New Contemporaries Digital Residency with Elephant Lab

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Off to the Mayo Clinic, 2019, Acrylic paint, spray paint and oil pastel on canvas

New Contemporaries is delighted to be offering a month-long Digital Residency in partnership with Elephant Lab in May 2022.

We are pleased to share that New Contemporaries 2021 artist Shannon Bono has been selected for our month-long Digital Residency in partnership with Elephant Lab.

During the Digital Residency I will be creating two new paintings for my current series. I will be working exclusively with oil paints and acrylic paints for each panting, using each of their mediums to manipulate the textures and finishes. To make this a collaborative learning process I will be hosting two life drawing class, using each of the mediums for each class. Receiving this opportunity will be a great way to challenge my practice as a painter, I have the chance to use these great brands to improve the quality of my work and create some interesting outcomes within a short period of time.

Shannon Bono's (b. 1995, London) paintings embody an afrofemcentrist consciousness, sharing muted narratives and projecting the black women’s lived experiences. She is invested in producing layered, figurative, compositions embedded with symbols and scientific metaphors that centralise black womanhood as a source of knowledge and understanding.

Enamoured by African spiritually, Christian iconography and renaissance art she employs its purpose of cultural impact, liturgy and instruction for an improved society within her works. Shannon explores the internal body as well as the external, by merging the design of notable fabrics from Africa with biological structures and chemical processes in living organisms for the backgrounds of her works and using the anatomy as a second canvas in the foreground. She views the body as a powerful signifier that provokes dialogue, playing with pose, gesture and the gaze to challenge reality.

Shannon will be in residence from 2 - 27 May 2022. She will receive £1000 worth of materials, online mentoring, and a digital showcase.

Previous Recipients


Anika Roach (BNC2020) was the recipient of New Contemporaries 2021 Digital Resdiency with Elephant Lab.

Anika Roach (b. 1996) lives and works in London. Roach is a visual artist whose current practice is centred around painting. Her work seeks to broaden existing narratives around paintings of black people and investigate the social and political weight that often obscures the uniqueness of the black experience. Colour theory plays a vital part in her practice how they interact with one another. How the viewer can be affected through aesthetics, from feeling into thought. Her practice is deeply routed in excavating lesser known histories and using the charged space of the canvas to engage viewer.

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Anika Roach, Dustin Brown v Nadal, 2019, Acrylic paint, spray paint on canvas

Blog Post: Anika Roach


Jack Sutherland (BNC19) was the second recipient of the New Contemporaries Studio Bursary with Elephant Lab.

"The post-degree world in the first year and beyond is a daunting place to find your footing in, and residency opportunities such as this are fantastic foundational platforms. What sets this apart is the materials allowance you're given; to be essentially free from the shackles of material budget restrictions".

- Jack Sutherland, 2020

Blog Post: Jack Sutherland

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Jack Sutherland, Big Games, oil and polka dot fabric on canvas, 137 x 97 cm

Jack Sutherland (b. 1989, Southend-on-Sea) lives and works in South London. Sutherland is a Fine Art graduate of, Slade School of Fine Art (2019) and University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury (2011). Recent exhibitions include FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London, January 2020; Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, Leeds Art Gallery / South London Gallery, September 2019 - February 2020; Creaking Features, Slade School of Fine Art, London, August 2019; and A Raw Garden, Fitzrovia Gallery, London, June 2019 - August 2019.


Jin Han Lee (alumni 2015) was the inaugural recipient of the New Contemporaries Studio Bursary with Elephant Lab.

Blog Post: Jin Han Lee

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Jin Han Lee, Untitled, 2019

Jin completed her MA at Goldsmiths, University of London and is currently a PHD candidate at the Slade School of Art, UCL. Exhibitions include ‘The Day in the Evening’, Space K, Gwacheon; ‘The Intercontinental Breakfast,’ the Roaming Room, London; ‘Tradition’, Pump House Gallery, London; ‘Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 New Senstations’, B1 Space.

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