9 Dec 2022 - 12 Mar 2023

Colourful stripes with text on them reading New Contemporaries 2022

Returning to the South London Gallery for the fifth year, Bloomberg New Contemporaries is a group show of emerging and early career artists. The 2022 exhibition features 47 of the UK’s most exciting artists from art schools and alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes.

The artists were selected through an open submission by internationally renowned artists James Richards, Veronica Ryan and Zadie Xa. The artists draw from personal and collective experiences. In particular, the work explores memory, identity and spirituality.

The New Contemporaries 2022 Online Platform includes new writing about the artists’ work. The writers are selected through the New Contemporaries Writing Commissions opportunity.

New Contemporaries was established in 1949 to give visibility and recognition to an incredible breadth and depth of emerging talent. It also provides other vital development opportunities that enable artists’ practices to become more sustainable long-term.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 Artists

Lou Baker, Ashton Blyth, Adam Boyd, Tom Bull, Velvet Butler Carroll/Rudi Blu, Danying Chen, Josh Clague, Eugenia Cuellar, bill daggs, Francesca Dobbe, Charlotte Edey, Paola Estrella, Winnie Hall, Hamish Halley, Deborah Hobson, Eva Hopper, Steph Huang, Kneed – Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham, Gabriel Kidd, Yun Kim, Sarah Lang, Akinsola Lawanson, Lorena Levi, Rudy Loewe, Catarina Ludovico, Jemisha Maadhavji, Leily Moghtader Mojdehi, Mehmil Nadeem, Abi Ola, Beverley Onyangunga, Ciara Otuokere, Meitao Qu, Bishwadhan  Rai, Divya Sharma, Nicole Sheppard, Sherie Sitauze, Katie Surridge, Yukako Tanaka, Kialy Tihngang, Emma Todd, Rosalie Wammes, Theresa Weber, Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson, Zearo and Zish.

“There’s a continued interest in New Contemporaries for younger and emerging artists leaving art programmes because it really gives a chance for many to show at an institutional level for the first time; to work directly with curators and to have their work seen by a wide public. It can really act as a consolidating moment.”

– James Richards, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 selector

Alongside the exhibition, New Contemporaries will present a series of events developed in response to the exhibiting artists’ interests. To be the first to find out about upcoming events at the South London Gallery, sign up to our mailing list.

“they’re always interesting, and every year you get to have a glimpse of what young artists are making right now, and the chance to try to figure who might go on to bigger things.”

– Eddy Frankel on Bloomberg New Contemporaries for
Time Out


  • All spaces are well lit with low noise
  • A large print exhibition guide is available
  • All moving image work has subtitles
  • The total watch length of all the films is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Seating is available in front of all films longer than 10 minutes
  • Ear plugs, ear defenders, magnifying glasses and wheelchairs are all available
  • See our access page for more information

Please note one film in the Main Gallery includes nudity.
Please note there are two sculptures in the main gallery which have low, repetitive mechanical sounds.
Please do not touch any artworks in this exhibition.

Exhibition view

Mehmil Nadeem, The Tender Touch, 2021. Photo manipulation and print.
Velvet Butler Carroll / Rudi Blu, Hit the North, 2022. Moving image. 03 min. 50 sec.
Rudy Loewe, Anansi #1, 2019. Acrylic on paper, textiles. 120 x 100 x 3 cm.
Steph Huang, Future Message 1, 2021. Alumnium, Japanese paper, mild steel, paint,
chemiwood, plywood. 73 x 50 x 22 cm.
Jemisha Maadhavji, Symphony of The Libertine, 2019. Oil, crystals and gold medium on