Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 Artists Announced


New Contemporaries has announced this year’s selected artists with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The panel of guest selectors comprising Benedict Drew, Katy Moran (New Contemporaries alumnus 2006) and Keith Piper (New Contemporaries alumnus 1986) has chosen 57 artists for the annual open submission exhibition. The resulting exhibition will offer an insight into today’s creative practices, showcasing some of the most dynamic work being made by emerging artists.

Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 are: Agil Abdullayev, Kobby Adi, Ayo Akingbade, Annie-Marie Akussah, Chris Alton, Louis Bennett, Jack Burton, Christian Noelle Charles, Kara Chin, Faye Claridge, Jack Fawdry Tatham, Emma Fineman, Rhona Foster, Deme Georghiou, William Glass, Carrie Grainger, Madelynn Mae Green, Habib Hajallie, Camilla Hanney, Rebecca Harper, Sam Henty, Mimi Hope, Richard Ayodeji Ikhide, FC Izaac, Osian Jenaer, Patrick H Jones, Jessica Jordan-Wrench, Marianne Keating, Gareth Kemp, Yushi Li, Shao-Jie Lin, Heidi Maribut, Alexi Marshall, Jocelyn McGregor, Holly McLean, Paula Morison, Yuko Obe, Kamile Ofoeme, Panicattack Duo, Jack Pell, Ralph Pritchard, Anna Reading, Maïa Régis, Bella Riza, Francisco Rodriguez, Janet Sainsbury, Mohammed Sami, Antonia Showering, Shy Bairns, Wal Slzr, Tom Smith, Alcaeus Spyrou, George Stamenov, Viviana Troya, Rosa Johan Uddoh, Tom Waring and Yanghwa.

New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from the UK’s established and alternative art programmes

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 will launch from 14 July 2018 – 9 September 2018 as part of this year’s Liverpool Biennial, of which New Contemporaries has been an integral part since 1998. Hosted for the first time at Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University, the show will then travel to London in December 2018 where the South London Gallery will also open its doors to New Contemporaries for the first time since 1999.

Since 1949, throughout the exhibition’s history a wealth of established artists have participated in New Contemporaries exhibitions including post-war figures Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego; pop artists Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney; YBAs Damien Hirst and Gillian Wearing; alongside contemporary figures such as Tacita Dean, Mark Lecky, Mona Hatoum, Mike Nelson and Chris Ofili; whilst more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Rachel Maclean and Laure Prouvost have also taken part.

Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries says, “As access to arts education and the art world is constantly evolving, it is important that we find new ways to support emergent art practice. For this reason it has been crucial that our opportunities are offered to artists developing practice on alternative as well as formal learning programmes. For the first time New Contemporaries includes artists from non-degree awarding courses, with this year’s exhibition promising to be playful and thought-provoking, yet underpinned by theoretical and critical debate.”

Benedict Drew (b.1977) works across video, sculpture and music, creating large-scale installations. Recent solo exhibitions include The Trickle-Down Syndrome, Whitechapel Gallery, London, accompanied by a performance during Art Night 2017, and KAPUT, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (both 2017); The Saw Tooth Wave, 2016-17, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry and Heads May Roll, 2014, Matt’s Gallery, London. Recent group exhibitions include: Shonky, The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, Belfast, Dundee and Berry; Sump, 2017, Project/ Number, London; Into boundless space I leap, Kettles Yard, Cambridge and Stories in the Dark, The Beaney, Canterbury (both 2016). In 2016-17 Benedict Drew participated in British Art Show 8 that toured to Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton. Drew is also a lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art, London.

Katy Moran (b. 1975) works in painting and is a New Contemporaries alumnus from 2006.  Solo exhibitions have been held at Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London (2017 and 2015); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (both 2015). Recent group exhibitions include: Theories of Modern Art, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, 2016; Intimacy in Discourse: Reasonable and Unreasonable Sized Paintings, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City 2015; One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People. A selection by Jennifer Higgie from The Arts Council Collection (England), Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and The Atkinson, Southport Towner, Eastbourne, 2015 and Second Chances, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2015.

Keith Piper (b. 1960) is a multi-media artist and Associate Professor in Fine Art and Digital Media at Middlesex University London. Recent exhibitions include Jet Black Futures, 2017, Beaconsfield Gallery, London and Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, 2016-17, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Groups exhibitions include The Wilderness Way, 2017 MIMA Middlesbrough; The Place is Here, 2017, Nottingham Contemporary and South London Gallery; Thinking Black, 2016, Van Abbermuseum, Eindhoven and No Colour Bar, 2015-16, Guildhall Gallery, London. Keith Piper is a New Contemporaries alumnus from 1986.

New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from the UK’s established and alternative art programmes. Since 1949 it has consistently supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. Independent of place and democratic to the core, New Contemporaries is open to all. Participants are selected by a panel comprising influential artists and art figures, often including artists who themselves have previously been a part of New Contemporaries. This rigorous selection process considers the work within a broad cultural context.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported the New Contemporaries touring exhibition since 2000. This year’s participants will benefit from access to a number of professional development opportunities intended to make their practice more sustainable in the long term. These include one-to-one and peer mentoring delivered in partnership with Artquest a national network of studio bursaries and residencies; and the shaping of elements of the public programme. New Contemporaries is also involved in a number of partner projects such as STOP PLAY RECORD and The Syllabus that support the progress and development of individual artists and their practices over the long-term.

Image credit: Chris Alton, After the Revolution They Built an Art School Over the Golf Course, 2017.

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