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Intro to BAS 9 Wolverhampton

The British Art Show is a landmark touring exhibition that celebrates recent art made in Britain. Organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring, next year the exhibition brings the work of contemporary artists to four cities across the UK, Aberdeen, Manchester, Plymouth and Wolverhampton.

Introduction to ‘Offsite 9’ local programme

Offsite 9 commissions support activities that increase opportunities for people to experience great creative and cultural experiences in Wolverhampton. Creative Black Country has been awarded Arts Council funding to support the development of a local programme supporting artists to create work that will add value and compliment the main BAS 9 show in Wolverhampton. Creative Black Country is working with a creative team to develop the programme over the next year; Asylum Art Gallery, Flexus Dance, DASH, Bobby Tiwana, Fused, Nelson Douglas and Eagle Works. There will be 9 themed commissions, these can be created by collectives, individuals or organisations. In addition to a publication, podcast and four commission opportunities to create and showcase work, the partners within the creative team are also delivering their own commissions for the program.

Asylum Artist Quarter is proud to be apart of the creative team working to develop & deliver ‘OFFSITE 9’

We have been involved in the development, curation & selection process, alongside the other creative organisations and artists supporting this local program of innovative interventions around the city centre. Our project commission is entitled ‘If we had this [SPACE]’, an interactive art trail which you can experience by downloading the OVERHEAR app on your mobile or tablet. We are also helping to support the realisation of four female photographic explorations of the city under the project ‘SINGLEPOINT/Counterpoint’ and are proud to be hosting 9 sites for artists to respond to including Daniella Turbins’ ‘SO9198’, which will provide visitors with a series of public walks. Alongside this we have programmed a series of group and solo shows that showcase some of the exceptional local talent here in the midlands. Our program will be across The Quarter & The Asylum Art Gallery and directly responds to the themes BAS9 brings to our city and the questions it raises.

22nd January - 10th April 2022 - Our Creative program;

[Asylum Artist Quarter is delivering | IF WE HAD THIS  S  P  A  C  E |

BAS9 states that “The artists in BAS9 propose, contribute to and test alternative economies and ways of living together, that emphasise care, commonality, collaboration and non-hierarchical ways of organising activity. British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures"

Asylum Artist Quarter has commissioned 9  sound works in the form of music, soundscapes, spoken word, speeches to respond to 9 chosen sites in Wolverhampton City Centre that were once used as spaces that;

  • emphasised care, commonality, collaboration, healing, togetherness and Non-Hierarchical ways of organising activity.

These spaces now sit as derelict unused sites, empty but restricted to the public to revitalise through grassroots initiatives. These sound pieces are geotagged to the location and an engagement board is collecting responses of how we would like to reclaim these lost spaces if we were only given the opportunity to organise our own activities in public space. This can be accessed as a digital art trail for the duration of the BAS9 Tour. Each of the sound pieces responds to the site and offers the public ways to engage with new ways of imagining what could be IF WE HAD THIS SPACE ]

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January 22nd – 10th April

Collect the 9 sound pieces of spoken word & music around Wolverhampton city centre. Experience a pilgrimage of forgotten spaces, ghosts of lost places and help us shape a new city by telling us what you would do …. If you just had that space!  9 creatives have been commissioned to respond to 9 locations around the city that once stood as pillars of our community, spaces of healing, of community spirit. They now stand derelict. Use the digital map on the Overhear app to follow the trail and collect, bring to life their history again!  Each site also allows for visitors to write their thoughts on how they would use the space if they had access to it.

Artists include; BONES , Neonethewonderer, Ni Singh LIM, The Calamity, Rebecca Mayhay, Sian Macfarlane, Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger, Nathaniel Grant



Use the QR code to download the [ app ]

or READ the pieces HERE

Lost locations:

Epic café | KFC | Beattie’s | Wildbytes | Darlington street church | The Whitehart pub | Chapel Ash Underpass | The Eye Hospital | Wulfruna’s Well

The rest of our [ Creative Program | Jan - April 2022 ]

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