British Art Show makes a triumphant return to Glasgow in 2011

British Art Show 7 - Nathaniel Mellors, 'Alternative'

The British Art Show, widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, is returning to Glasgow for the first time since the city won the title of European City of Culture in 1990.

British Art Show 7 will open in Glasgow on 27 May 2011 and run until 21 August 2011.  The exhibition opened in Nottingham on 23 October 2010 and will be at the Hayward Gallery, London until 17 April 2011, ending in Plymouth in December 2011.  New work will be revealed at each city, creating a unique exhibition in each host city.

Announcing its return to Glasgow, Tom Morton, one of the BAS7 curators, said: “Glasgow continues to be a key European centre for contemporary art production, as demonstrated by the large number of Glasgow-trained and based artists in the British Art Show: Karla Black, Duncan Campbell, Luke Fowler, Michael Fullerton, Alasdair Gray, Mick Peter and Sue Tompkins. Given the great strength of the city’s artists and art scene, it feels vital that this edition of the BAS comes to Glasgow.”

The venues for the exhibition in Glasgow are the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and Tramway. This will be the first time these major contemporary art venues have worked together in partnership on such a high profile project.

Andrew Dixon, Chair of Creative Scotland said:  “Glasgow is a culturally vibrant city with a dynamic creative community and Creative Scotland is delighted to be supporting the tour of British Art Show 7 to the city for summer 2011. This major exhibition presents a fascinating overview of current developments in the visual arts and we are especially pleased that several of the artists selected currently live and work in Scotland.”

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said:  “EventScotland is proud to be one of the supporting partners bringing the British Art Show to Glasgow this year. The calibre of artists involved and the buzz around the Scottish talents taking part and their work that will be on display is a testament to the reputation of the show.  Glasgow with its vibrant contemporary arts scene is a perfect stage to hold this event in Scotland and we hope it will attract many visitors from Glasgow and further afield.”

The British Art Show is organised by Hayward Touring Exhibitions, takes place every five years and tours to four different cities across the UK. British Art Show 7 has been curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton.

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