Participants are selected by a panel of artists who have often previously taken part in the exhibition themselves. For the 2011 exhibition they were Pablo Bronstein, Sarah Jones, and Michael Raedecker. Over half the participants in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence came from outside the UK reflecting the international intake of the UK’s art schools and their importance in attracting artists to this country.
The artists selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence are Marie Angeletti, Cornelia Baltes, Joshua Bilton, Sarah Brown, Savinder Bual, David Buckley, Leah Capaldi, Alicja Dobrucka, Tomas Downes, Peles Empire, Katie Goodwin, Kate Groobey, Noel Hensey, Anna Ilsley, Kim Kielhofner, Minae Kim, Se-jin Kim, Sui Kim, Ute Klein, Hyewon Kwon, Ian Marshall, Georgina McNamara, Sophie Neury, Rasmus Nilausen, Nick Nowicki, Marco Palmieri, Selma Parlour, George Petrou, Yelena Popova, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Anne Kathrin Schuhmann, Dagmar Schurrer, Alison Stolwood, Jonathan Trayte, David Ben White, Samuel Williams, Lisa Wilkens, Poppy Whatmore, Hyun Woo Lee and Rafal Zawistowski.
Complementing the exhibition were talks and a series of artists’ salons that brought together differing viewpoints to discuss contemporary modes of production and structures of professional artistic development. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition, with an introductory essay by Professor Peter Osborne that discussed the history and definition of contemporary and suggests how we might understand the word in relation to the artworks selected. Texts on the artists’ works are by Patrick Coyle, Siôn Parkinson, Chinmoyi Patel and Heather Phillipson.