British Art Show 8 curators Anna Colin and Lydia Yee have made their selection of artists for the exhibition, which opens in Leeds on 9 October 2015 and then tours to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton.
Taking place every five years, over half of the participating artists will be making new work for the exhibition, with others presenting recent work not previously seen in Britain.
The selected artists are:
Åbäke, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Caroline Achaintre, John Akomfrah and Trevor Mathison, Aaron Angell, Pablo Bronstein, Adam Broomberg and 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 (pictured), Ahmet Öğüt, Yuri Pattison, Ciara Phillips, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Magali Reus, James Richards, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Daniel Sinsel, Cally Spooner, Patrick Staff, Imogen Stidworthy, Hayley Tompkins, Troy Town Art Pottery, Jessica Warboys, Stuart Whipps, Bedwyr Williams, Jesse Wine, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
The exhibition will, its curators state, reflect on the status of the object at a time of increasing convergence between the real and the virtual: “In our seemingly dematerialised reality, many artists are reconsidering the potential of the physical, revisiting skills and practices that have been overshadowed in the transition to the digital.
“In turn, other artists critically explore the material conditions of our technological existence. The notion of the object is re-imagined through a variety of production and collaborative processes, as well as through the use of narrative and fiction.”
This year’s British Art Show, organised by Hayward Touring, is supported by of Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund. Other supporters and partners confirmed to date include Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle; The Henry Moore Foundation; Create; Fondation d’entrepise Galeries Lafayette; Northern Ballet; Dovecot Studios; WERK, Birmingham.
British Art Show 8 opens at Leeds Art Gallery on 9 October 2015 and continues until 10 January 2016. It then tours to: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, and Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 13 February – 8 May 2016; Norwich University of the Arts and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery 24 June – 4 September 2016; and John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery 8 October 2016 – 14 January 2017.