This year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition will feature work by 57 artists chosen by a panel of guest selectors comprised of artists Benedict Drew, Katy Moran and Keith Piper.
The annual open submission exhibition will take place from 14 July 2018 – 9 September 2018 as part of this year’s Liverpool Biennial, with the show then moving to the South London Gallery in December – the first time the gallery has hosted the exhibition since 1999.
Since 1949 the New Contemporaries exhibition has showcased work by new and recent graduates from UK art schools. Last year it was announced that for 2018 it would begin accepting submissions from non-degree awarding art education programmes.
Announcing this year’s artists, New Contemporaries director Kirsty Ogg said: “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.”
New Contemporaries has acted as an important platform for many new artists. Featured artists who have gone on to become leading figures in contemporary art include Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Gillian Wearing, Chris Ofili and Mark Leckey.
The full list of 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.
For more information on the exhibiting artists visit
1. Chris Alton, After the Revolution They Built an Art School Over the Golf Course, 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Bloomberg New Contemporaries
2. Heidi Maribut, IMPORT IN(CHOIR)Y, 2017. Courtesy: the artist and Bloomberg New Contemporaries
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