press release

Works by fifty artists and artists’ groups, selected from contemporary artists living and working in the UK, will appear in Bristol this summer for the Hayward Gallery’s sixth British Art Show. The British Art Show is a unique chance to view recent developments in British art, and to experience a visual arts festival on a city-wide scale. A range of Bristol’s museums, galleries and artist-run spaces – Arnolfini, Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery, R O O M, Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island and STATION (The Former Fireboat Station) – will be taking part.

British Art Show 6 will complete its tour in Bristol this summer, after opening at BALTIC in Gateshead in September 2005 and then travelling to Manchester and Nottingham.It has attracted huge audience numbers with more than 100,000 people visiting the exhibition during its run at BALTIC. The British Art Show 6 will arrive in Bristol with new artworks and special commissions specific to the city. The exhibition includes an ambitious range of work including: Adam Chodzko’s M-path project where visitors are invited to swap their shoes for a second-hand pair, the change of footwear influencing the visitor’s walk through the show – and their perception of it: Tonico Lemos Auad’s delicate sculptures made from carpet fluff; a new site-specific work by Claire Barclay created in response to the industrial surrounds of Bristol harbour; and a wealth of film and video work by, Daria Martin, Phil Collins, Saskia Olde Wolbers, and others.

Also accompanying the exhibition is a live art programme developed from work included in British Art Show 6. Doug Fishbone delivers a labyrinthine slide lecture through history, philosophy, politics and sexual mores. Birmingham-based duo juneau/projects/ stage a sonic performance involving four CD walkmans and a drill. Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska collaborate with Ben White and Eileen Simpson to perform a live soundtrack to their new film, compiled from material released from the South West Film and Television Archive in Plymouth, whose copyright term has expired.

A selection of artists from the exhibition are also developing new commissions in Bristol, responding to its built environment, artifacts and history. Hew Locke transforms images of statues around the city into relics of its history. Toby Paterson extends his paintings to create three-dimensional interventions in the architecture of city buildings. Mark Titchner works with young people from the Bristol’s Education Unlimited initiative to develop a public billboard. Chris Evans, Lucy Skaer, and Heather and Ivan Morison will also create commissions.

The artwork in British Art Show 6 reflects the diversity and internationalism of current British practice, with 50% of the artists born outside of the UK and over half of the selected artists are women. In developing the shortlist for the British Art Show 6, curators Andrea Schlieker and Alex Farquharson travelled extensively throughout the UK and considered the work of over 500 artists. They said: ‘It is a particularly exciting moment for us to assemble this exhibition, as the art scene in Britain is now broader in outlook, more vibrant and internationally oriented than at any other time in the British Art Show’s 26-year history.

Spike Island's hosting of part of the British Art Show will take place at the A Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Cumberland Basin in Bristol. This is the same location at which Arnolfini are presenting Beck's Futures. For directions see the 'visiting' page in the 'information' section.


A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition
Presented in association with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and galleries across the cities of Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol
Kuratoren: Alex Farquharson, Andrea Schlieker
Organisation: Emma Mahony, Clare Hennessy, Alice Lobb

mit Tomma Abts, Haluk Akakce, Phillip Allen, Tonico Lemos Auad, Claire Barclay, Anna Barriball, Breda Beban, Zarina Bhimji, Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings, Public Works , Ergin Cavusoglu, Gordon Cheung, Adam Chodzko, Marcus Coates, Nathan Coley, Phil Collins, Enrico David, Chris Evans, Doug Fishbone, Siobhan Hapaska, Roger Hiorns, Matthew Houlding, Richard Hughes, Marine Hugonnier, Gareth Jones, juneau/projects/, Kerstin Kartscher, Janice Kerbel, Mark Leckey, Hew Locke, Andrew Mcdonald, Christina Mackie, Goshka Macuga, Daria Martin, Heather & Ivan Morison, Rosalind Nashashibi, Nils Norman, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Silke Otto-Knapp, Toby Paterson, Paul Rooney, Eva Rothschild, Zineb Sedira, Lucy Skaer, Alia Syed, David Thorpe, Mark Titchner, Rebecca Warren, Gary Webb, Carey Young


24.09.05 - 08.01.06 GATESHEAD: BALTIC Gateshead

28.01.06 - 02.04.06 MANCHESTER: Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Cornerhouse Manchester; The International 3, Manchester; Manchester Art Gallery; Urbis, Manchester; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; The Lowry, Manchester

22.04.06 - 25.06.06 NOTTINGHAM: Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham; Nottingham Castle; The Yard Gallery, Nottingham

15.07.06 - 17.09.06 BRISTOL: Arnolfini, Bristol; Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery; Spike Island, Bristol; ROOM, Bristol; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Station, Bristol; Watershed Media Centre, Bristol