The prestigious annual New Contemporaries exhibition opens at Milton Keynes Gallery on Saturday 17 June.
The exhibition, which is sponsored this year by Bloomberg, shows the work of thirty-three artists, selected by Time Out critic Sarah Kent, artist Gavin Turk, and independent curator Jeremy Millar, chosen from an original submission of over 1200 entries. It subsequently tours to Manchester and Edinburgh.
Welcoming the exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery, Director Stephen Snoddy said: ‘I am delighted that MK G is the launch venue for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2000 exhibition. MK G is committed to bringing new audiences to new art. This exhibition offers the people of MK and the region the ideal opportunity to experience stimulating new work in a variety of media by some of the most promising artists currently emerging from fine art courses in the UK – without having to travel far.’
He went on to add, ‘Dealers, collectors, critics, curators and visitors enjoy coming to New Contemporaries exhibitions each year to talent spot possible art stars of the future. As the only venue for the exhibition in the South of England this year we expect to attract many visitors to MK from London and beyond.’
First established in 1949, (when it was known as Young Contemporaries), previous exhibitors have included many of the UK’s most prominent artists, such as David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, and Turner Prize winners Damien Hirst, Gillian Wearing and Chris Ofili.