Bloomberg New Contemporaries has provided a national platform for fine art graduates annually since 1949.
Spike Island first hosted this touring exhibition in 2005, and again in 2013 across our main galleries and an off-site city centre venue.
Forty six artists were included in the exhibition, including Spike Associates members and University of the West of England graduates Menna Cominetti and Jason Brown. The selectors, renowned British artists Chantal Joffe, Nathaniel Mellors and Ryan Gander, made their choices in a rigorous process that considers each artist’s work on its own merits and within a broader cultural context.
Aisha Abid Hussain, Rebecca Ackroyd, Thomas Aitchison, Lewis Betts, Jason Brown, Fatma Bucak, Agnes Calf, Lauren Cohen, Patrick Cole, Menna Cominetti, Calum Crawford, Mark Essen, Adham Faramawy, Ophelia Finke, Grant Foster, Archie Franks, Joe Frazer, Kate Hawkins, Adam Hogarth, Catherine Hughes, Antoine L’Heureux, Roman Liška, Lana Locke, Alexandra McNamee, Steven Morgana, Laura O’Neill, Hardeep Pandhal, Julia Parkinson, Joanna Piotrowska, Hannah Regel, Dante Rendle Traynor, Daniela Sarigu, Ferdinand Saumarez Smith, Yves Scherer, Simon Senn, Isabelle Southwood, Josephine Sowden, Marlene Steyn, Matthias Tharang, Shelley Theodore, Esme Toler, Sarah Tynan, Maarten van den Bos, Dominic Watson, Tom Worsfold, Tim Zercie
Bloomberg New Contemporaries offers essential development opportunities and critical recognition for the most talented emerging artists. Participation in the exhibition has played a key role in the career progression of a number of noted contemporary artists, including Haroon Mirza, Becky Beasley and Laure Prouvost.
The exhibition also incorporated a presentation at a temporary off-site venue at 8 Millennium Promenade, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TY.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 later toured to ICA, 27 November 2013 to 26 January 2014.