British Art Show 6 will showcase recent work by around 50 artists living and working in Britain today. The exhibition celebrates the inventiveness, vitality and diversity of British art and is presented every five years in different UK cities across the UK.

The 2005 selection has been made by curators Andrea Schlieker and Alex Farquharson and will feature a wide range of art forms including painting, sculpture, film, video, installation, photography and Live Art, illustrating the breadth and excellence of current British art-making.

The selection concentrates on artists who have made a significant contribution to British art over the past five years. The exhibition has historically been an important marker of new developments in contemporary art. Many of the artists selected for previous exhibitions at early stages in their careers, including Martin Creed, Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley, have gone on to establish reputations internationally.

The British Art Show 6 is organised by the Hayward Gallery as part of its Hayward Gallery Touring programme. The tour will begin at Baltic, Gateshead and will continue to Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol.