From today the ICA will be presenting the ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’ – welcoming back the exhibition of fresh talent to its galleries for the fifth year running. Marking its 65th anniversary, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools; choosing the selection from over 1,400 submissions. The resulting exhibition is an incisive snapshot of contemporary practice, spanning diverse media, processes, themes, influences and approaches – from moving image and performance to more traditional approaches to making work such as printmaking, painting and sculpture.
As the leading UK organisation to support emergent art practice from British Art Schools since 1949, New Contemporaries consistently provides a critical platform for new and recent fine art graduates. Previous New Contemporaries include Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson as well as more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost.
Complementing this year’s annual national touring exhibition is a public programme of talks and live events that bring together differing viewpoints to discuss contemporary modes of production.
‘At a time when creativity and innovation has never been so vital, this year’s selected artists demonstrate the relevance of contemporary art as analytical commentary in everyday life. Offering a unique nationwide insight into British art schools today, this year’s national touring exhibition offers a significant opportunity for selected works to be seen on an international platform at Liverpool Biennial and ICA, London. We are grateful that through Bloomberg’s long-term commitment we have been able to introduce the art world to hundreds of emerging artists, giving them an invaluable opportunity to showcase their work and gain vital professional experience.’ Said Director Kirsty Ogg in a statement to the press.
Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 are: Lucy Beech, Dinah Berger, Louise Bradley, Jesc Bunyard, Matt Copson, Racheal Crowther, Yi Dai, Tajinder Dhami, Bee Flowers, Alice Gauthier, Marco Godoy, Victoria Grenier, Stacey Guthrie, Alice Hartley, Katie Hayward, Edward Hill, Yussef Hu, Matthew Humphreys, Henry Hussey, Marie Jacotey-Voyatzis, Lucy Joyce, Melissa Kime, Xiao-Yang Li, Inga Lineviciute, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Jonathan Meira, MKLK, Ebrel Moore, Emily Motto, Emely Neu, Laura O’Neill, Lydia Ourahmane, Athena Papadopoulos, Catherine Parsonage, Imran Perretta, Miroslav Pomichal, Charles Richardson, Simon Senn, Xin Shen, Will Sheridan Jr., Mustafa Sidki, David Cyrus Smith, Marilia Stagkouraki, Jane Stobart, Camille Summers-Valli, John Thole, Ian Tricker, Milou van der Maaden, Tess Vaughan, Adam Wallace, Deborah Westmancoat, Joseph Whitmore, Frances Williams, Ben Zawalich and Adam Zoltowski.