Bloomberg New Contemporaries, one of the most important exhibitions for spotting new and emerging talent in Britain has announced this year’s selected artists. The panel comprising Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock (New Contemporaries 2006) and Simon Starling (New Contemporaries 1994) have chosen 37 artists from over 1,600 submissions.
Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 are: Sïan Astley, Kevin Boyd, Lydia Brockless, Kanad Chakrabarti, James William Collins, Andrei Costache, Julia Curtin, Abri de Swardt, Melanie Eckersley, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Hannah Ford, Sophie Giller, Richard Hards, Juntae TJ Hwang, Jasmine Johnson, Tomomi Koseki, Hilde Krohn Huse, Pandora Lavender, Jin Han Lee, Hugo Lopez Ayuso, Beatrice-Lily Lorigan, Scott Lyman, Scott Mason, Oliver McConnie, Mandy Niewohner, Hamish Pearch, Neal Rock, Conor Rogers, Katie Schwab, Tim Simmons, David Cyrus Smith, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Aaron Wells, Morgan Wills, Mona Yoo and Andrea Zucchini.
With Bloomberg’s support of New Contemporaries now in its 15th year, the resulting touring exhibition will launch in Nottingham across artist-led spaces One Thoresby Street, Backlit and Primary from 18 September to end of October’15, supported by additional activity at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle; before touring to ICA, London from 24 November’15 to end of January’16.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 brings together artists working across a range of media with materiality, form and the process of making key to this year’s selected works. The resulting exhibition tackles an equally diverse range of subjects, from international gender perceptions to the legacy of conceptual art practices.
Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries says ‘New Contemporaries continues to be the leading and longest-running open submission, showcasing some of the most dynamic and engaging work emerging from British art schools. This year is no exception, with a strong sculptural presence that deals with materiality and form; painting that tackles the medium’s rich history; moving image critiquing current societal attitudes to socio-economic and gender differences; as well as photography, printmaking and works on paper. In addition to revealing a process of transformation in the production of the work, many of the works selected this year contain layers of narrative’.
As a National portfolio organisation, New Contemporaries is a registered charity supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Simon Starling (b. 1967, Epsom, UK) currently lives in Copenhagen. Starling graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and from 2003–2013 was Professor of Fine Arts at the Staedelschule, Frankfurt. Having been shortlisted for the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize, Starling won the Turner Prize in 2005. He represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions including Simon Starling: Metamorphology, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (2014); Open Stores #03, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart; In Speculum, Monash University Museum of Art – MUMA, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Simon Starling, Modern Art Oxford; Phantom Ride, Tate Britain (all 2013); and Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (2011).
Jessie Flood-Paddock (b. 1977, London, UK) lives and works in London. Flood-Paddock studied at Royal College of Art, London (2003-5) and Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London (1996-2000). Recent solo exhibitions include Art Now: Jess Flood-Paddock, Tate Britain, London (2012-3); X, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, 2012; Fantastic Voyage, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, 2011; and Gangsta’s Paradise, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2010).
Recent group exhibitions include The Influence of Furniture on Love and Hey I’m Mr Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and Reclaimed – The Second Life of Sculpture, Glasgow International Festival (all 2014). Collaborations include Britain Creates 2012, Jess Flood-Paddock and Jonathan Saunders, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2012) and Phyllida Barlow and Jess Flood-Paddock, The Russian Club, London (2009).
Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965, Birmingham, UK) lives and works in London. Having studied at Wimbledon School of Art (1991–94), he completed an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (1996–98). Solo exhibitions include Hurvin Anderson: New Works, Thomas Dane Gallery, London; Hurvin Anderson: reporting back, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (both 2013); Hurvin Anderson: Subtitles, Michael Werner, New York (2011); Peter’s Series 2007-09, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York; and Art Now: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Modern, London (both 2009).
Group exhibitions include 4 Painters, 10 Works, Josh Lilley, London, UK (2014); Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (2013); Flowers for Summer, Michael Werner, New York; and Sometimes I Wish I Could Just Disappear, David Risley Gallery, Denmark (both 2011).
Bloomberg New Contemporaries is the leading UK organisation supporting emergent art practice from British art schools. Since 1949 New Contemporaries has consistently provided a critical platform for final year undergraduates, postgraduates and artists one year out of postgraduate study, primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. Independent of place and democratic to the core, Bloomberg New Contemporaries is open to all. Participants are selected by a panel comprising influential artists and art figures, often including artists who have themselves previously been a part of New Contemporaries. This rigorous selection process considers the work within a broad cultural context.