Frequently Asked Questions

What works should I apply with?

New Contemporaries cannot enter into any discussion regarding advice about particularities of artwork. We would advise that you discuss with your peers and tutors about making the strongest and most impactful application possible.

Why is there a £25 application fee?

The selection process is costly and so unfortunately we are not in a position to waive the fee.

If an artist is selected, in addition to participating in two exhibitions and our range of professional development opportunities, they are paid an artist fee, and offered travel and accommodation costs for the opening of each exhibition as required.

Should I add my name and credits to my work?

All applicants should remain anonymous to the Selectors. Please do not include any biographical details, including your name, collaborators, place of study, or credits on any images, video, audio or optional description you upload.

How do I submit my video work?

Uploading works is taking too long

The submissions site is likely to become very busy towards the deadline, so we recommend that you begin your application as early as possible. Please also check the Preparing and Uploading Your Submission page for more information about file sizes and formats.

What is the selection process?

Once closed, all submissions will be reviewed for eligibility and errors and applicants will be contacted with any queries. The panel of selectors will look at all material submitted and will make a shortlist. Artists will be notified whether or not they have been shortlisted and we will then arrange for shortlisted works to be reviewed for final selection by the selectors.


Each year we present the exhibition in a regional venue and a London venue. Works will need to be available for collection and return in the UK and for the full length of the exhibition tour, usually from Sept to the following April.

Why was my application not successful?

New Contemporaries receives an incredibly large number of submissions, with a very high standard of work submitted, so please do not be disheartened if you were not selected this time. We would love to be able to provide feedback to individual artists but, because of the volume of submissions, unfortunately this will not be possible.

Download the 2024 Submission Guidelines here:

New Contemporaries 2024 Submission Guidelines