BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

August 17, 2005

24 September 2005 - 8 January 2006

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Preview: 23 September 2005, 14.00-21.00

Curated by Alex Farquharson and Andrea Schlieker.

Haluk Akakce, Birth of Art (2003), video still. Courtesy The Approach,
London. © The artist 2005.

Occurring every five years, the British Art Show is the most ambitious survey of new and recent developments in art from the UK. Organised by Hayward Gallery Touring, British Art Show 6, opens in BALTIC Gateshead, and travels to Manchester, Nottingham and British, occupying venues across each city. Curated by Alex Farquharson and Andrea Schlieker, the exhibition includes sculpture, painting, film, performance and public projects by 50 artists and artists groups.
British Art Show 6 highlights a number of current tendencies: artists who freely mix influences from the 19th and 20th century avant-gardes; film-makers engaging with geo-political issues from personal perspectives; and artists who collaborate with communities and organisations beyond the art institution. References to architecture, the urban environment, landscape and ecology are equally prevalent.
British Art Show 6 goes beyond the conventions of touring exhibitions. It features off-site works, a performance programme, and works that respond to the venues, cities and audiences the exhibition travels to. Where relevant, some artists are represented by different works in different cities.
British Art Show 6 comes at a time when the art scene in the UK is exponentially larger, more vibrant, more diverse and more internationally orientated than at any other time in the British Art Shows 25 year history.
Participating artists: Tomma Abts, Haluk Akakçe, Phillip Allen, Tonico Lemos Auad, Claire Barclay, Anna Barriball, Breda Beban, Zarina Bhimji, Ergin Çavusoglu, Gordon Cheung, Marcus Coates, Adam Chodzko, Nathan Coley – Phil Collins – Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska, Enrico David, Chris Evans, Doug Fishbone, Siobhán Hapaska, Roger Hiorns, Matthew Houlding, Richard Hughes, Marine Hugonnier, Gareth Jones, juneau/projects/, Kerstin Kartscher, Janice Kerbel, Mark Leckey, Hew Locke, Christina Mackie, Goshka Macuga, Daria Martin, Andrew McDonald, Heather and Ivan Morison, Rosalind Nashashibi, Nils Norman, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Silke Otto-Knapp, Toby Paterson, public works, Paul Rooney, Eva Rothschild, Zineb Sedira, Lucy Skaer, Alia Syed, David Thorpe, Mark Titchner, Rebecca Warren, Gary Webb and Carey Young.

Tour dates:
Manchester venues: 28th January – April 2 2006
Nottingham venues: 22 April 25 June 2006
Bristol venues: 15 July 17 September 2006

For more information contact

Press should contact Nina Byrne at BALTIC on 44 (0)191 440 4915 or email

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA, United Kingdom.
T: 44 (0)191 478 1810

Organised by Hayward Gallery. Presented in association with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and galleries across the cities of Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
August 17, 2005

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