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British Art Show 6 – Manchester

Liverpool features strongly in the UK’s most ambitious survey of contemporary visual art

28 January – 2 April 2006 at venues across Manchester.
Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Works by fifty artists and artists’ groups, selected from contemporary artists living and working in the UK, will appear in Manchester in January for the Hayward Gallery’s sixth British Art Show. Including work by Liverpool-born and Liverpool John Moores University alumni artists, the British Art Show is a unique chance to view recent developments in British art, with every major art gallery in Manchester – Castlefield Gallery, Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, The International 3, Manchester Art Gallery, Urbis and The Whitworth Art Gallery – taking part.

Fresh from its success at BALTIC in Gateshead – where it was seen by over 42,000 visitors in its first month – the British Art Show moves to Manchester on 28 January 2006. The connection to Liverpool is strong, enhancing the city’s reputation as Capital of Culture 2008. Mark Leckey was born in Birkenhead and shows Made in ‘Eaven (2004) at the Chinese Arts Centre, while fellow Liverpudlian, Paul Rooney continues to live in Liverpool and exhibits Lights Go On: The Song of the Nightclub Cloakroom Attendant (2001) at The Whitworth. Andrew MacDonald studied at the then Liverpool Polytechnic, and displays John’s Country (2003) at Cornerhouse, while Marcus Coates has been a regular visitor to Liverpool, having exhibited as part of the Further up in the Air show in Liverpool in 2004 and whose work in the British Art Show is set inside a Liverpool towerblock.