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BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2014 Artists Snapshot   Taking the pulse of the country's emerging art practice, this year's Bloomberg New Contemporaries selected 55 artists from art schools across the UK; spanning from The Glasgow School of Art to University College Falmouth, from Manchester Metropolitan University to Norwich University College of the Arts, and from Nottingham Trent University to the Royal College of Art.

Giving an insight into the trends of contemporary art schools, we bring you a snapshot of what to expect from this year's show as we gear up for our launch at World Museum, Liverpool as part of Liverpool Biennial, from 20 September – 26 October 2014 before touring to ICA, London, from 26 November 2014 – 25 January 2015 .

Yi Dai's works appear to be abstract in nature, but on closer inspection reveal that highly charged materials such as the artist’s own hair, broken mirror and stockings are also used in the process of making. This provocative and seductive materiality adds another layer of meaning and interpretation to the forms employed by the artist in her series of works for this year's show.

Katie Hayward's work stems from her curiosity into individual desires. In this case, her exquisite drawings and inflatable sculptures attempt to reach, quite literally, exaggerated and unrealistic heights.

Working in painting, installation and performance, for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 Charles Richardson uses video as a means to explore male identity and experience in contemporary culture. Using 3D scanning, Rehearsal is equally contemporary and distant, as it is nostalgic and intimate. Constructing a series of portraits, the animated 3D heads are provisional hybrids made of human head and every day detritus. Explored through 360°, the forms often reveal a hollowed out interior space, reflecting the palpable vulnerability of Richardson's semi-heroic figures.

Simon Senn hired a stranger to talk about his work based on a South African township at 2012’s New Contemporaries. Last year he returned with Purlieus Tales, another intense video about violence in international suburbs. Through his deliberately candid filming technique and interventions, Senn reveals and heightens existing tensions within a given social setting. This year he’s back with Just Let Go, which sets up the intriguing proposition of dealing with the current global financial crises through the creation of cathartic experiences that aim to release anxiety.

Xin Shen's Snow Country, shot in Norway and Sweden, is a study of Sino-Japanese relations and the legacy of tension between the two countries from World War II. Resonating with Yasunari Kawabata’s novel of the same title, the work looks at the representation of relationships, trauma and reconciliation through cinematic space.

Ian Tricker's sculptures play a perceptual trick with the viewer, suggesting weights, materials and processes of making that belie reality. For this year's Bloomberg New Contemporaries, his sculpture Flux centres on the work's perceived weight balancing on its smallest part, providing a sense of anticipation and tension, whilst Gravity II focuses on the sculpture's surface being pulled by gravity, a theme that consistently appears in Tricker's recent body of work.   Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 are: Lucy Beech, Dinah Berger, Louise Bradley, Jesc Bunyard, Matt Copson, Racheal Crowther, Yi Dai, Tajinder Dhami, Bee Flowers, Alice Gauthier, Marco Godoy, Victoria Grenier, Stacey Guthrie, Alice Hartley, Katie Hayward, Edward Hill, Yussef Hu, Matthew Humphreys, Henry Hussey, Marie Jacotey-Voyatzis, Lucy Joyce, Melissa Kime, Xiao-Yang Li, Inga Lineviciute, Andrea Medjesi-Jones, Jonathan Meira, MKLK, Ebrel Moore, Emily Motto, Emely Neu, Laura O'Neill, Lydia Ourahmane, Athena Papadopoulos, Catherine Parsonage, Imran Perretta, Miroslav Pomichal, Charles Richardson, Simon Senn, Xin Shen, Will Sheridan Jr., Mustafa Sidki, David Cyrus Smith, Marilia Stagkouraki, Jane Stobart, John Thole, Ian Tricker, Camille Summers-Valli, Milou van der Maaden, Tess Vaughan, Adam Wallace, Deborah Westmancoat, Joseph Whitmore, Frances Williams, Ben Zawalich and Adam Zoltowski.