New Contemporaries Digital Fellowships


New Contemporaries Digital Fellowships

New Contemporaries is delighted to announce that applications for our new pilot project New Contemporaries Digital Fellowships (NCDF) are now open. This digital commissioning, learning and mentoring opportunity for emerging and early career NC artists is developed in partnership with Artquest, Furtherfield and Lux. NCDF will offer 10 x artists (who have been selected for New Contemporaries between 2016 and 2021 inclusive) practical skills and advice to help produce and distribute work digitally through mentoring, workshops, talks, crits, networking opportunities and financial assistance. Each artist will be offered £2,000 as a fee and for production costs to produce work to be presented on NC’s digital channels.

NCDF artists will form a peer group and have contact with the curatorial teams at New Contemporaries, Lux and Furtherfield to grow their networks. Each artist will be each have access to a personal artist mentor, from a group of practitioners who have experience of working in digital contexts including David Blandy, Benedict Drew, Adham Faramawy, Evan Ifekoya, Harold Offeh, Erica Scourti, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman. NCDF will allow artists to test new ideas, empowering them to make and maintain a step change in their practices.

The NCDF programme will be delivered remotely between Nov 2021-April 2022. Mentoring sessions will be arranged with the assigned mentor. All of the participants will come together online once a month for the crit, talks, workshops and networking sessions which will take place on Wednesday afternoons: 3rd Nov, 1st Dec, other dates in 2022 TBC.

We would particularly welcome applications from artists who identify as being Black, Asian or ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+ or as having disabilities, along with other socio-economic groups who may have not had access to similar opportunities. Our selection process will also consider participants’ geographic spread across the UK and range of practices and approaches to making work. NCDF has been developed as the result of being awarded a Project Grant from Arts Council England.


• Artists must have been selected for New Contemporaries between 2016 to 2021 inclusive.

• Be based in the UK and available for all elements of the learning and mentoring programme.

Access Support:

We want to make the application process accessible, and welcome video and audio submissions. If you would like to submit an application in this way or require assistance with the application process, please contact  at least 7 working days ahead of the deadline.

There is a section in the application for you to let us know about the kind of access support you may require during the fellowship. 


To apply please fill out the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form in 11-point font, containing the information below:

  1. Artist’s Name and year you were part of New Contemporaries
  2. Artist CV containing contact details. No more than 1 page of A4
  3. Short statement about your work and practice
  4. Brief outline of the project that you would like to focus on through NCDF
  5. Summary of how the opportunity will benefit your practice
  6. Access Support
  7. A maximum of 5 examples of your work

You must save your application form as a PDF document titled in the following way: FirstnameLastname_NCDF2021

Please send both your PDF application and Equal Opportunities Form to: by no later than 10:00am on Monday 6th September 2021.