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The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

British Art Show 8 | Southampton

Published: 19 September 2016
Installation Leeds Art Gallery 2015
Benedict Drew, Sequencer, 2015.

The touring British Art Show 8 will be visiting Southampton this year, 9 October 2016 – 15 January 2017, and hosted by, amongst other places, the university's John Hansard Gallery.

Organised by Hayward Touring every five years, the British Art Show is a national exhibition that provides a vital overview of the most significant contemporary art produced in the UK. The result is a wide-ranging exhibition that encompasses sculpture, film, video-installation, photography, painting, performance and design.

Selected by curators Anna Colin and Lydia Yee, British Art Show 8 features the work of 42 artists who have made a significant contribution to art in the UK over the past five years – 26 of the artists are producing new work 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 the virtual. In response to this condition, artists have developed new ways of thinking about, 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.

After visiting Leeds, Edinburgh and Norwich, British Art Show 8 is presented in Southampton across 3 venues: John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Bargate Monument.

All venues are open Monday – Sunday 10am-5pm. For full information on the exhibition, events and activity please visit

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