7th July 2020
New Contemporaries continues to find new ways to support emerging practice

New Contemporaries launches a specially created digital platform this September to showcase the work of 36 emerging artists.

New Contemporaries is launching a specially created digital platform for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 this September, showcasing the work of 36 artists emerging from UK art schools and alternative education programmes. The digital platform, which is being developed with Hato Press, will allow the public to engage with some of the UK’s most dynamic art practices. Complementing its existing work to support artists, 2020 sees New Contemporaries create new opportunities that are essential for the continued professional development of emerging and early career artists delivered in collaboration with its partners Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and South London Gallery.

Mindful that the current Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected artists, New Contemporaries has developed additional and exciting initiatives to support this year’s cohort as well as its alumni. It will launch the Bridget Riley Artists Professional Development Programme, providing opportunities for peer-to-peer networking sessions, mentoring, professional development talks, public programming and performances. This programme sits alongside increased digital opportunities and a programme of studio bursaries and fellowships.

The rigorous two-part selection process is led by a panel of three internationally-renowned artists (this year Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder) who have no knowledge of the applicant’s gender, age, nationality or education while reviewing submissions. Hinted at in the selected works are the concerns and themes of the selector’s own work – from Linder’s investigation of performativity and radical feminism; Hamilton’s interest in appropriation and the surreal; and da Cunha’s focus on materiality and abstract forms.

The artists selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 are: Sangbum Ahn, Ned Armstrong, Paul Barlow, Alexandre Canonico, Chen Si-zuo, Nicole Coson, Gabriella Davies, Lúcás Dillon, Ufuoma Essi, Jake Grewal, Clara Hastrup, Nimmi Hutnik, Lily Kemp, Maria Mahfooz, Zethu Zizwe Ruby Maseko, Rene Matić, Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay, Liam Mertens, Edwin Mingard, Kimie Minobe, Karabo Monareng, Pablo Paillole, Jung Min Park, Anne Carney Raines, Anika Roach, Jung yun Roh, Shamica Ruddock, Sophie Ruigrok, Kirsty Sim, Anna-Rose Stefatou, Orfeo O’Leary Tagiuri, Giorgio van Meerwijk, Ahren Warner, Ashleigh Williams and Charlie Yetton.

Image Credit: Lily Kemp, Out to dry, 2020, (detail) Image courtesy the artist and New Contemporaries.