Plymouth to round off prestigious British Art Show 9

Sarah Parker
Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 22:20

New dates for the UK’s most influential contemporary art exhibition, British Art Show 9 (BAS 9), have been confirmed. The nationwide tour will culminate in Plymouth from 8 October to 23 December 2022. Prior to this, the exhibition will be displayed in Aberdeen, Wolverhampton and Manchester.

Held every five years to showcase the work of British artists who have made a significant contribution to international contemporary art, BAS9 will be shown across four city venues – The Box, KARST, The Levinsky Gallery at the University of Plymouth and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art.

47 artists have been selected following extensive research by curators Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar. They include Turner Prize winners and bursary recipients and artists who have represented Britain at the prestigious Venice Biennale. Many of the artists are developing new works for the exhibition which will include sculpture, film, installation, performance, painting and photography. They are:

Hurvin Anderson

Michael Armitage

Simeon Barclay

Oliver Beer

Zach Blas

Kathrin Böhm

Maeve Brennan

James Bridle

Helen Cammock

Than Hussein Clark

Cooking Sections
Jamie Crewe

Oona Doherty

Sean Edwards

Mandy El-Sayegh
Mark Essen


Beatrice Gibson

Patrick Goddard

Anne Hardy

Celia Hempton

Andy Holden

Joey Holder

Marguerite Humeau

Lawrence Lek

Ghislaine Leung

Paul Maheke

Elaine Mitchener

Oscar Murillo

Grace Ndiritu

Uriel Orlow
Hardeep Pandhal

Hetain Patel

Florence Peake

Heather Phillipson

Joanna Piotrowska

Abigail Reynolds

Margaret Salmon

Hrair Sarkissian

Katie Schwab

Tai Shani

Marianna Simnett

Victoria Sin

Hanna Tuulikki

Caroline Walker

Alberta Whittle

Rehana Zaman

BAS9 will explore three overarching themes: healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. All three were devised before the COVID-19 pandemic and last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, but are now more relevant than ever.

The new dates for the national tour are:

10 July – 10 October 2021 – Aberdeen: Aberdeen Art Gallery

22 January – 10 April 2022 – Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Wolverhampton School of Art

13 May – 4 September 2022 – Manchester: Castlefield Gallery; Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA); HOME; Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

8 October – 23 December 2022 – Plymouth: The Box, KARST, The Levinsky Gallery at the University of Plymouth and The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth City Council Leader, Tudor Evans OBE said: “British Art Show 9 has been developed at such an unprecedented time in our history and it will be a truly exciting moment for Plymouth when it goes on display here. Although the tour has had to be revised due to the continuing impact of COVID-19, the new schedule is a testament to the collaboration an exhibition of this scale involves. We’re very honoured to be the city that will round off the nationwide tour and are looking forward to working in partnership with everyone involved over the next few months.”