9 October 2015 – 10 January 2016 The 36 years between the first British Art Show and the eighth are bookended by Margaret Thatcher’s introduction of neoliberalism to the UK and London’s current status as a rich person's playground, one increasingly unaffordable for young artists. Notably, the current edition of this five-yearly survey, which tours to three further venues across the country and runs until January 2017, features contributors based in Kent, Suffolk, Norfolk, Birmingham and Canaerfon, making the ‘British’ part of its title uncommonly appropriate. It also includes several UK-born artists who’ve moved abroad. These, in turn, are offset by 17 of the 42 artists hailing from outside the UK, and one, Ahmet Öğüt, being Turkish-born and living between Istanbul, Amsterdam and Berlin.
First published in Issue 176