Made in Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980–2010
Thematic Gallery (6),
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
30 June 2011 - 09 October 2011
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the British Council
Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the British Council

From the late 1980s to the early years of the 21st century, Britain experienced dramatic changes in its social, political and cultural life that had a deep and transformative impact on the development of British art. Gifted with an acute sensitivity and empathy for social issues, contemporary artists created works that depicted the changing faces of British society in this shifting climate.

Co-organised by the British Council and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the third leg of the touring exhibition ‘Made in Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980–2010’ showcases works by 34 groups of British artists mainly produced in the period between 1990 and 2010. Centre stage is taken by the controversial “Young British Artists” group that includes Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing and Mark Wallinger. Noted for their shock tactics, the core of these emerging YBAs, many of them art school graduates, benefited from intense media coverage and marketing hype and quickly rose to stardom, achieving celebrity status and exerting an influence on British art that will be felt for decades to come. Also featuring works by Turner Prize winners such as Richard Wright and Wolfgang Tillmans as well as several nominees, the show that has been created encompasses an enormous diversity of styles and conceptions.

Presenting an amazing selection of some of the most iconic works of contemporary British art, the exhibition allows the viewer to read these powerful statements of art and gain an insight into British contemporary culture.

Please Note:
Photography and video recording are not permitted in the gallery. Use of mobile phone is only allowed in the barcode scanning area for the purpose of obtaining online exhibition information.

Artists and Artworks

(Artists entries provided by the British Council)

Tomma Abts
Haluk Akakçe
Phillip Allen
Keith Arnatt
Helen Chadwick
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Adam Chodzko
Mat Collishaw
Martin Creed
Angela de la Cruz
Peter Doig
Angus Fairhurst
Matt Franks
Gilbert and George
Douglas Gordon
Damien Hirst
Gary Hume
Michael Landy
Sarah Lucas
Kenny Macleod
Dan Norton
Julian Opie
Cornelia Parker
Jane Simpson
Clare Strand
Wolfgang Tillmans
Mark Titchner
Gavin Turk
Mark Wallinger
Gillian Wearing
Boyd Webb
Gary Webb
Wood and Harrison
Richard Wright

Other Exhibition Texts

Turner Prize: Most prestigious — yet also controversial
Young British Artists: The Legendary Group

Exhibit Highlights:

Intellectual Depression Intellectual Depression

Gilbert and George
242 × 202cm
© the Artists, courtesy of White Cube

Cock and Bull

Gary Webb
Wood, perspex, plastic, brass, copper and china
184 × 135 × 46cm
© the Artist, courtesy of The Approach, London

Cock and Bull

Other Past Exhibitions