The landmark Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition British Art Exhibition 9 (BAS9) will culminate in Plymouth this autumn after successful showings in Aberdeen, Wolverhampton and Manchester.
37 artists have been confirmed for this fourth edition of British Art Exhibition 9which brings the work of some of Britain’s most exciting contemporary artists to four cities every five years.
British Art Exhibition 9 is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar and highlights work created since 2015. The exhibition is structured around three main themes – Healing, Nurturing and Redemption Story, Tactics for Togetherness and Imagining New Futures — and has evolved with each city, with a different combination of artworks and artists responding to each location.
In Plymouth, the exhibition focuses on the migration of bodies, plants, objects and ideas; Inspiration and reference to the role it played in the British colonial conquests, as well as the encounters between British and other cultures that have enriched and continue to enrich our society.
The artists present their work in four different locations: CARST, The Levinsky Gallery at the University of Plymouth and MIRROR at the Arts University Plymouth until 23 December 2022 and at The box to 8 January 2023. The exhibition is also being run in partnership with Plymouth Culture.
The artists exhibiting in Plymouth are: Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Oliver Beer, Maeve Brennan, James Bridle, Helen Cammock, Than Hussein Clark, Cooking Sections (Alon Schwabe & Daniel Fernández Pascual), Sean Edwards, Mandy El-Sayegh, Gaika, Beatrice Gibson, Patrick Goddard, Anne Hardy, Celia Hempton, Andy Holden, Marguerite Humeau, Lawrence Lek, Ghislaine Leung, Elaine Mitchener, Oscar Murillo, Grace Ndiritu, Uriel Orlow, Hardeep Pandhal, Hetain Patel, Florence Peake, Heather Phillipson, Joanna Piotrowska, Abigail Reynolds, Margaret Salmon, Katie Schwab, Tai Shani, Hanna Tuulikki, Sin Wai Kin, Caroline Walker, Alberta Whittle, Rehana Zaman.
British Art Exhibition 9 reflects a precarious moment in British history. During this time, identity and nation politics, as well as concerns of social, racial, and ecological justice, have permeated the public consciousness. The featured artists illuminate and respond critically to this complex situation, envisioning more hopeful futures and exploring new forms of resistance. The exhibition includes film, photography, painting, sculpture, performance, installation and commissioned works that explore local history in Plymouth.
The exhibition includes a program of artist films and a dedicated website that allows artists to share their work online. A program of events and lectures will take place in Plymouth, while outreach and ambassador programs will provide further opportunities for people to engage with the exhibition and its themes.
Selected highlights from BAS9 Plymouth
Oliver Beer‘s household gods (2019), a sound and sculptural installation composed of vessels chosen by the artist for their specific musical resonances to create a symphony that resonates throughout the gallery.
cooking departments‘ CLIMAVORE: Marsh Orchards / Mining Meadows (2022), a project that aims to develop a long-term plan to turn the Plymouth waterfront back into a thriving ecosystem that grows food while cultivating habitats.
The premiere of an immersive film installation by Beatrice Gibson, Dreaming Alcestis (2022), which shifts the focus of the tragedy from Euripides back to the play’s mostly silent, self-sacrificing female protagonist, reinterpreted from a contemporary feminist perspective.
Celia Hempton‘s creation of an expansive abstract mural as context for her Chat randomly Paintings that they combine into one work.
Margaret Humeau‘s Venus de Frasassi, a 10-year-old female human swallowed a rabbit’s brain (2018), part of her series of sculptural works often titled after prehistoric Venus figures.
Ghislaine Leung‘s sculptural intervention violet 2 (2018), in which she uses deceptively minimal means and prefabricated objects to show what often goes unnoticed in institutions.
Alberta Whittle‘s evolving oeuvre of installations, performances and films reflecting the 400th anniversary of Plymouth’s Mayflower voyage.