28th August 2019
New Contemporaries turns 70

This autumn New contemporaries will celebrate its 70th anniversary, honouring a commitment to new and diverse forms of practice at the forefront of contemporary art with a series of public programmes, newly commissioned work and creative collaborations.

Since 1949 New Contemporaries (formerly Young Contemporaries) has held a vital role in the flourishing field of contemporary art in the UK, showcasing a cross-section of the most important artists of recent history, including post-war figures Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego; pop artists Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney; new media innovators Helen Chadwick and Derek Jarman and YBAs Damien Hirst and Gillian Wearing. More recently contemporary figures such as Tacita Dean, Mark Leckey, Mona Hatoum, Mike Nelson and Chris Ofili have been presented alongside a newer generation of exceptional artists including Ed Atkins, Monster Chetwynd, Rachel Maclean and Laure Prouvost.

The 70th anniversary programme comprises a new digital commission by alumni Mark Leckey; a two-day seminar in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art evaluating the legacy, impact and future of contemporary art practice; and New Writing, an innovative two-phase programme for artists working with writing offering mentoring and public presentations of their work within the New Contemporaries 2019 exhibition. New Writing will launch in Leeds Art Gallery (14 September to 17 November 2019) before travelling to South London Gallery (6 December 2019 – 23 February 2020).

For further information, please visit newcontemporaries.org.uk

Image Credit: I Thought I Would Sit Here and Look Out Over the Fjord for the Last Time (2018) by Samuel Fordham, one of the artists selected for the 2019 New Contemporaries exhibition. Courtesy the artist and New Contemporaries.