New Contemporaries Studio Bursary with Bluecoat

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Emily Motto's studio at Bluecoat 2019-2020

Studio bursary in partnership with Bluecoat, Liverpool

We are delighted to announce that Gareth Kemp (BNC18) is the 2021 recipient of Studio bursary in partnership with Bluecoat Liverpool.

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Marfa Abstraction XVIII, 2020, Acrylic on Canvas, 200cm x 200cm

"I plan to use my time at the Bluecoat for a period of professional development, research and making a new body of work. I look forward to inviting curators, gallerists and fellow artists for studio visits as the work develops. My previous studio is full of past works, this opportunity will liberate me and will allow me the time to experiment on new work, working in new ways. I look forward to meeting the other studio artists and working with the Bluecoat curatorial team."

Gareth Kemp

Gareth's Bio

Gareth Kemp’s practice dates back to 2006. Starting as a self-taught artist, between 2014-2017 he participated in the Turps Banana Correspondence Course. During this time his work was selected for John Moores Painting Prize, 2016, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2018. Kemp was also nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts in 2017. In 2018 Kemp was awarded Artists’ International Development Funding by Arts Council England to spend a month in Texas; with the aim to raise his international profile through meetings with artists, curators and gallerists as well as collecting source material for making new work on his return. Kemp was awarded A.C.E. Developing Your Creative Practice funding in 2021, with the aim to make a new body of work, with mentoring sessions with Mark Devereux Projects.



Previous Recipients


Emily Motto (alumni 2014) was the inaugural Bluecoat Studio Bursary recipient between 2019 and 2020. Emily Motto (b. 1992, Orpington) studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. Selected exhibitions include Provisional Conditions at Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London; Taking Shape: Sculpture on the Verge at Pangaea Sculptors' Centre, London; ON&OFF at Proyecto Medellin, Mexico City; Saatchi New Sensations at Victoria House, London; and the December Mostra at the British School at Rome, Italy. Solo exhibitions include Intervals at NLS Kingston, Jamaica; Holdfast at Chalton Gallery, London; and Postures at Rice+Toye, London.

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Blog Post 1: Emily Motto

Blog Post 2: Emily Motto


Oriele Steiner (alumni 2016) received our first bursary opportunity in Liverpool, following on from our partnership with The Royal Standard and Bluecoat . The Royal Standard is home to a vibrant community of artists and plays a significant role in the dynamic Liverpool art scene.

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Blog Post: Oriele Steiner