You read it here first: one of the most influential art competitions in the UK is to be extended into the USA and Scandinavia in 2012/2013. New Sensations, which has launched some famous artists, is currently only open to those graduating from BA or MA courses at recognised art schools in the UK, but that is planned to change, starting from next year when the Saatchi Gallery intends to throw open the competition to budding artists abroad, starting with the USA and Scandinavia.
Since its inception, New Sensations has become one of the most respected identifiers of talented artists who have already competed against their peers to get into art schools, then have successfully completed the rigorous training of their chosen establishments. Many go on to be collected artists.
The Saatchi Gallery's spokesperson, Francesca Brooks, tells TMR: “New Sensations is the leading competition which identifies the top young artists each year. They have all been through art schools, emerged with high qualifications, and to be named in New Sensations is the icing on the cake for them."
The winners for 2011 have just been announced. The Saatchi Gallery, in conjunction with Channel 4 television, has awarded the top prize to Jonny Briggs, who graduated from the Royal College of Art, London this year with an MA. The judges have also decided to award a Special Commendation to Gabriella Boyd who completed her BA this year at the Glasgow School of Art.
The two other finalists are Ronin Cho from Goldsmiths, University of London and Krystina Naylor from Nottingham Trent University. Their works, along with those of the 16 other nominated artists, can be seen at the New Sensations exhibition which is being held jointly with a sister show,The Future Can Wait, at B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA. The exhibition is open to the public (free entry) from Tuesday 11 - Monday 17 October 2011, 11am - 6.30pm. The exhibition is open until 9pm on Saturday 15 October.
New Sensations was launched by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 to find and support the most imaginative and talented young artists in the UK and to present their work to an international audience during Frieze Week.
Similarly, The Future Can Wait was conceived by Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley as an ambitious, curated exhibition of young artists offering an alternative experience to the traditional gallery and art fair systems.
For more information:
My previous TMR article on New Sensations