Bloomberg New Contemporaries has announced Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling as selectors for 2015. Submissions are now open until 8 February 2015, with work by final year undergraduates, postgraduates and artists one year out of postgraduate study being selected by former New Contemporaries participants Turner Prize winner Simon Starling (New Contemporaries 1994), Jessie Flood-Paddock (Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2006) and Hurvin Anderson (Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2002).
New Contemporaries continues to be the leading and longest-running open submission, touring exhibition, showcasing some of the most dynamic and engaging work emerging from UK art schools. Following two rigorous selection rounds, this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries will be announced in June 2015 with the resulting national touring exhibition offering a compelling picture of contemporary practice.
‘Since 1949 New Contemporaries has provided a professional, critical platform beyond the context of art school for new artists’ work. With participants selected each year by a panel comprising influential art figures, this year we are delighted to welcome Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling as selectors for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015. Working across a wide variety of approaches to making, selected artists will continue to reflect new developments coming through in contemporary art in the UK today.’ – Kirsty Ogg, Director.
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 Biennial 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; and 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, the 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 and 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).
New Contemporaries is the leading UK organisation supporting emergent art practice from British art schools. Since 1949 it 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, which is currently sponsored by Bloomberg. 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. Bloomberg’s sponsorship of New Contemporaries is now in its 15th year and forms part of the company’s philanthropic commitment to new ideas and extraordinary talent through sponsorship of the contemporary arts around the world.