What's On



BAS9 blog

What's On



BAS9 blog

British Art
Show 9
Sin Wai Kin, A Dream of Wholeness in Parts (still), 2021
British Art
Show 9

The Box | MIRROR | KARST | Levinsky Gallery

Plymouth: 8 October - 23  December 2022

The Box | KARST | MIRROR | The Levinsky Gallery

Plymouth: 8 October - 23  December 2022

Tai Shani, Neon Hieroglyph, 2020

The British Art Show is a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates the vitality of recent art made in Britain and arrives in Plymouth from 8 October to 23 December 2022.

Organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring the exhibition brings the work of artists defining new directions in contemporary art to four cities across the UK.

The selected artists will present their work across four different venues: The Box, KARST, The Levinsky Gallery at the University of Plymouth and MIRROR at the Arts University Plymouth. 


The Box

Tavistock Place
Tue – Sun: 10am – 5pm


22 George Place
Wed – Sat: 11am – 5pm


Arts University Plymouth, Tavistock Place
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat: 9am – 2pm

The Levinsky Gallery

University of Plymouth, Drake Circus
Tue – Fri: 10am – 5pm.
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 5pm

Tap-in at BAS9 venues

Tap-In Plymouth is a super simple QR code-based way for local people to show their support for all kinds of entertainment, arts, creativity and culture opportunities and options right across the city.

Twelve key partners, many who are involved with British Art Show 9, are part of the initial pilot which will run from October until December this year.

All people need to do is quickly register by scanning one of the hundreds of QR codes found online, or in multiple poster sites around the city and tap-in a very small amount of info about themselves.


The artists

The Box

Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Than Hussain Clark, Beatrice Gibson, Anne Hardy, Celia Hempton, Andy Holden, Marguerite Humeau, Elaine Mitchener, Oscar Murillo, Florence Peake, Heather Phillipson, Joanna Piotrowska, Abigail Reynolds, Margaret Salmon, Tai Shani, Caroline Walker, Alberta Whittle.


James Bridle, Helen Cammock, Mandy El-Sayegh, Ghislaine Leung, Hardeep Pandhal.


Oliver Beer.

The Levinsky Gallery

Maeve Brennan, Cooking Sections, Sean Edwards, GAIKA, Grace Ndiritu, Uriel Orlow, Abigail Reynolds, Katie Schwab.

Plus, Film Programme at The Box – James Bridle, Patrick Goddard, Lawrence Lek, Uriel Orlow, Hetain Patel, Sin Wai Kin, Rehana Zaman. Performance – Hanna Tuulikki, Florence Peake. OnlineOnline Works – British Art Show 9

Oliver Beer

Household Gods (2019)

Presented at MIRROR, Arts University Plymouth, is a sound and sculptural installation consisting of vessels selected by the artist for their specific musical resonances. The objects are equipped with internal microphones that capture their internal ambient noise to create a symphony that resonates throughout the gallery.

Cooking Sections

CLIMAVORE: Marsh Orchards / Mining Meadows (2022)

A project that seeks to develop a long-term vision and plan to transform the riparian zone of Plymouth back into a thriving ecosystem that grows food while cultivating habitats.

Celia Hempton

Chat Random

Hempton’s Chat Random paintings are a series of portraits painted ‘live’ whilst using the website chatrandom.com, a social networking platform facilitating video chat randomly with other users of the site.

Elaine Mitchener

Mitchener’s installation memorialises some of the 2,000 enslaved African people owned by an 18th-century sugar planter. He inventoried these people along with other possessions such as furniture and livestock, replacing their birth names with English names.

Oliver Beer Household Gods

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People

Alberta Whittle, Kithship Transmissions (silver)

Beatrice Gibson, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead

Marguerite Humeau

Venus of Frasassi

Humeau’s Venus of Frasassi, A 10-year-old female human has ingested a rabbit’s brain (2018) is part of a series of sculptural works often titled after prehistoric Venus figures. The work is based on archaeologist Bethe Hagens’ theory linking the figures by their formal similarity to animal brains.

Ghislaine Leung

VIOLETS 2 (2018)

Leung’s playful interventions often take a critical look at art galleries. In the case of VIOLETS 2 (2018) she uses deceptively minimal means and readymade objects to highlight what is often unnoticed in institutions.

Beatrice Gibson

Gibson’s Alkestis (2022)

An immersive video installation ruminating from a tragic-comic perspective on death and the end of history. Featuring the artist and her young family, the piece charts their relocation from post Brexit Britain to the Mediterranean in a time of political, social and economic chaos.

Hanna Tuulikki

Seals’kin (2022)

A performance of Tuulikki’s Seals’kin (2022), a sonic and choreographic meditation on loss, longing, transformation and kinship exploring myths of human-seal hybridity and folkloric musical practices.

Joanna Piotrowska, Animal Enrichment (still), 2019

British Art Show 9 was developed at a precarious moment in Britain’s history that has brought politics of identity and nation, concerns of social, racial and environmental justice, and questions of agency to the centre of public consciousness. The artists presented in the exhibition respond in critical ways to this complex context; imagining more hopeful futures and exploring new modes of resistance.

In Plymouth, the exhibition will be centred on the migration of bodies, peoples, plants, objects, ideas and forms; taking inspiration from and referencing the role it has played in Britain’s colonial past, as well as the encounters between British and other cultures that have and continue to enrich our society.


Hurvin Anderson
Michael Armitage
Oliver Beer
Maeve Brennan
James Bridle
Helen Cammock
Than Hussein Clark
Cooking Sections
Mandy El-Sayegh

Sean Edwards
Beatrice Gibson
Patrick Goddard
Anne Hardy
Celia Hempton
Andy Holden
Marguerite Humeau
Ghislaine Leung

Elaine Mitchener
Oscar Murillo
Grace Ndiritu
Uriel Orlow
Hardeep Pandhal
Hetain Patel
Florence Peake
Heather Phillipson
Joanna Piotrowska

Abigail Reynolds
Margaret Salmon
Katie Schwab
Tai Shani
Hanna Tuulikki
Caroline Walker
Alberta Whittle
Rehana Zaman
Sin Wai Kin
Lawrence Lek

Follow the dragon

Follow the Dragon by Gabi Marcellus-Temple and Louise Rabey

Follow the Dragons is a game based around British Art Show 9 in Plymouth and it’s coming soon! Meanwhile, enjoy the dragons’ adventures when they saw the show in Manchester.

Follow the Dragons is an interactive project by British Art Show 9 Plymouth ambassadors Gabi Marcellus-Temple and Louise Rabey.


No data was found

Could you help Made in Plymouth?

Do you want to shout about the brilliant things you see in Plymouth?

Made in Plymouth wants you to share your stories.

We’re looking for paid Freelance Writers and Content Creators to contribute ideas and content to our platforms!