70th Anniversary Programme

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New Contemporaries 70th Anniversary Programme


Constantly evolving and developing along with the changing face of visual art in the UK, a series of public programmes, newly commissioned work and collaborations will mark New Contemporaries 70th anniversary this year:


70 Years Young

April – November 2019

A digital project commissioned by The Space, comprising six short video interviews with New Contemporaries alumni including Bruce McLean, Mark Wallinger, Rachel Maclean, Hardeep Pandhal, Chantal Joffe and Sunil Gupta.

All short videos are available on our YouTube channel here


Mark Leckey Anniversary Commission

Autumn 2019

An exciting new digital commission by alumni Mark Leckey also supported by The Space will launch in Autumn 2019 across New Contemporaries social media platforms.


Venice Biennial Fellowship August 2019

New Contemporaries first collaborative Venice Biennial Fellowship with the British Council which will see New Contemporaries artist David Walker Kennedy (alumni 2017) taking up a month-long fellowship in Venice.


New Writing With New Contemporaries

Leeds Art Gallery - Saturday 9th November 2019

South London Gallery - Saturday 25th January 2020

An innovative two-phase programme developed in collaboration with Yorkshire-based artist Nick Thurston and Corridor 8 that will consist of mentoring and the public presentation of work by emerging artists working with writing in their practice.

More info here


James N Hutchinson’s New Commission at The Tetley, Leeds September 2019 – January 2020

The Tetley has commissioned James N Hutchinson (alumni 2001) to make new work for their gallery spaces to coincide with the launch of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Leeds Art Gallery.Hutchinson will use the opportunity to revisit some of the concerns explored in his video work that was selected for Bloomberg new Contemporaries 2001 which was made in Leeds Art Gallery.


New Contemporaries 70th Anniversary Two-Day Programme in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art

25 – 26 October 2019

A two-day conference which will draw on the exceptional knowledge and talents of both organisations’ networks to revisit, reflect, and reconsider our impact and legacy, and the future of emerging art practice and practitioners.

More info here


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

Leeds Art Gallery: 14 September 2019 - 17 November 2019
South London Gallery: 6 December 2019 - 23 February 2020

The panel of guest selectors comprising Rana Begum, Sonia Boyce and Ben Rivers has chosen 45 artists for the annual open submission exhibition.

More info here