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"Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2007"
2007-07-13 until 2007-09-02
New Art Gallery, Walsall
Walsall, , UK United Kingdom

The New Art Gallery is delighted to launch the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2007 exhibition, which will then tour to London and Manchester. A distinguished panel consisting of artists Michael Landy, Nigel Cooke and U.S based curator Linda Norden were this year’s selectors. The New Contemporaries exhibition provides opportunities for artists who are still in full time education or who have recently left to show their work in a professional context. The visual arts equivalent of the X Factor or American Idol, New Contemporaries is an annual exhibition which is selected from an open submission drawn from all art schools across the country. Aimed at the graduating artist, New Contemporaries aims to reveal new emerging creative talent and provide the artist with their first professional opportunity. From an initial submission of over 1,100 applications, the selectors have chosen 37 of the most promising artists. It is open to final year graduating artists, current postgraduates and those who graduated in the previous 12 months.

New Contemporaries always provides a great opportunity for the public to see a rich and dynamic selection of work by an emerging generation of artists. As an annual event first established over fifty years ago, New Contemporaries is recognised as the unique platform for new work and many of the UK’s most well known artists first appeared in the show.

Of course it is impossible to characterise the work selected for New Contemporaries. Collectively, there are some shared interests and perspectives, though the works are largely diverse and distinctive. They do however offer a cross-section of some of the most exciting work to come out of current art school practice.

Amy Grace McDonough, for example, offers a hilarious take on the TV series, The Chuckle Brothers. Together with her fellow performer and the camera operator, she presents a perfunctory re-staging of dialogue from the programme under harsh physical conditions.

Painting is well represented in the exhibition with artists including Katarina Forss, Dido Hallett, Fiona Mackay, Luke Jackson, Adam Holmes-Davies and James Ryan and, it might seem, to be characterised by a sense of the surreal, implicit humour and a deceptively casual style.

The sculptural work ranges from Heike Kabisch’s statue of a male painter which is also a working fountain through to Sarah Bowker-Jones’s manipulation of the most insubstantial of materials. Kabisch’s diminutive figure wields his brush and both recalls and challenges a whole history of the representation of the artist. Bowker-Jones’s work is so slight that their presence is only just felt.

Charlie Crane’s photographs of North Korea possess a serene beauty and a strong formal clarity. Crane has already had his first book published, entitled ‘Welcome to Pyongyang’. Gesche Würfel’s photographic work is informed by her planning background. ‘Go for Gold!’ reflects on issues surrounding urban regeneration and is focused on London’s Lower Lea Valley, the major site for the 2012 Olympics.

Deborah Robinson, The New Art Gallery Curator says “This is the first time that The New Art Gallery has been involved with New Contemporaries and we are delighted to be able to offer the 37 emerging artists the opportunity to show their work in our wonderful gallery spaces”.

Over the years, New Contemporaries has consistently provided artists with their first public exposure and professional experience. Its history stretches back to 1949 when a group of young graduates from Greater London art schools was first shown at the Mall Galleries in London. New Contemporaries 2007 launches at The New Art Gallery Walsall for the first time although a selection of the 1965 show, toured then by the Arts Council visited the old Walsall Museum and Art Gallery.


Steve Bishop, Sarah Bowker-Jones, Rhys Coren, Lucy Coggle, Charlie Crane, Mary Ferguson, David Fletcher, Katarina Forss, Alistair Frost, Dido Hallett, Gabriel Hartley, Alexander Heim, Laurie Hill, Margot Hill, Adam Holmes-Davies, Luke Jackson, Jackson Webb, Hannah James, Heike Kabisch, Maria-Brigita Karantzi, Camilla Kesterton, Penny Klepuszewska, Ian Larson, Francisco Lobo, Fiona Mackay, Amy Grace McDonough, Janine McLellan, Andrew Mealor, James Nelson, Jack Newling, Gemma Pardo, Daniel Pasteiner, James Ryan, Charlie Tweed, Tom Walker, Gesche Würfel, Yohei Yashi.

copyright: Camila Kesterton

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