New Contemporaries Digital Fellowships

New Contemporaries is delighted to announce the 10 artists selected for New Contemporaries Digital Fellowships (NCDF): Alice Bucknell, Benjamin Hall, Serena Huang, Maria Mahfooz, Kamile Ofoeme, Sandra Poulson, Aaron Ratajczyk, Bryan GIUSEPPI Rodriguez Cambana, Wilma Stone and Maryam Tafakory. The 10 artists represent a range of approaches to making digital work including moving image, animation, video gaming, sound, web, music and photography.

NCDF is in partnership with Artquest, Furtherfield and LUX that has been developed to support the production and distribution of new digital works by a group of early career artists. Through a six-month programme of mentoring, workshops, talks, crits, and peer networking, the 10 artists each receive an artist fee and production bursary to produce new work. The participants will also have access to a personal artist mentor who has experience of working in digital contexts.

NCDF is a new pilot project for New Contemporaries and has been developed as the result of being awarded a Project Grant from Arts Council England.

NCDF Artist Bios:

Alice Bucknell is a North American artist, writer, and educator currently based in London. Working primarily through video game engines, her current work explores interconnections of architecture, ecology, magic, and non-human and machine intelligence. She uses speculative fiction and world building strategies to critique architecture's role in the climate crisis and its contribution to systems of global inequality. She has exhibited her video work internationally and her writing appears in publications including Flash Art, Frieze, and the Harvard Design Magazine. She studied Anthropology and Visual Art at the University of Chicago and Critical Practice at the Royal College of Art in London.

Benjamin Hall is a Glasgow-based artist, gamemaker, animator, filmmaker and writer. After the cancellation of his 2020 Glasgow School of Art degree show, he led the creation of ‘DS2020 Simulator;’ a freely accessible virtual exhibition of his cohort created in a game engine and featured on BBC One. Since, he has facilitated and world built several interactive virtual experiences both independently and in supporting other artists. These include ‘spur.world,’ an in-browser multiverse as part of the SPUR programme; ‘Wretched Light Industry,’ a fantastical collaborative island hosted by Serving the People, New York; ‘Compasses,’ shown at arebyte Gallery, London and the 17th Athens Digital Art Festival; and ‘Brassknocker, 1979,’ which is part of the current New Contemporaries show. He also works to bring regional archives into game-spaces, as on recent residencies with the Museum of Oxford and Jonava Public Library, Lithuania.

Serena Huang, born in Guangzhou, China, based in London, works across video, installation, text, sculpture, and performance to create fragments of speculative narratives in a fictitious reality. Huang graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2020, after receiving her BA on Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2017. She was part of New Contemporaries 2021 and was shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize (China) in 2019. Recent exhibitions include Infinite Finiteness, Restaer Space, Hangzhou, CN; BNC 21, Firstsite, Colchester, UK, and Pending, San Mei Gallery, London.

Green screen queen and Princess of Manor Park, Maria Mahfooz’s practice is often autobiographical and guided by her identity as a visible Muslim woman of colour. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘It’s not easy being green’, Leave of Absence Gallery, London (2020). Recent group exhibitions and screenings include: ‘Another cinema’, Sangeehut, South Korea (2021); ‘Opening Exhibition’, Changing Room Gallery (2021);‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020’, South London Gallery (2021); ‘Time Out Of Joint’, Is This It? (2021); ‘Life in Green’, with Sara Gulamali, Kube Gallery (2021); ‘You Text Nothing Like You Look’ with Hugo Hutchins, South Bermondsey Art Trail, Sid Motion Gallery (2020); ‘Offsite project, Google Maps Residency’, with Sara Gulamali (2020).

Kamile Ofoeme (1987, Liverpool, UK) is a British multi-disciplinary artist and writer whose practice uses visual, audio and performative means to interrogate notions of hybridity, representation, perception and language. Ofoeme studied Fine art and History of art at Goldsmiths University. His work has been featured at South London Gallery, London (2019) Whitechapel gallery, London (2018), ICA, Miami (2018) Stroom Den Haag, Netherlands (2018), Tate Britain, London (2017) Spike Island, Bristol (2017) and other institutions nationally and internationally. In 2018 Ofoeme's work was selected for the Selected VIII (as part of Film London Jarman Award) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 awards.

Sandra Poulson’s work discusses the political, cultural and socio-economic landscape of Angola as a case study to analyse the relationship between history, oral tradition and global political structures. Focusing on her local Luandan experience, history and knowledge to investigate and discover networks between micro political moments and how they reverberate into macro politics. Her practice utilizes inherited societal memory from colonial Angola and the civil war to dismantle contemporary narratives through semiotic and archaeological studies of ordinary objects such as household items as actors in political and cultural ongoing transformations. Which inherently draws the questions posed by the work to the task of decoloniality.

Aaron Ratajczyk was born in Warsaw (1989), now lives and works in London and Berlin. His artistic practice currently includes video, sound and installation, dealing with themes of the domestic and belonging - mediated by technology and globalisation. He recently graduated with the MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths University of London (2020). His upcoming work will be exhibited at the Haus N, Athens (2021), CCA Goldsmiths, London (2022), ICA London (2022). Previously he presented work at the Tree Art Museum in Beijing (2020), RCA CCA in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary (2020), KEM, Warsaw (2020), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2018).

Born in Callao, Peru, Bryan GIUSEPPI Rodriguez Cambana harvests a multidisciplinary practice through the kinesthetics of Afro-diasporic genres of music such as Hip-Hop and Salsa. GIUSEPPI’s work has been exhibited in various galleries, museums, and festivals, including The Queens Museum in Queens, New York, ENCUENTRO in Mexico D.F, and The International Festival of The New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba. He is also a recipient of More Art’s Public Art Grant in New York City (in 2018), and most recently Acme's Studio Award. In addition, this year, Giuseppi will be participating in Bloomberg's New Contemporaries 2021.

Born in Yorkshire, Wilma Stone studied at Batley School of Art and Design and later gained a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art (2018). She is a trans-disciplinary artist who has co-authored a book on street wear, co-produced a feature-length documentary, and spent two decades working across the art, film and fashion worlds. Her moving image and sonic montages collapse the binary distinctions of fiction and documentary and seek to articulate and represent the invisible, the overlooked, and the silenced. Based in London, she has recently begun her doctoral studies at UAL.

Maryam Tafakory (b. Iran) is an artist filmmaker based between London and Shiraz. Her exhibitions/screenings include Rotterdam IFFR; Whitechapel Gallery; Edinburgh EIFF; Zurich Film Festival; Melbourne MIFF; Hamburg IKFF; ICA London; BFI London; Ji.hlava IDFF; Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; UnionDocs; Videonale; and Anthology Film Archives NY. Her work has appeared at Criterion's The Daily and included in The Best Video Essays of 2020 by Sight & Sound magazine. She was twice awarded the Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize in 2017 and 2019, The Best Short Film at Documenta Madrid, and she was the 2019 Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence, New York.


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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.


Eligibility:

• 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 opportunities@newcontemporaries.org.uk 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.

Application:

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: opportunities@newcontemporaries.org.uk by no later than 10:00am on Monday 6th September 2021.