Three artists born in the West Midlands have been selected for the 2017 edition of the prestigious New Contemporaries award and exhibition.

Harriet Rickard, Muddafucka, 2016 Video with audio 7 min. 51 sec.

Running since 1949, New Contemporaries works to highlight and make visible some of the best work being made by artists who are new and recent fine art graduates. The application process is open to graduates from across the UK and is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Of the forty six artists selected, three of these were born in the West Midlands region. Caitlin Hazell, who studied at Kingston University, London was born in Shrewsbury; Lucy Mayes, who studies at The Ruskin in Oxford and the Royal College of art comes from Birmingham; Harriet Rickard, who studied at Arts University Bournemouth and the Slade School of Fine Art in London, was born in Kenilworth.

New Contemporaries is a national touring exhibition and launches at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. It runs from 29 September to 26 November 2017, before touring to Block 336, London, 27 January – 3 March 2018.

Caitlin Hazell, Growing up with corrugation, 2017 Sculpture 67 x 117 x 300 cm


Lucy Mayes,Flame painting III, Five small fires, 2016 – 17 Oil paint on gesso board 54.5 x 43.8 cm