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Project information

New Contemporaries 2010

Our exhibition New Contemporaries 2010 is currently on at the ICA. With work by 49 young and emerging artists all at a crucial stage in their career on its first weekend it attracted 2.5K visitors.

Alongside the show there is a Public Programme that includes Profesional Development sessions.

This is an ongoing project.

Charity information: The New Contemporaries (1988) Ltd

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  • Need


    At present we are uncertain of future funding sources. Over the years New Contemporaries has provided young and emerging artists with their first serious professional platform. Like everyone our funding base is uncertain moving forward.


    Raising funds at this time will help us ensure the continuation of the programme. This year we have run a series of Professional Development sessions in response to artists' concerns about how they might survive and maintain a practice in the current climate.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote and support artistic excellence of emerging fine art practice across the country.


    » Continue to stage our exhibition, annually and in at least two UK venues.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in hosting exhibitions in at least two high-profile venues in the UK. This year in Liverpool and London. We are not London-centric.

    Aim 2

    Increase and develop diverse audiences across platforms including events and digital


    » Build on the success of this year's Public Programme and Professional Development sessions for emerging artists

    What success will look like

    Success will be devising and implementing a programme of activities in tandem with the show and increasingly exploring digital avenues.

    Aim 3

    Create sustainability through organisational collaboration increasing efficiency and innovation


    » Continue a programme dedicated to partnerships and pooling of resources across the country

    What success will look like

    Success will be working with a greater number of venues across the UK and facilitating meetings and collaborations between them. We are committed to working regionally.

    Aim 4

    Develop inter-generational networks and communities of artists and art professionals


    » Work increasingly with our alumni creating mentoring schemes and hosting events

    What success will look like

    Success will be setting up a mentor scheme and continuing our series of events for artists to meet and share experiences.

    Aim 5

    Provide inspiration for and raise the aspirations of young people and students


    » By mounting a show of uncompromising quality and professionalism albeit for artists at the beginning of their career

    What success will look like

    Success will be getting more applications in general and more from across the country.

  • Impact


    While other graduate show come and go New Contemporaries endures. Over its 60 year history it has played a vital part in British Art, launching dozens of successful careers. Success for us has many measures and at present our ambition is to grow activities which support and enhance the core programme. At present this is being demonstrated through a popular and well-attended Public Programme at the ICA/


    The primary risk we face is a change and reduction in our funding structure. All other parts of our operation are efficient and functional. In the event of us receiving less funding we would have to majorly revise and scale back our activity.


    We regularly compile reports on activity and inform people of what alumni are up to. This makes for lively and varied reading. We also invite donors to all private views and a range of other events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Public Programme Talks, debates, development sessions
      £10,000 Digital Programmes Films, downloadable audio guides etc.
      £30,000 Transport and insurance For approximately 50 artists' work
      £40,000 Exhibition Installation Cost of installing and deinstalling at two venues
      £10,000 Artist Fees and Travel To two venues
  • Background


    Our office is based in London but our show travels the country. In recent years we have shown in Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Walsall and have plans to soon show in Sheffield and Newcastle.


    A wide range of specialist and non-specialist audiences. The show is very accessible and engaging. It also has the quirk of having so much work in it that there is always something someone loves and something someone hates so it makes for good conversation and debate.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have existed for over 60 years. While other similar organisations have come and gone New Contemporaries has endured. In this time we have amassed great expertise and are increasingly asked by colleagues abroad to help them set up other, similarly successful programmes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sacha Craddock

    The Chair of the Board. Involved in New Contemporaries since 1989, Sacha Craddock is an incredible champion of the programme, loved by all artists.

    Rebecca Heald

    Director since September 2009 Rebecca brings a range of commercial and public realm experiences to the role.