NC Archive pre 1989

Since 1949, New Contemporaries, formerly Young Contemporaries, has been the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice.

We are working on an ongoing research project on our history with the aim to list all who have participated in our programme, available here. Our alumni artists includes notable names in British art such as post-war figures Frank Auerbach, Bruce Lacey and Paula Rego; pop artists Frank Bowling, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney; new media pioneers Stuart Brisley, Helen Chadwick and Derek Jarman; YBAs Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili and Gillian Wearing; alongside contemporary figures such as Tacita Dean, Sunil Gupta, Isaac Julien, Mark Leckey and Mona Hatoum; and more recently a new generation of exceptional artists including Monster Chetwynd, Rachel Maclean, Haroon Mirza, Hardeep Pandhal, Laure Prouvost and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

History & Archive