Participating artist Steven Claydon’s The components of Hubris (2006)
The British Art Show, which is staged every 5 years, is to be curated this year by Tom Morton and Lisa Lefeuvre and organised by the Hayward Gallery. Marking the seventh edition of the exhibition, the show will be subtitled 'In the days of the comet' and will open in Nottingham in October, after which it will travel to the Hayward Gallery, London, Glasgow and Plymouth.
In Nottingham the show will open over three venues: Nottingham Contemporary, the New Art Exchange, and Nottingham Castle Museum. Following its appearance at the Hayward Gallery in London, it will then travel to Glasgow (the CCA and Tramway Gallery) and then to Plymouth, where it will be spread over Plymouth Arts Centre, The Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery and Peninsula Arts. The work on show will include sculpture, painting, installation, photography, film, drawing, video and performance.
This year's 39 selected artists have been chosen on the grounds of their "significant contribution to contemporary art in the last five years". They include: Charles Avery, Karla Black, Becky Beasley, Juliette Blightman, Duncan Campbell, Varda Caivano, Spartacus Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, Cullinan Richards, Matthew Darbyshire, Milena Dragicevic, Luke Fowler, Michael Fullerton, Alasdair Gray, Brian Griffiths, Roger Hiorns, Ian Kiaer, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Sarah Lucas, Christian Marclay, Simon Martin, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza, David Noonan, The Otolith Group, Mick Peter, Gail Pickering, Olivia Plender, Elizabeth Price, Karin Ruggaber, Edgar Schmitz, Maaike Schoorel, George Shaw, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sue Tompkins, Phoebe Unwin, Tris Vonna-Michell, Emily Wardill, Keith Wilson.
Tom Morton and Lisa Lefeuvre said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Hayward Touring and the participating venues to curate The British Art Show 7. Building on the excellent work of British Art Show 6 curators Alex Farquharson and Andrea Schlieker, we hope to explore and expand the possibilities of what a large scale ‘time and place’ exhibition might be, at a moment when urgent new voices in British art are making themselves heard.” And of their title, "Our subtitle is taken from HG Wells' 1906 science fiction novel In the Days of the Comet.
"We are interested in the recurrent nature of the comet as a symbol of how each version of the present collides with the past and the future and the work of the artists in British Art Show 7, in many different ways, contest assumptions of how 'the now' might be understood."
Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, said that “the curatorial premise of the British Art Show 7 allows visitors the chance to discover younger artists, and also re-evaluate and reconnect with artists whose work they thought they were familiar with, but whose new developments hold many surprises."
The British Art Show 7 will open at Nottingham Contemporary on 23 October, before moving to the Hayward Gallery, in London, on 14 February 2011.
It will be at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art between May and August 2011, and at Plymouth Arts Centre from September until December.