British Art Show 8 launcing 13th February 2016
This spring, British Art Show 8 arrives in Edinburgh, where it will be shown across three galleries: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One); Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. The British Art Show is a national touring exhibition that provides a vital overview of some of the most exciting contemporary art produced in the UK. Organised by Hayward Touring at Southbank Centre, London, and taking place every five years, it introduces a broad public to a new generation of artists.
Curated by Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, British art Show 8 features the work of 42 artists who have made a significant contribution to art in thes country over the past five years. The result of the curators’ research across the UK and beyond is a wide-ranging exhibition that encompasses sculpture, film, video-installation, photography, painting, performance and design. Twenty-six of the artists have created new works especially for the exhibition, making this the most ambitious British Art Show to date.
A central concern of British Art Show 8 is the changing role and status of the object at a time of increasing convergence between the real and virtual. In response to this condition artists have deveoped new ways of thinking baout, and approaching, materiality. While some revisit traditional craft-based skills or make use of industrial techniques, others use data as a starting point for their work, or investigate the material conditions of our digital existence. Within the exhibition, ordinary objects– a car, a hard drive or an egg– are considered as archaeological finds or narrative devices. Operating within a complex web of relationships, these objects reveal new ways of being, thinking and acting in the world.
Inverleith House will be host to exhibits by Caroline Achaintre, Pablo Bronstein, Nicolas Deshayes, Simon Fujiwara, Martino Gamper, Anthea Hamilton, Charlotte Prodger, James Richards, Patrick Staff, Bedwyr Williams and Jesse Wine.
Jesse Wine has created a newly-commissioned work for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He will present new ceramic sculptures that will be suspended from the ceiling in its famous Victorian Palm House.