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New Contemporaries is the leading UK organisation supporting emergent art practice from British Art Schools.

Since 1949 New Contemparies has consistently provided a critical platform for new and recent fine art graduates primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition.

Independent of place and democratic to the core, New Contemporaries is open to all.
Participants are selected by a panel comprising influential art figures including curators, writers, and artists often who have themselves previously been a part of the New Contemporaries, and a rigorous process that considers the work within a broad cultural context.

New Contemporaries acknowledges that it is increasingly difficult for emerging artists to operate in the UK, as the cost of living, studios and further education all continue to rise. Since 2014, we have actively worked to address this and have put new mechanisms in place that are intended to support emerging practitioners. These include the payment of exhibition and performance fees for artists, in addition to the reimbursement of travel expenses and the covering of accommodation costs for both the launch of the show and its subsequent tour.

In partnership with Artquest, New Contemporaries has also introduced one-to-one mentoring offered to all of the selected artists and peer mentoring opportunities that are available to a broader constituent of practitioners. We have launched a studio bursary with SPACE, which is now in its second year that provides a Bloomberg New Contemporaries alumnus a free studio in London for a year, as well as talent development support offered by both organisations. Our second Studio Bursary was launched in Nottingham with One Thoresby Street earlier this year.

New Contemporaries is one of the partners delivering The Syllabus a non-affilicated learning structure for artists to challenge and develop their practice. We are also a partner in the STOP, PLAY, RECORD network, which commissions new short moving image works from 16-24 year olds and gives them access to distribution and support networks. All of these initiatives are intended to make artists' practices sustainable in the long-term.

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