The British Art Show is widely recognised as a significant marker of recent developments in contemporary art, unrivalled in its scope and national reach. The exhibition introduces a wide public to a new generation of British artists, providing a vital overview of the most exciting art produced in this country during the previous five years.
BAS8 will take over all the galleries within Leeds Art Gallery, meaning that the Gallery needs to be stripped back to accommodate these new and exciting works.
As the leading city opening BAS8, Leeds has a pivotal role in developing the exhibition and showcasing a unique public programme tailored specifically for Leeds. BAS acts as a catalyst for a wide range of additional cultural events and a stimulus for increased artistic activity. This year will be no different, with a city-wide programme of visual arts running alongside BAS8.
After opening in Leeds BAS8 will then tour to Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton during 2016.