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New Contemporaries

New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from UK art schools. 

Since 1949 New Contemporaries has consistently provided a critical platform for new and recent fine art graduates. Independent of place and democratic to the core, New Contemporaries is open to all.

Participants are selected by a panel comprising influential art figures including curators, writers, and artists often who have themselves previously been a part of the New Contemporaries, and a rigorous process that considers the work within a broad cultural context.

New Contemporaries acknowledges that it is increasingly difficult for emerging artists to operate in the UK, as the cost of living, studios and further education all continue to rise. Since 2014, we have actively worked to address this and have put new mechanisms in place that are intended to support emerging practitioners. These include the payment of exhibition and performance fees for artists, in addition to the reimbursement of travel expenses and the covering of accommodation costs for both the launch of the show and its subsequent tour.

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