Since 1949 New Contemporaries has profiled emerging talent from the UK’s art schools through an annual open submission exhibition. Past exhibitors include Ed Atkins, Helen Chadwick, David Hockney, Chris Ofili and Simon Starling. New Contemporaries is a partner of Liverpool Biennial and has maintained a presence in the city at every Biennial since its foundation in 1998.
At Bluecoat, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 features 46 artists chosen by guest selectors Anya Gallaccio, Alan Kane and Haroon Mirza. From Richie Moment’s high octane, satirical videos to Michael Cox’s detailed paintings of urban architecture, Bloomberg New Contemporaries shows the diverse approaches of emerging artists working today. Social, cultural and environmental changes to the world around us are represented in the show, with artists reflecting on geo-political turmoil, cultural legacies and environmental concerns. Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, and the exhibition will travel to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London in November 2016.
2016 marks 30 years since Bluecoat last hosted New Contemporaries. The exhibition's recognition of emerging work from UK art schools is a natural fit with Bluecoat and its commitment to supporting artists' development.
Keith Piper, who exhibited in the New Contemporaries exhibition held at Bluecoat in 1986, will return to the gallery later in 2016 with a solo exhibition titled Unearthing the Bankers' Bones, in collaboration with INIVA. The exhibition will also mark the launch of Bluecoat's 300th anniversary celebrations, which will continue throughout 2017.
With: Victoria Adam // Katja Angeli // Diana Anghel // Saelia Aparicio Torinos // James Berrington // Jack Bodimeade // Anna Bunting-Branch // Leah Carless // Michael Cox // David Donald // Jemma Egan // Kate Fahey // Jamie Fitzpatrick // Harry Fletcher // Mary Furniss // Roxman Gatt // Christopher D. A. Gray // Jamie Green // Thomas Greig // Byzantia Harlow // Sebastian Jefford // Seungjo Jeong // Alfie Kungu // Janina Lange // Lana Locke // Georgia Lucas-Going // Sophie Mackfall // Karolina Magnusson-Murray & Leon Platt // Richie Moment // Zarina Muhammad // Richard Nicholson // Mooni Perry // Lisa Porter // Alicia Reyes McNamara // George Ridgway // Rodrigo Red Sandoval // Zsofia Schweger // Leonor Serrano-Rivas // Ruth Spencer Jolly // Oriele Steiner // Margreta Stolen // Reece Straw // Maryam Tafakory // Tenant of Culture // Jack West