British Art Show 7 Opens in Glasgow

British Art Show 7 - Nathaniel Mellors, 'Alternative'

• New works for British Art Show 7 unveiled in CCA, GoMA and Tramway

• Pieces by two of the 2011 Turner Prize nominees featured in the show

• Programme of curated events and tours announced.

BRITISH ART SHOW 7: In the Days of the Comet opened in Glasgow today 27 May 2011. Spread across three of the city’s leading galleries, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and Tramway, the exhibition marks the first occasion that the venues have come together for the staging of a single show. British Art Show is the most influential survey of British art and is staged by Hayward Touring every 5 years. This is the first time the show has returned to Glasgow since 1990 when the city was European City of Culture.

In the intervening 21 years Glasgow has become one of the leading centres of contemporary art in Europe with a growing community of award-winning artists, gallerists and curators living and working in the city. The calibre of work produced in Glasgow is reflected in the inclusion of no fewer than 8 of the city’s artists among the 39 artists and artist groups featured in British Art Show 7 all of whom were selected by curators Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton for the significant contribution made to international art over the last five years.

Since British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet opened (in Nottingham in the autumn of 2010) two of the featured artists have been nominated for the 2011 Turner Prize: Glasgow’s Karla Black (who will also represent Scotland at the 2011 Venice Art Biennale) and Coventry-born George Shaw.

Two of Karla Black’s sculptures can be seen in the main space at Tramway alongside large-scale installation works by Spartacus Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, Matthew Darbyshire, Mick Peter and Keith Wilson. Sarah Lucas’s NUDS are installed in the smaller Gallery 5 and among the video work showcased are Duncan Campbell’s Bernadette and Luke Fowler’s Composition for Flutter Screen which is new for British Art Show 7 in Glasgow.

Three paintings by George Shaw are hung in the main gallery of GoMA along with works by Alasdair Gray.  A massive installation by Scottish artist, Charles Avery sits in the centre of the gallery and Avery shows a large-scale drawing new for the British Art Show 7 in Glasgow. Also in the main space at GoMA are Brian Griffith’s large canvas bear’s head and body, seen together for the first time at British Art Show 7.

Among the works on show at CCA are the UK Premiere of The Otolith Group’s Hydra Decapita, new for the Glasgow showing of the British Art Show 7, Nathanial Mellors’ animatronic head and Christian Marclay’s astonishing montage of film clips, The Clock. CCA will host a 24-hour screening of Marclay’s piece on 18/19 June.

The exhibition, which opened in Nottingham last year and has recently been seen in London, evolves as it tours revealing new works and juxtapositions thus creating a unique show for each of the four host cities.

British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet will be on show at CCA, GoMA and Tramway from 27 May – 21 August 2011. For further information visit

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