Wolverhampton has been selected as the first UK city to host the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK.

The British Art Show is renowned for attracting a high volume of visitors to its touring cities and is widely recognised as a significant marker of recent developments in contemporary art.

The exhibition introduces visitors to over 40 artists practising in Britain over the past five years, providing an insight into contemporary life at an extraordinary period in the country's history. 

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Ian Brookfield, said: "To be the first city to host the British Art Show 9 is a huge honour.

"We had the news back in 2017 that we had been chosen as one of just four cities to host this prestigious exhibition, and it demonstrates how highly regarded Wolverhampton Art Gallery and University of Wolverhampton School of Art are.

"It is an excellent opportunity for City of Wolverhampton residents and visitors to see world-class contemporary art.

"The West Midlands is becoming a cultural hub and Wolverhampton is proud to be at the heart of it. The British Art Show will kick off a host of exciting events in the region, including Coventry City of Culture 2021 and Birmingham's Commonwealth Games 2022.”

British Art Show 9 will visit Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the University of Wolverhampton School of Art from 6 March to 30 May before heading off to Aberdeen, Plymouth and Manchester.