New Contemporaries 2024 is open to individual artists or collaborative groups* who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate in the final year of a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at a UK college.**
  • Postgraduate (MA, MFA, PhD etc.,) enrolled on a degree in visual arts at a UK college.**
  • Those who completed either an Undergraduate or Postgraduate (MA, MFA, PhD etc.,) degree in visual arts at a UK college** in 2023.
  • Current participants on other visual art learning programmes/alternative learning programmes.
  • Those who completed other visual art learning programmes/alternative learning programmes in 2023.

    *Collaborative applications are eligible providing at least one member of the group meets the criteria above.

    ** 'College' here refers to Higher Education institutions offering recognised degree qualifications at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Students enrolled in Foundation Diploma courses are not eligible.

    ‘Other visual art learning programmes/alternative learning programmes’ refers to programmes, that operate broadly as alternatives to BA or MA study. These programmes must have been established before 2021 and offer artists an opportunity to develop their practice in an environment outside of a ‘college’ as defined above. Only the following programmes are currently included: ActionSpace, AltMFA, City Lit (Fine Art and Developing Art Practice Courses), The Collective Studio, Conditions, Constellations, Essential School of Painting, EBC Schools, Evening Class @ Mayday Rooms, Feral Art School, The FLAMIN Fellowship, Freelands Artist Programme, Heatherleys, Into the Wild, Intoart, Islington Mill Academy, MYOM, Newlyn Art School, Open School East, Royal Academy Schools, Royal Drawing School, School for Civic Imagination, School of Speculation, School of the Damned, The Syllabus, Tetley's Associate Artists' Programme, TOMA, Turps Art School, UNION: The Northern School for Creativity & Activism and Warehouse Alternative Art School.