Bloomberg New Contemporaries opens at South London Gallery

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Six Goldsmiths, University of London students and graduates have been selected for an annual showcase of work by some of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists.

Giorgio van Meerwijk (2017-2020, BA Fine Art and History of Art) – Untitled, 2019 – van Meerwijk’s living sculptures sit on the uncertain boundary between nature and culture. The organic surfaces relate to another space and time, and seem removed from their natural habitat. Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020, installation view at the South London Gallery. Photo: Andy Stagg

From some 1,500 submissions, a total of 36 artists were chosen for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, which opened last week at the South London Gallery, Camberwell. 

Pieces by Goldsmiths alumni Zethu Maseko, Giorgio van Meerwijk, Ahren Warner, Charlie Yetton, Sangbum Ahn and Anika Roach were selected in 2020 for the show, which originally launched as a digital platform due to covid-19 restrictions.

Representing London, Oxford, Seoul and Toulouse, the Goldsmiths artists have all graduated or are soon to graduate from the BA Fine Art, BA Fine Art and History of Art, MFA Fine Art or MA Artists’ Film and Moving Image. 

The panel of guest judges for submissions included internationally renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder. 

Works are now on display at the South London Gallery’s main gallery and fire station galleries and have been grouped into themes: dislocation and home; landscapes and environment; the body, healing and hedonism; the domestic and absurd; archives and memory; and cyber identities. 

Ahren Warner (2017 – 2021, MFA Fine Art) - 'I’m thinking what would sound sincere, but also like, oh, that’s super cute', 2019 – Warner exposes the fantasy of self-expression by highlighting the global movement of commodities, capital and people, and the imposition of mass austerity in countries that often depend on a leisure economy. Image courtesy of the artist.

Since 1949, New Contemporaries has presented an annual open submission exhibition, which returns this year to the South London Gallery for the third consecutive edition. This year’s show is supported by Arts Council England, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bridget Riley Art Foundation, Danish Arts Foundation, Korean Cultural Centre and the Mondriaan Fund. 

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 runs from 19 May – 6 June 2021 at the South London Gallery, 65–67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH. Download the exhibiton guide and book now via

Entry is free but booking is required, and guests are encouraged to bring their own headphones for use with video works.