Bloomberg New Contemporaries Exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery & South London Gallery

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Bloomberg New Contemporaries Exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery & South London Gallery

New Contemporaries presents its annual touring exhibition Bloomberg New Contemporaries, spotlighting diversity within artistic practice and artist representation. The exhibition will feature 45 of the UK’s most exciting artists emerging from arts education around the country.

Image: Somewhere Crashing (2018) by Louis Blue Newby, one of the artists selected for the 2019 Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. Image courtesy the artist and New Contemporaries.

 

For its 70th anniversary year Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 touring exhibition will launch at Leeds Art Gallery in September and travel to South London Gallery in December 2019. Celebrating the breadth of art practice emerging from the UK’s exceptional art schools and alternative education programmes, the exhibition provides an intriguing opportunity to see the next generation of contemporary artists who encapsulate the cultural zeitgeist.

 

Pompous Prick (2019) by Jan Agha, one of the artists selected for the 2019 Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. Image courtesy the artist and New Contemporaries.

 

Rana Begum, 2019 selector, said: ‘It’s so important for the enrichment of the arts and the UK’s cultural legacy that a new generation of artists have a platform to present their work to wider audiences, and give them an opportunity to develop a voice.”

Now in its 70th year Bloomberg New Contemporaries has held a vital role in the UK’s contemporary art scene, through an annual exhibition of emerging artists since 1949. It counts among its alumni some of the most renowned artists of recent history including Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Tacita Dean, Chris Ofili and a newer generation of artists such as Ed Atkins, Rachel Maclean and Laura Prouvost. 

 

Pompous Prick (2019) by Jan Agha, one of the artists selected for the 2019 Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. Image courtesy the artist and New Contemporaries.

 

This year's exhibition will feature 45 artists in their final year of art school, or who have just recently graduated. Themes addressed in this year’s selection include:

Global and personal politics, exemplified by Roei Greenberg's photographs taken along the Israeli/Syrian border, George Stamenov’s re-imagining of post-Soviet era Bulgaria and Eliot Lord’s satirical depiction of Boris Johnson and Brexit. 

Class and community, explored in Roland Carline’s participatory performances and Emma Prempeh’s film shot in her grandmother’s house. 

Gender and Sexuality, highlighted in Louis Blue Newby’s remake of David Cronenberg’s 1996 psycho-sexual thriller ‘Crash' and Laura Hindmarch’s delicate watercolours, whilst Taylor Jack Smith explores male identity in his animations. 

 

Somewhere Crashing (2018) by Louis Blue Newby, one of the artists selected for the 2019 Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition. Image courtesy the artist and New Contemporaries.

 

The exhibition will launch at Leeds Art Gallery (14 September - 17 November 2019), and then tour to the South London Gallery (6 December 2019 - 23 February 2020)

 


 

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