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British Art Show 8

13 February — 8 May 2016, Tues - Sun, 10am - 5.30pm

 

British Art Show 8 has arrived 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.

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Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Pablo Bronstein, Early Industrial Landscape, 2016 (detail) and The Birth of the Skyscraper from Botanical Architecture, 2015), Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photo: John McKenzie

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Foreground: Anthea Hamilton, Ant Farms, 2015, Background: Caroline Achaintre, Skwash, 2014), Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photo: John McKenzie

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Right: Anthea Hamilton, Ant Farms, 2015, Left: Caroline Achaintre, Mother George, 2015), Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photo: John McKenzie

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Charlotte Prodger, Northern Dancer, 2014), Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photo: John McKenzie

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (James Richards, Raking Light, 2014), Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photo: John McKenzie

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Nicolas Deshayes, Becoming Soil, 2015), Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photo: John McKenzie

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Jesse Wine, Gossip I – IV, 2016), Victorian Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  Photos: John McKenzie.

Installation view, British Art Show 8 (Jesse Wine, Gossip I – IV, 2016), Victorian Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  Photos: John McKenzie.

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Press Release

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.

Artists exhibiting at Inverleith House:
Caroline Achaintre, Pablo Bronstein, Nicolas Deshayes, Simon Fujiwara, Martino Gamper,  Anthea Hamilton, Will Holder,  Charlotte Prodger, James Richards, Patrick Staff,  Bedwyr Willams and Jesse Wine.

The British Art Show 8 at Inverleith House is accompanied by a series of events and a publication.

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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