Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021

Exhibitions: FREE

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021


Saturday 25 September - Sunday 28 November 2021


Shannon Bono, WATA, 2020.  New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Tom Harker, Spectral Perennials, 2020.  New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Elsa James, Black Girl Essex; Here We Come, Look We Here, 2019.  New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Bryan GIUSEPPI Rodriguez Cambana, The Sexy Smell of Growth Hormones, 2018.  New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Aaron Ratajczyk, A Hole in Space ATH-BER, 2020.  New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Agnieszka Szczotka, Władysław's Teeth, 2019.  New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Jaime Welsh, The Ambassador's Suite (Rob and Adam), 2020. New Contemporaries artist 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Firstsite is delighted be working in partnership with New Contemporaries to be the first gallery to exhibit Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, as part of the celebrations for our building’s 10th anniversary year.

New Contemporaries annual exhibition showcases the work of emerging and early career artists. It holds a vital role in giving visibility and recognition to an incredible array of emerging talent, whilst also providing access to development opportunities that enable artists’ practices to become more sustainable long-term. Many of the artists exhibited in past years have become some of the most internationally renowned in recent history.

This year’s selection has been chosen by artists Hew Locke, Tai Shani and Michelle Williams Gamaker, and includes installations, sculptures, films, moving image and video games by 75 new and exciting artists.

From Lydia Pettit’s ‘Trouble in the House’ (2020), a two-metre embroidered fabric glove which explores the experiences of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to Noemi Conan’s drawing, ‘Boruta’ (2021), in which a mundane scene from a roadside collides with Polish mythology ­– explore a diverse selection of creative reflections and responses to living in current times.

Following the exhibition at Firstsite, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021 will travel to the South London Gallery, 10 December 2021 – 20 February 2022.

Experience art online

To complement the exhibition, New Contemporaries has produced an exciting online platform to enable audiences to further engage with the artists’ work. Find out more at

Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021 are: 

Susan AtwillMataio Austin DeanChristopher BondShannon BonoAlice BucknellRichard BurtonThomas CameronMaya Gurung-Russell CampbellAnna ChoutovaBo ChoyKedisha CoakleyNoemi ConanLauren CraigAngelina May DavisFemi DawkinsCharles de AgustinDarya DiamondPete G. DonaldsonFreya Douglas FergusonKarolina DworskaMax GöranJanina FryeEnorêAoibheann GreenanBenjamin HallTom HarkerChristopher HartmannSerena HuangINCURSIONSAsuf IshaqElsa JamesNisa KhanSarah KhanDavid LealJinjoon LeeHannah LimLaila MajidSeren MetcalfeHaeji MinKarabo MonarengWilly NabiChristof NüssliSora ParkRebecca ParkinKrystle PatelHanne PeeraerLydia PettitSandra PoulsonLeon PozniakowAnne Carney RainesKatarina RankovićAaron RatajczykDavinia-Ann RobinsonBryan GIUSEPPI Rodriguez CambanaRebeca RomeroBenjamin RostanceTemitayo ShonibareJames SibleyBilly Smith-MorrisSid SmithSean SynnuckAgnieszka SzczotkaJukan TateisiLiorah TchiproutBeth WaiteJaime WelshAdrianna WhittinghamTom Connell WilsonNana WolkeZhuanxu XuRafał ZajkoOrsola ZaneAdam Zoltowski and Žaneta Zukalová.

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