Since 1949, New Contemporaries has organised an annual, open submission, touring exhibition for current and recent graduates. This high-profile platform has become nationally and internationally recognised as a barometer of work emerging from UK art schools and has played a significant role in giving a visibility to and thus defining generations of emerging UK-based artists.
New Contemporaries roster of alumni encompasses: significant post-war figures such as Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego; pop artists including Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney; decade-defining YBAs Damien Hirst and Gillian Wearing; alongside other significant contemporary figures such as Tacita Dean, Mark Lecky, Mona Hatoum, Mike Nelson, Chris Ofili and Rebecca Warren. More recently Ed Atkins, Becky Beasley, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phil Collins, Rachel Maclean, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost have been selected.
The selectors for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 are artists Caroline Achaintre, Elizabeth Price and George Shaw. Following two rigorous selection rounds, the selected artists will be announced in early summer 2017, with the resulting national touring exhibition launching at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne.