press release

S1 Artspace and Site Gallery are delighted to announce they will be presenting Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011. Opening on 23 September, and featuring the work of 40 artists across a range of mediums, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to engage with new practice, ideas and forms.

Established in 1949, New Contemporaries is an important and highly regarded annual initiative that gives art students and recent graduates essential support and recognition at a crucial stage in their development through a high-profile exhibition. One of only two open exhibitions in the UK, participants are selected by a panel comprising influential art figures including curators, writers and artists often who have themselves previously been a part of New Contemporaries, and a rigorous process that considers the work within a broad cultural context. The selectors for 2011 are Pablo Bronstein, Sarah Jones and Michael Raedecker. While in its history New Contemporaries has travelled the length and breadth of the country, it hasn’t been in Sheffield since 1993. Now, in a particularly vibrant and active time in the city’s history, it is the perfect host for this show of radical, bold and experimental artforms.

Louise Hutchinson, Artistic Director of S1 said: “We’re delighted to be hosting Bloomberg New Contemporaries this September in collaboration with Site Gallery, it’s very exciting that the exhibition is returning to Sheffield after almost 20 years. Having the opportunity to host such a significant exhibition for emerging artists in S1’s newly opened studios and gallery space is fantastic.” Laura Sillars, Director of Site Gallery said: “For over six decades, New Contemporaries has provided the starting blocks for artists in the UK. At this point in time as art schools and artists are under increasing pressure, we are delighted to be part of the creative team bringing this important show to Sheffield.”

Rebecca Heald, Director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries said: “Bloomberg New Contemporaries is committed to showing the very best work from emerging artists’ studios across the country. We are thrilled to be back in Sheffield after such a long break.”