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 British Art Show 8




9 October 2015 - 10 January 2016

We are delighted to launch British Art Show 8 here at Leeds Art Gallery. The British Art Show provides a vital overview of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK. Organised by Hayward Touring every five years, the exhibition will tour to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton in 2016/17.

The curators of British Art Show 8, Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, have selected the work of 42 artists who have made a significant contribution to contemporary art in the UK over the past five years. Twenty-six of the 42 artists have produced new works 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 physical object in an increasingly digital age. These concerns will be explored through a wide range of mediums that encompass performance, film, sculpture, installation, painting and design.

Almost all of our galleries will be emptied of our collection, allowing a unique opportunity to creatively reinvent gallery spaces to accompany newly commissioned work. It is over a generation since Leeds last hosted the British Art Show, which in 1990 exhibited artists such as Rachel Whiteread and Cornelia Parker.

The exhibition spans the whole of Leeds Art Gallery, so make sure to take it all in.

Let us know what you think!

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BAS8 @LeedsArtGallery.

Tell us what you thought of the exhibition through our online survey.

IMAGE: Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet, 2013‐14 (production still) © and courtesy of the artist.


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Learning and workshops

In response to British Art Show 8 there will be a varied learning programme, from informal activities in Artspace throughout the exhibition, to a full education programme; including artist-led orkshops, outreach workshops, INSET opportunities and resources for self-led visits.

You can also find a useful guide to using contemporary art for teachers and educators on this page and resources such as teachers’ notes for British Art Show 8, including discussion and activity ideas are available to explore online via My Learning.

Further details on our schools programme can be found in the ‘downloads’ section or by contacting the Education Office at Leeds Art Gallery. Please email city.art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk with ‘BAS8 Learning’ in the title to find out more.​

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