Fifty five artists have been chosen for Bloomberg New Contemporaries this year. The annual exhibition will open in Liverpool during the Biennial in September. Previous exhibitors for the event have included Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Mike Nelson. 2014 marks the 65th anniversary of New Contemporaries which has been funded by Bloomberg since 2000, and selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen works by the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools from 1,400 submissions.
An integral part of Liverpool Biennial since 1999, this year’s show will launch at World Museum, Liverpool from 20 September – 26 October 2014 before touring to ICA, London from 26 November 2014 – 25 January 2015.
Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 are: Lucy Beech, Dinah Berger, Louise Bradley, Jesc Bunyard, Matt Copson, Racheal Crowther, Yi Dai, Tajinder Dhami, Bee Flowers, Alice Gauthier, Marco Godoy, Victoria Grenier, Stacey Guthrie, Alice Hartley, Katie Hayward, Edward Hill, Yussef Hu, Matthew Humphreys, Henry Hussey, Marie Jacotey-Voyatzis, Lucy Joyce, Melissa Kime, Xiaoyang Li ‘Lee’, Inga Lineviciute, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Jonathan Meira, MKLK, Ebrel Moore, Emily Motto, Emely Neubert, Laura O’Neill, Lydia Ourahamane, Athena Papadopoulos, Catherine Parsonage, Imran Perretta, Miroslav Pomichal, Charles Richardson, Simon Senn, Xin Shen, Will Sheridan Jr., Mustafa Sidki, David Cyrus Smith, Marilia Stagkouraki, Jane Stobart, John Thole, Ian Tricker, Manon Valli, Milou van der Maaden, Tess Vaughan, Adam Wallace, Deborah Westmancoat, Joseph Whitmore, Frances Williams, Ben Zawalich and Adam Zoltowski.
Showcasing final year students, graduates and artists one year out of study, the annual national touring exhibition has consistently been a barometer of contemporary art practice, shining a spotlight on the hottest talents of the year.
Kirsty Ogg, Director, Bloomberg New Contemporaries says ‘This year’s selection illustrates new artist’s thinking and approaches to making work as each cohort is surrounded by a specific cultural framework that informs their practice. The contemporary art world is becoming increasingly more mobile and global, and this year’s national touring exhibition offers a unique opportunity for selected works to be seen on an international platform at Liverpool Biennial and ICA, London’.
This year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries participants will benefit from the new partnership with Artquest, which will deliver an events programme designed to help the selected artists capitalise on the opportunity that Bloomberg New Contemporaries affords and develop strategies for their future sustainability. This will comprise one-to-one advice sessions alongside an ongoing national programme of peer mentoring sessions presented with New Contemporaries’ partner venues network.
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.
Marking its 65th anniversary is an important milestone for the organisation. Throughout the year, this historic moment will be celebrated with a series of special events and the launch of new initiatives.
Liverpool Biennial 2014, the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, is held from 5 July – 26 October 2014. The 8th Liverpool Biennial Exhibition, A Needle Walks into a Haystack, is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman. It takes place across the city at venues including public spaces and galleries such as the Bluecoat, FACT and Tate Liverpool. As well as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, also featured are the John Moore’s Painting Prize, and shows at Open Eye Gallery and the Exhibition Research Centre. In addition, there will be work by artists and curators throughout the city.