About British Art Show 9 

British Art Show 9 is acknowledged as one of the most important recurrent touring exhibitions of contemporary art produced in this country and is unrivalled in its scope and national reach.

Over 35 contemporary artists will be exhibiting their work at the University of Wolverhampton School of Art and Wolverhampton Art gallery between January 22nd and April 10th 2022. The exhibition will include a vast range of contemporary artforms including sculpture, painting, installation, drawing, photography, film, video and performance. A number of unique artworks will also be created especially for Wolverhampton linked to the areas heritage and creative industries.

The overarching themes for BAS9 are:

Tactics for togetherness

Imagining new futures

Healing, care and reparative history.

Wolverhampton’s focus theme is:

How we live with and give voice to difference.

Find out more about BAS9 here

The Inspired by British Art Show 9 Arts Connect Learning Programme

The inspired by British Art Show 9 Arts Connect Learning Programme is a collaboration between the University of Wolverhampton, Arts Connect, local teachers, young people and artists who are working together to create dynamic contemporary arts programs in schools across the West Midlands. The BAS9 inspired learning programme has been developed to engage young people, inspire teachers and build upon an already vibrant arts community. There are currently over 2500 young people and 40 schools and colleges exploring BAS9 and contemporary art through the learning program.

Click below to find out about some of the activities taking place with young people, teachers and artists across the West Midlands. Contact Becky Thompson (Learning Programme Lead) to find out how you and your students can get involved.

Click here for the BAS9 website

Join the online BAS9 community with the Twitter account for Arts Connect – @ArtsConnectWM, Twitter account for the University of Wolverhampton School of Art – @wlv_soa, and Twitter account for Hayward Gallery Touring – @haywardgallerytouring

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Inspired by BAS9 Arts Connect Partner Schools

BAS9 Partner Schools

20 Schools and Colleges across the West Midlands are working with local contemporary artists to explore BAS9.

Find out more here

Inspired by BAS9 Arts Connect Arts Award

BAS9 and Arts Award

Teachers and young people are using BAS9 to inspire their Arts Award projects.

Find out more and download your FREE BAS9 inspired Arts award resources here

Young Creatives Amplified

Young Creatives Amplified

Have a look at some of the artistic responses to BAS9 created by local young creatives here

Inspired by BAS9: Arts Connects Lead Teachers

BAS9 Lead Teachers

Creative teachers from across the West Midlands are creating projects, activities and resources Inspired by BAS9.

Inspired by BAS9: In-School Projects

Inspired by BAS9: In-School Projects

West Midlands artists, teachers and young people are exploring contemporary art in the classroom.

Inspired by BAS9: Emerging Creatives

BAS9 Emerging Creatives

We are working with students, graduates and emerging artists across the West Midlands as part of the Inspired by BAS9 Learning Programme.

Mark Essen’s ‘School of the Underkraft’ Activity Briefs

Arts Connect have collaborated with British Art Show 9 artist Mark Essen and local artists Sophie Huckfield, Joanna Fursman, Thomas Eke, Mark Riley and Larissa Shaw to create contemporary art activity briefs to guide thinking and making sessions for young people in Mark Essen’s ‘School of the Underkraft’ interactive exhibition space. The activity briefs have been inspired by British Art Show 9, cover a wide range of activities for young people aged 4-25 years and can also be used in the class room to guide contemporary art activities. They are available as free downloads below.

Title image credit: Lawrence Lek
Geomancer [HD video still] 2017
HD video, stereo sound duration: 48 min 15 sec
© Lawrence Lek, courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Commissioned for the Jerwood / Film & Video Umbrella Awards, 2017

Spotlighted ‘Visions’ performance image credit: Matthew Cawrey, Digital Producer of Flexus Dance Collective