This year’s BT New Contemporaries, which opens at Camden Arts Centre, features work from 36 young artists selected from over 1200 applicants by Turner Prize-winning artist Rachael Whiteread, Patrica Bickers, the editor of Art Monthly and curator Barry Barker. From these 36, six exhibitors have been selected to receive awards of £1000: Fiona Banner (photo and text-based work), Frauke Eigen (photography), Lucy Gunning (video), Nick Harris (video), Dez Lawrence (painting) and Diana Lorenzo Saxby (film installation). The other exhibiting artists are: Mark Cannon, Miles Chalcraft, Alberto Ciravegna, Ruth Faaington, Kerry Filer, Milo Garcia, Karen Henderson, Michael Kay, Mona Kher, Christine Kummer, Kerry Kyriacou, Terry Loane, Geraldine Marks, Andrew Marks, Andrew Miller, Corrado Morgana, Ruth Mylius, Mariele Neudecker, Peter Newell Price, David Oates, Effie Paleologou, Hadrain Pigott, Vangelis Pliarides, Anita Ronke, Mike Silva, Bob and Roberta Smith, David Spero, Kerry Stewart, Jon Thomson and Robery Wyatt.
BT New Contemporaries is an annual open submission touring exhibition, providing a unique opportunity to see a wise cross section of the work of student and recent graduate artists currently practicing in the UK. It began life as the Young Contemporaries in 1949, and in the fifties introduced us to artists such as Frank Auerbach and Howard Hodgkin. In the following decade it was acknowledged as the cradle of British Pop Art, and after a hiatus the exhibition relaunched at Camden Arts Centre in 1974. In recent years it has become a major feature of the UK contemporary art scene, launching the careers of young artists such a Damien Hirst and Maud Sulter, and providing a high profile platform for artists in their formative years.
BT New Contemporaries is sponsored by BT with additional support from the Arts Council of Great Britain. A full colour catalogue will be available. Admission free.