British Art Show 8 Opens in Leeds

29 September 2015

Organised every five years by the Hayward Gallery as part of the Hayward Touring programme, the British Art Show showcases the very best work of both emerging and established artists.

It is the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK calendar, attracting over 420,000 visitors in its tour to four cities in 2010 and 2011.  After Leeds the show will go on tour to a further three cities Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton. 

Staff, students and alumni of Leeds College of Art are involved in a number of supporting events and exhibitions for the British Art Show… 


Yorkshire based arts charity Axisweb produced a series of films spotlighting different aspects of the visual art scene in the city.  The organisation, which champions artists by enabling the development, sharing and showcasing of their ideas and talent, chose Leeds College of Art for the focus of their second film. 

View the film below:


Being There: BA (Hons) student photography exhibition 

October – January 2016 

Leeds Town Hall

Our BA (Hons) Photography students are exhibiting exceptional photographs at Leeds Town Hall to coincide with Unfold, the Leeds programme for the British Art Show 8. The students that have been selected to exhibit are Aimee Newmarch, Lucie Blissette, Becky Nallon, Lydia Meredith, Beth, Sonnenthal, Max Miechowski, Daniel Lansley, Naomi Blake Borough, Wez Rumens, Olivia Lowry, James Cray, Romany Perkins, Joe Cox, and Devon Handley.

The exhibition will be open from Friday 9 October until Tuesday 5 January at Leeds Town Hall on the Staircase Gallery exhibition space (which is the left hand staircase from Ground Floor to First Floor when entering the building from the side entrance on Calverley Street).


Tuesday Talk: Rachel Maclean

6-7pm – Tuesday 13 October

Leeds Art Gallery

Curatorial & Exhibitions Manager at Leeds College of Art, Dr Catriona McAra hosts a discussion with British Art Show artist Rachel Mclean.  

Earlier in the year Rachel spoke to our Extended Diploma in Art & Design students about her practice, you can view a snippet of talk below:

Alumni exhibit at the Bowery

19 September – 4 December

The Bowery

Alumni of Leeds College of Art are exhibiting their work in Beyond Repetition at the Bowery.  Fiona Grady (Foundation Diploma in Art & Design),  Alexandra Glew (BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design),  Alexandra Oddie (BA (Hons) Art & Design Interdisciplinary and Megan Needham  (BA (Hons) Fine Art) join Timid Elk and Emma Bennett for the exhibition showcasing emerging artists from around the country who either studied or developed their practice in Leeds.

The British Art Show 8 runs from 9 October until 10 January at Leeds Art Gallery.