1949 - ?

New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from the UK's established and alternative art programmes. Since 1949 they have supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. They continue to be unique in the level of support that they offer emerging artists through their open call and associated programmes and remain responsive to change in the art world and the needs of emerging practitioners. Their exhibitions are accompanied by an artist development programme that provides one-to-one and peer mentoring as well as educational workshops and bursaries to participate in learning, live and public programmes with our partner institutions. New Contemporaries has held a vital role in the UKs contemporary art scene, illuminating for the first time a cross section of the most internationally renowned artists of recent history, including post-war figures Frank Auerbach, Bruce Lacey and Paula Rego; pop artists Frank Bowling, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney; new media pioneers Stuart Brisley, Helen Chadwick and Derek Jarman; YBAs Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili and Gillian Wearing; alongside contemporary figures such as Tacita Dean, Sunil Gupta, Mark Leckey and Mona Hatoum; and more recently a new generation of exceptional artists including Monster Chetwynd, Rachel Maclean, Haroon Mirza, Hardeep Pandhal, Laure Prouvost and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.