the curators' research across the UK and beyond is a wide-ranging exhibition that encompasses sculpture, film, video-installation, photography, painting, performance and design. Twenty-six of the artists have created new works especially for the exhibition, making this the most ambitious British Art Show to date.

A central concern of British Art Show 8 is the changing role and status of the object at a time of increasing convergence between the real and virtual. In response to this condition artists have deveoped new ways of thinking baout, and approaching, materiality. While some revisit traditional craft-based skills or make use of industrial techniques, others use data as a starting point for their work, or investigate the material conditions of our digital existence. Within the exhibition, ordinary objects– a car, a hard drive or an egg– are considered as archaeological finds or narrative devices. Operating within a complex web of relationships, these objects reveal new ways of being, thinking and acting in the world.

Exhibiting Artists:
Åbäke, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Caroline Achaintre, John Akomfrah & Trevor Mathison, Aaron Angell, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg & 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 Ögüt (with Liam Gillick, Susan Hiller and Goshka Macuga), Yuri Pattison, Ciara Phillips, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Magali Reus, James Richards, Eileen Simpson & Ben White, Daniel Sinsel, Cally Spooner, Patrick Staff, Imogen Stidworthy, Hayley Tompkins, Jessica Warboys, Stuartt Whipps, Bedwyr Willams, Jesse Wine, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

British Art Show Website.

A Hayward Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries in Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton. Presented in Edinburgh with support from Creative Scotland.

Generously supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme

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