The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, welcomes back Bloomberg New Contemporaries into its galleries this November. A panel of guest selectors chose 46 artists, who will join an illustrious roster of previous New Contemporaries, including Damien Hirst, Mona Hatoum, Mike Nelson and Laure Prouvost, among many others. The exhibition works to outline the potential of recent fine art graduates, and provide an opportunity for emerging artists to gain recognition. In July 2016, New Contemporaries returned to Bluecoat, Liverpool, to launch this year’s show as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2016, before its installation in the ICA.
The event brings together artists who are working with a range of mediums and methods, both traditional and contemporary, alongside the use of digital applications and processes. Subjects proposed in this year’s event include socio-economics, gender equality and cultural identity. The exhibition works to create a cohesive and collaborative social commentary, and an indication of the emerging generation’s preoccupations. James Berrington’s photography explores the housing crisis in the UK, and presents a social critique through his work, while technology and social media’s effect on human communication is addressed by Ruth Spencer Jolly in her piece We Can Work It Out (2014). Pieces from Victoria Adam, Richard Nicholson, Thomas Greig, Lisa Porter, and Reece Straw will also be displayed.
Kirsty Ogg, Director, stated that the event provides: “A professional platform for emerging artist’s work to be seen and discussed … this year’s exhibition demonstrates the continuing strength of work emerging from British art schools today.” With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, this year’s participating artists will have beneficial access to a range of professional development opportunities, which are intended to make their practice more sustainable longitudinally.
23 November – 22 January. Visit the ICA online for additional details: www.ica.org.uk.
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Richard Nicholson was featured in Aesthetica Issue 72 in our collaboration with London College of Communication as part of the third edition of The Next Generation: Limitless Visions. www.aestheticamagazine.com/next-generation-2016
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