Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015

Selected by Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling
18 September – 31 October 2015
Thursday to Saturday, 12 – 6pm

Previews: Thursday 17 September, 3pm – 9pm
Primary 3pm – 6pm, Backlit 3pm – 7pm, One Thoresby Street 6pm – 9pm

This year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries will launch in Nottingham across artist-led spaces Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary, supported by an additional programme of events at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

Since 1949 New Contemporaries’ annual national touring exhibition has provided a significant critical platform, offering crucial opportunities for the development and recognition of emerging artists from UK art schools today.

This year’s selection brings together artists wo­­rking across a range of media, with a focus on materiality, form and the process of making being key themes for the exhibition. The legacy of conceptual art practices permeates the exhibition, revealing layers of narrative in both the finished work and through the process of making. While other works explore and challenge the expectations and perceptions of gender and socio-economic circumstance.

The exhibition will tour to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 24 November 2015 to 24 January 2016.

Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015

Sïan Astley, Kevin Boyd, Lydia Brockless, U. Kanad Chakrabarti, James William Collins, Andrei Costache, Julia Curtin, Abri de Swardt, Melanie Eckersley, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Justin Fitzpatrick, Hannah Ford, Sophie Giller, Richard Hards, Juntae T.J.Hwang, Jasmine Johnson, Tomomi Koseki, Hilde Krohn Huse, Pandora Lavender, Jin Han Lee, Hugo López Ayuso, Beatrice-Lily Lorigan, Scott Lyman, Hanqing Ma & Mona Yoo, Scott Mason, Oliver McConnie, Mandy Niewöhner, Hamish Pearch, Neal Rock, Conor Rogers, Katie Schwab, Tim Simmons, David Cyrus Smith, Francisco Sousa Lobo, Aaron Wells, Morgan Wills and Andrea Zucchini.

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries After Party

Thursday 17 September
9pm – 1am
Nottingham Contemporary
FREE (booking essential)


Visuals and artwork from Adham Faramawy.

An Open Discussion

Wednesday 23 September
6pm – 7.30pm
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
FREE (booking essential)

Discussion with Kirsty Ogg, Tristram Aver, Samson Kambalu, Perminder Kaur, Ben Woodeson, Lotti V Closs & Nick Mobbs

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Who Will Go To Art School?

Thursday 24 September
6.30pm – 8.30pm
New Art Exchange
FREE (booking essential)

Discussion with Emma Cocker, Anna Colin, Paul Goodwin and Emily Pope.

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All Consuming: Perfect Peaches, Piled, Awaiting Pressing Fingertips

Tuesday 29 September
Nottingham Contemporary
FREE (booking essential)

An evening of performances with New Contemporaries alumni Hannah Regel and Lauren Godfrey. Curated by Rebecca Ounstead.

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Archive: In the Making

Saturday 3 October
9:30am – 4:30pm
Nottingham Contemporary
FREE (booking essential)

Seminar exploring artists’ use of archive and memory as material, and mode of production.

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Tall Tales and Wayward Narratives

Wednesday 7 October
Nottingham Contemporary
FREE (booking essential)

An evening of performances and readings with New Contemporaries alumni Beth Collar, Matt Copson, Patrick Coyle and Heather Phillipson. Curated by Niki Russell.

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Peer Mentoring Sessions

Saturday 24 October
2pm – 5pm

Workshop exploring the many different formats and benefits of Peer Mentoring. Session organised by Artquest.

The Shy Convention by Gillian Wearing

Saturday 31 October
6.30pm – 10pm

Gillian Wearing and Backlit will be hosting an afternoon of creative sessions exploring confidence, writing, music and language leading to an evening of audience-led personal karaoke.


Every Saturday at 2pm, an invited artist will offer a tour of one of the exhibition venues.

19 September – Simon Raven at One Thoresby Street

Simon Raven studied at BFA Ruskin School, Oxford and completed an MA in Sculpture at Royal College of Art, London.

Raven works in performance, video and other media. Made as a response to everyday living/working circumstances, often filtered through a specific body of imaginative or artistic research. Having studied for a Philosophy BA before switching to Music Production, then Art, Ravens work usually combines multiple fields of influence and research. He often collaborates.

Some of his work refers to his experience of having been treated for depression and hypomania, and an interest in disability arts more broadly. In 2012 Raven was awarded the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary for artists working with a disability, with a residency at Camden Arts Centre. In October 2015 Raven will start a PhD in Disability Art Criticism at Northumbria University.


26 September - Bruce Asbestos at Primary

Bruce uses​ digital and social media, popular culture, marketing and small-scale production to make artwork. An active internet presence is​ at the core of his practice: his online TV show, The Social Media Takeaway, use​s​ the quick-fix, low-brow, throw-away nature of YouTube as a platform to produce artworks and performances.


3 October - Tom Godfrey at One Thoresby Street

Tom Godfrey is director of TG, a gallery based within PRIMARY, Nottingham and is also Gallery Resource Manager of Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University.

Godfrey co-directed the artist-led gallery ‘Moot’ from 2005-2010 and during this time curated the commissioning programme ‘Keep Floors and Passages Clear’ which culminated in an exhibition at White Columns, New York and subsequently entered the Arts Council Collection in 2015; the first curatorial project to enter the collection.

Between 2009 – 2014 Godfrey curated the publishing programme ‘Marbled Reams’ which was shown at The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Limoncello, London and Donlon Books, London.

In 2012 Godfrey completed his MFA at Glasgow School of Art and shortly afterwards developed and opened his gallery ‘TG’.
www.tgal.co / www.marbledreams.com / www.keepfloorsandpassagesclear.com / www.boningtongallery.co.uk

10 October - Candice Jacobs at One Thoresby Street

Jacobs uses exhibition making alongside the production of moving images, objects, products, graphics, electronic music and environments that support and develop individual and collective ideas, to explore how the sense of self is shaped by the habitual cognitive immaterialisation of production.

Recent & forthcoming exhibitions include; (2015) Following, FACT, Liverpool; Alien Radio, The Space, Nottingham Contemporary, curated by Simon Raven; Under A Thawing Lake, Dark Arts International, Material Art Fair, Mexico City; Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf, EM15 – the East Midlands Pavillion at 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; EXHALE, Cactus, Liverpool (solo); (2014) INHALE, Project Number, London (solo); Sansoucci Realty, Tank.TV, London, curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini; The C(h)roma Show, Bangalore, India, curated by Maria Laura Ghidini; Manchester Contemporary, SYSON, Manchester.

Online projects include Sunscreen; Sleeping Upright and Accidentally on Purpose.

17 October - Marianna Simnett at Backlit

Marianna Simnett completed her BA at Nottingham Trent University in 2007 and her MA at the Slade School of Art in 2013. Simnett works with video, performance and drawing. Her recent body of work explores themes of sexuality, innocence, corruption and martyrdom. Her videos involve collaborative processes with non-actors playing the part of themselves in heightened, suspended realities. In 2013 she won the Adrian Carruthers Award and William Coldstream Prize, and in 2015 she was a recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Award. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Comar, Isle of Mull and Park Nights at the Serpentine Pavilion.


24 October - Polly Brannan at Backlit (CANCELLED)

Polly Brannan is currently Education Curator at Liverpool Biennial. She is an artist and educator who has produced projects at Frieze Art Fair, Serpentine Gallery, The Barbican, ICA, Tate Britain, Lisbon Experimenta Festival and Nottingham Contemporary, amongst others. She was Collaborations Curator at Studio Voltaire from 2006-9, and Education Curator at Serpentine Gallery from 2011-13.

She is co-founder of the network ‘Avant Gardening’, an arts and environment project which engages all sectors of the community with environmental and sustainability issues, she was also a member of public works 2005-2011, an artist and architect collective whose projects address how the public realm is shaped by its various users and how existing dynamics can inform further proposals.





31 October - Craig Fisher at Primary

Craig Fisher is an artist and Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. He gained his MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Fisher makes paintings, objects and sculptural installations using various fabrics and textile techniques to question representations of violence, disaster and macho stereotypes.

Fisher has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Gallery and Stand In, The Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary (2015). He was commissioned by LOCWS International in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea to exhibit a large-scale public artwork in Art across the City 2014.

Fisher curates Mrs Rick’s Cupboard, a project that presents the work of contemporary artists in exhibitions in an unconventional gallery setting, a walk-in cupboard at Primary.

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