Bloomberg New Contemporaries returns this November to the ICA and will include works by 46 participants. Last year’s edition was immensely successful, attracting over 42,000 visitors and highlighting the exhibition as the place to discover the best emerging artists. With over 1,500 submissions, the selectors, Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors, had the tough job of picking an outstanding selection of art from the most promising artists coming out of UK art schools.
In the past, a wealth of established artists have participated in New Contemporaries, including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Mike Nelson and Jane and Louise Wilson; whilst more recent emerging artists including Ed Atkins, Peles Empire, Nathaniel Mellors, Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost have also shown their work.
New Contemporaries is unique in its selection process in that there is absolutely no pre-selection. In addition, the majority of the works included in the final presentation have been selected as a result of actual time spent with the artwork rather than solely from a virtual digital image. For the 2013 showcase the final works cross a wide range of mediums from sculpture, photography and video works with installation art drawing the main focus. All of the selected individuals appear to be interested in materiality and image manipulation as well as the development of space and narrative. Some of the artists consider the formal aspects of art production, while others are concerned with popular and domestic culture through the use of Youtube content and household objects.
Those participating in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 are: Aisha Abid Hussain, Rebecca Ackroyd, Thomas Aitchison, Lewis Betts, Jason Brown, Fatma Bucak, Agnes Calf, Lauren Cohen, Patrick Cole, Menna Cominetti, Calum Crawford, Mark Essen, Adham Faramawy, Ophelia Finke, Grant Foster, Archie Franks, Joe Frazer, Kate Hawkins, Adam Hogarth, Catherine Hughes, Antoine L’Heureux, Roman Liška, Lana Locke, Alexandra McNamee, Steven Morgana, Laura O’Neill, Hardeep Pandhal, Julia Parkinson, Joanna Piotrowska, Hannah Regel, Dante Rendle Traynor, Daniela Sarigu, Ferdinand Saumarez Smith, Yves Scherer, Simon Senn, Isabelle Southwood, Josephine Sowden, Marlene Steyn, Matthias Tharang, Shelley Theodore, Esme Toler, Sarah Tynan, Maarten van den Bos, Dominic Watson, Tom Worsfold, Tim Zercie.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 27 November – 26 January, Upper and Lower Galleries, ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH.
1. Calum Crawford, Bucket of Chicken & a 40oz, 2013.