The British Art Show 8 touring exhibition was popular in Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton, receiving large visitor numbers.
British Art Show 8 - a-n The Artists Information Company
The British Art Show happens every five years, bringing together a selection of work by UK-based artists who in the view of the exhibition’s curators have made a ‘significant contribution’ to the country’s art scene in that time. Now on its eighth edition and this year featuring 42 artists, it begins its four-city tour at Leeds City Art Gallery. Amelia Crouch reports from Yorkshire.
British Art Show 8 opens in Leeds on Friday 9 October and the city – currently bidding to be European Capital of Culture 2023 – is responding with a raft of additional activity. Leeds-based writers and artists Amelia Crouch and Lara Eggleton report on what the city’s homegrown and artist-led organisations are up to as Leeds City Council throws its support behind a showcase of the city’s buoyant visual arts scene.
A new survey seeks to build a picture of social mobility and the backgrounds of those working in the arts, and is accompanied by a programme of events, art commissions and a visual campaign by the designer Peter Saville.
British Art Show 8 curators Anna Colin and Lydia Yee have selected the artists for this year’s exhibition, which opens in Leeds in October.