For the first time in its history the prestigious British Art Show is coming to East Anglia. Opening in Norwich on Friday 24 June, British Art Show 8 is the United Kingdom’s most ambitious and influential contemporary art exhibition and is the “one show which is a must see” – Time Out.
The show’s arrival in Norwich is being celebrated by a unique event conceived by Great Yarmouth-based artist Alan Kane in which the county’s rich agricultural past combines with contemporary art practice to create an extraordinary spectacle. On Saturday June 18 leading contemporary artist Alan Kane will get the ball rolling with his specially commissioned event. Six horse drawn carts will process through the city’s streets, leaving Chapelfield at 11.30am and arriving at the Forum at 1pm, ceremoniously delivering the art works to each venue announcing British Art Show 8’s arrival in Norwich.
British Art Show 8 opens officially to the public in venues across the city on Friday 24 June until 4 September 2016.
Widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, the British Art Show is organised every five years by Hayward Touring. BAS8 launched in October 2015 at ￼Leeds Art Gallery. Attracting over 420,000 visitors in 2010 / 2011 for BAS7, the British Art Show is the largest touring exhibition in the UK. Each edition is dedicated to showcasing the best work of a new generation of artists. The artists are chosen on the grounds of their contribution to art in this country in the last five years – making the British Art Show a vital measure of the current state of contemporary art in the UK.
BAS8 is curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee. Anna Colin is co-founder & co-director of Open School East and Associate Curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayette; Lydia Yee is Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery and was previously curator at Barbican Art Gallery. Website: www.britishartshow8.com