New Contemporaries Guest Selectors 2019

Rana Begum, Sonia Boyce and Ben Rivers

New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emerging artists from UK art schools, primarily by means of an annual, open submission exhibition. Every year a panel of influential art world figures select participants for the exhibition. New Contemporaries has announced Rana Begum, Sonia Boyce and Ben Rivers will be the selectors for its 70th anniversary exhibition in 2019.

Submissions are open until 2pm on 28 January 2019. For full details on how to apply click here.

Selectors’ Biographies

Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Rana Begum blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial. Exhibitions include ‘A Conversation with Light and Form’, Tate St. Ives (2018); ‘Occasional Geometries,’ Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); ‘Space Light Colour,’ Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; ‘The Space Between’, Parasol Unit, London (2016) and the 11th Gwangju Biennial, Korea.

Sonia Boyce’s work incorporates a variety of media such as film, print, drawing, installation and sound. Her recent work also brings performers and audiences into sharper focus as an improvisational part of the artwork, demonstrating how cultural differences might be articulated, mediated and enjoyed. Exhibitions include ‘All the World’s Futures,’ 56th Venice Biennale (2015); ‘We move in her way’, ICA, London (2017) and ‘Sonia Boyce’ Retrospective at Manchester Art Gallery (2018).

Ben Rivers explores unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects, blurring the line between fiction and documentary. Exhibitions include ‘Islands,’ Kunstverein in Hamburg (2016); ‘Earth Needs More Magicians,’ Camden Arts Centre, London (2015); ‘The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers,’ The Whitworth, Manchester & Artangel, London (2016 & 2015.

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