Contemporary art festival could provide multi-million pound boost for Norwich

PUBLISHED: 10:37 05 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:37 05 April 2014

The City of Norwich viewed from the River Wensum. The NUA building at St George's Bridge. Picture: Denise Bradley

The City of Norwich viewed from the River Wensum. The NUA building at St George's Bridge. Picture: Denise Bradley


A huge festival of contemporary art is coming to Norwich, bringing a potential multi-million pound boost to the city.

The eighth edition of the British Art Show will visit in summer 2016, after London’s Hayward Gallery teamed up with Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

Art will go on show in key venues around Norwich, introducing the public to a new generation of British artists.

Venues for the show will include NUA campus buildings on St Georges Street and St Andrews Street, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

The touring festival, launched in 1979 and held once every five years, will also visit Leeds, Edinburgh and Southampton in 2016. When the show visited Glasgow in 2011, the region enjoyed an estimated boost of almost £5m from visitors.

More than 420,000 people visited the show in its last four host cities, and organisers hope it will bring a similar boost to Norfolk.

Neil Powell, pro vice-chancellor of student experience at NUA, said: “The arrival of the eighth British Art Show in Norwich is a momentous achievement for not only Norwich University of the Arts, but also for the city and the region.

“This is the first time that the British Art Show has visited the east of England and the economic and cultural benefits of hosting a truly world-class exhibition are highly significant.

“NUA is privileged to be the lead partner for Hayward Touring in bringing this project to fruition, and our hosting of this event represents a fantastic opportunity for creative students at the University to gain a unique insight into hosting a major national exhibition of contemporary art.”

The show’s curators will be Anna Colin, associate curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayete in Paris, and Lydia Lee, curator at Barbican Art Gallery and previously senior curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York

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