Your chance to be involved in the British Art Show


The prestigious British Art Show, held every five years and the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, will come to Aberdeen for the first time this summer. The 9th edition of the exhibition will go on show at Aberdeen Art Gallery from 10 July - 10 October 2021 and then tour to Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. 

Aberdeen Art Gallery in partnership with Aberdeen City Libraries and the University of Aberdeen are looking for readers to take part in an artwork by British Art Show 9 artist, Abigail Reynolds

The artwork titled ‘Elliptical Readings’, will be made by a group of people meeting in Aberdeen Central Library to read from a favourite book for an hour. These ‘Elliptical Readings’ will take place at scheduled times from June to September. The favourite book you choose to read will be re-bound by the artist with your hand printed on the cover. Your book will be shelved in the place you would choose for it in the library for the duration of BAS9, after which your book will be a gift to you from the artist. 

We are looking for a diverse range of texts and readers. If you would like to be part of the ‘Elliptical Readings’ please join our online readers’ workshop on Wednesday 21 April. This is a chance to hear more about the artwork and explore your reading loves with other readers. There is a choice of workshop times on 21 April, either 12.30pm or 5.30pm.  

If you’d like to join the workshop and potentially be part of this artwork for British Art Show 9, please email saying which session you would prefer to attend and we’ll send a link to the online meeting. As well as workshopping favourite books this is an opportunity to find out more about the project. 


Abigail Reynold’s work can be viewed at:

British Art Show 9 website



British Art Show 9 is organised by Hayward Gallery Touring in partnership with the host cities, Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. In Aberdeen the exhibition is supported by Aberdeen City Council, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.