Hayward Gallery Touring has announced the 34 artists for British Art Show 9 (BAS9) when it comes to Wolverhampton in January 2022. The artists will be exhibiting across two venues in Wolverhampton from 22 January to 10 April 2022: Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the University of Wolverhampton School of Art as part of the prestigious national tour. 

The exhibition, which tours to four cities across the UK, reflects a precarious moment in Britain’s history, which has brought politics of identity and nation, concerns of social, racial and environmental justice to the centre of public consciousness. The artists respond in critical ways to this complex context. Through their works, they imagine new futures, propose alternative economies, explore new modes of resistance and find ways of living together. The exhibition also adapts and changes for each city, presenting different combinations of artists and artworks that respond to their distinctive local contexts. 

Wolverhampton Art Gallery houses one of the most significant collections of art on ‘The Troubles’ outside Northern Ireland. It also collects works linked to the British Black Arts movement which has its roots in the city as many of its members studied at the Wolverhampton School of Art. As part of BAS9 at Wolverhampton Art Gallery there will be a presentation of selected works from its collection. 

Works on show in BAS9 will include vibrant paintings depicting the cultural experience of Hurvin Anderson, a Birmingham-born artist with Jamaican heritage. Furniture designed by students at Wolverhampton’s Thomas Telford University Technical College (UTC) at Springfield Campus will be on show as part of a pilot programme for an ‘art school within an art school’ by artist Mark Essen.  

There will also be street performances, dance, rapping, photography, sculpture and visual art on display. 

Helen Cammock, who was born in Staffordshire, works across film, photography, print, text and performance and is one of the artists taking part in the exhibition. In her forthcoming exhibit for BAS9, Changing Room II (2021), Helen will be exploring work made by her Jamaican-born father who was an amateur ceramicist, magistrate and an art teacher in Wolverhampton. She will re-create ceramic objects that he made in the 1960s, along with a new banner work, to form a multimedia installation that will be presented across both the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and University of Wolverhampton School of Art. 

Other artists include: Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Simeon Barclay, Oliver Beer, James Bridle, Jamie Crewe, Oona Doherty, Sean Edwards, Mandy El-Sayegh, Mark Essen, GAIKA, Beatrice Gibson, Patrick Goddard, Andy Holden, Lawrence Lek, Paul Maheke, Elaine Mitchener, Oscar Murillo, Grace Ndiritu, Uriel Orlow, Hardeep Pandhal, Hetain Patel, Florence Peake, Joanna Piotrowska, Abigail Reynolds, Margaret Salmon, Hrair Sarkissian, Marianna Simnett, Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin), Hanna Tuulikki, Caroline Walker, Alberta Whittle and Rehana Zaman. 

British Art Show 9 shows at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 22 January to 10 April.



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