I think the main concern for the ‘emerging artist’, hauling his or herself from the horrible, crispy, beige cocoon of self doubt and beginning to transform into the beautiful, well respected and well exhibited butterfly they long to be, is how exactly to go about doing so.
Being a young artist is fucking hard. As soon as you finish university they kick you out the door with a diploma in your hand and massive debt and leave you on the street with just enough money to buy a beer.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015 will launch in Nottingham across artist-led spaces Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary, supported by an additional programme of events at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.
The four embroideries that I am showing in BNC 2015 are part of an ongoing series called ‘Work Hands’. The works began in 2014 and each embroidery is constructed from cotton thread stitched through mesh: mounted and displayed in a handmade beech frame.
The challenges facing emerging artists today are different from the time when Bloomberg began its sponsorship of New Contemporaries. In 2000, when I graduated with my MFA, studio spaces in London were more affordable, as was general living costs.