British Art Show 7 fills three Nottingham venues with best of new contemporary art

By Mark Sheerin | 28 October 2010
Photo of a gallery filled with contemporary artworks including a circular mirror on wheels
British Art Show 7: A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre. Venues and dates: www.britishartshow.co.uk© Alexander Newton
Exhibition: British Art Show 7 - In the Days of the Comet, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, until January 9 2011

Like a comet on a very short trajectory, the British Art Show comes around every five years. Its laudable aim is to bring the nation’s best contemporary art to the regions.

This year organisers have decided the tour is too good not to visit London. So for the first time in two decades it will call in on the capital, after Nottingham.

It would be nice to think Plymouth and Glasgow might have got to see this work before it has its run in the metropolis, but sadly not.

Curators Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton have selected 40 artists to represent the here and now of British art. And the comet theme is further reflected in a couple of comebacks for Wolfgang Tillmans and Sarah Lucas, who were both in BAS5.

Also included is Alasdair Gray, the 75-year old Glaswegian author of time travel novel Lanark. His work at BAS7 is a 2009 painting of a drawing he made in 1972.

Whether the comet augurs well or foretells of doom remains to be seen. Let us just hope that cuts notwithstanding, it will be back just as strongly in 2015.

Admission free, including Nottingham Castle with stamps in exhibition leaflet from the other two venues. Castle open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday. Nottingham Contemporary open 10am-7pm Tuesday-Friday (until 6pm Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday). New Art Exchange open 10am-7pm Monday to Friday (Saturday until 5pm). See the British Art Show website for further details.

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