Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery partner up to bring Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 to Hull

Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery are proud to announce they will be hosting the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 exhibition across both venues this autumn.

Humber Street Gallery © Tom Arran

Taking over the entirety of Humber Street Gallery and Gallery 4 of Ferens Art Gallery, New Contemporaries’ annual exhibition of emerging and early career artists opens in Hull on 23 September, running until 27 November. The show will then travel to the South London Gallery for the fifth consecutive year, from 9 December 2022 to 19 March 2023. The hotly anticipated 2022 exhibition includes artists selected through an open submission by internationally renowned artists James Richards, Veronica Ryan and Zadie Xa.

Established in 1949, New Contemporaries gives visibility, recognition and support to the incredible breadth and depth of emerging talent, enabling artists’ practices to become more sustainable long-term.

Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 are: Sarah Al-Sarraj, Lou Baker, Ashton Blyth, Adam Boyd, Tom Bull, Velvet Butler Carroll/Rudi Blu, Danying Chen, Josh Clague, Eugenia Cuellar, bill daggs, Francesca Dobbe, Charlotte Edey, Paola Estrella, Winnie Hall, Hamish Halley, Deborah Hobson, Eva Hopper, Steph Huang, Kneed – Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham, Gabriel Kidd, Yun Kim, Sarah Lang, Akinsola Lawanson, Lorena Levi, Rudy Loewe, Catarina Ludovico, Jemisha Maadhavji, Leily Moghtader Mojdehi, Mehmil Nadeem, Abi Ola, Beverley Onyangunga, Ciara Otuokere, Meitao Qu, Bishwadhan Rai, Divya Sharma, Nicole Sheppard, Sherie Sitauze, Katie Surridge, Yukako Tanaka, Kialy Tihngang, Emma Todd, Rosalie Wammes,Theresa Weber, Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson, Zearo and Zish.

Marianne Lewsley-Stier, Curator, Humber Street Gallery, says: “It’s an honour to partner up with New Contemporaries and Ferens Art Gallery on this fantastic exhibition and programme. Bloomberg New Contemporaries is all about supporting emerging artists and their practice, and that is a sentiment we strongly believe in too. We were originally supposed to host New Contemporaries in 2020, so we’re incredibly excited to finally bring it to Hull!”

Councillor Alison Collinson, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd says: “I’m delighted that the Ferens, alongside Humber Street Gallery, is going to be part of showcasing the work of these talented new artists. I encourage our local residents to take advantage of this exhibition while it’s here and enjoy the rich collection of inspiring works on offer.”

Ferens Art Gallery

Drawing on personal and universal narratives, this year’s exhibition demonstrates a rich diversity of voices and approaches to making. The 48 selected artists include final year students and recent graduates from UK arts institutions, as well as practitioners on alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes.

As well as taking part in the annual touring exhibition, the artists will benefit from inclusion in the New Contemporaries online platform and gain access to a range of mentoring, talks, discussion groups and workshops through New Contemporaries bespoke Bridget Riley Artist Development Programme.

Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries, says, “We’re delighted to bring New Contemporaries to Hull to engage audiences in this vibrant arts ecology. The last two years have brought some profound challenges to the arts, especially for emerging and early career artists in terms of the support and opportunities that they have been able to access.

“It has also pushed social justice issues to the fore with dynamic debates and actions taking place. This year’s exhibition presents many artists using art to confront issues of equality – social, race, gender, sexuality, as well as works which revisit history and memory to reimagine the present and future. The result is a survey of art of our time.

“New Contemporaries is committed to continuing to find new ways to support the community we serve to ensure that they continue to have a platform for their voices to be heard.”

Alongside this exhibition, both venues will be hosting supporting events as part of a public programme. A variety of participating artists will take part in an Online Artist Talk on 28 September from 6pm to 7:30pm, hosted digitally via Zoom, as well as an in-person Artist Talk at Humber Street Gallery on 10 November, part of their Thursday Lates series of events. On the last Sunday of every month of the exhibition being open, visitors can join a free hourly tour of the works across both buildings, run by HEY! Volunteers. These start at both galleries on the hour from 1pm, with the last tour starting at 3pm. Visitors can turn up to either site to begin their guided tour.

There’ll be an opportunity to meet some of the artists at the official Exhibition Launch Party at Humber Street Gallery from 6pm to 9pm on 22 September, a celebration of the works and artists selected. Humber Street Gallery will also offer thirty-minute Lunchtime Curator Tours of the works in Space 1 and 2 of their building, every Thursday at 12pm throughout the duration of the exhibition. During October half-term on 26 October, the venue will offer a special Kids Curator Talk, aiming to explore the art on display with families and young people of the city, aged between 11 and 16 (KS3/4).

Tickets for all events that require booking can be found on the galleries’ websites and on Eventbrite:

Throughout the exhibition run, a range of visual arts activities will be taking place across venues in the city, including Artlink, Feral Art School, HARI and Shirethorn House.

For more information about Humber Street Gallery and the works being displayed in the venue visit or follow on Facebook/Instagram at (@HumberStreetGallery) or Twitter (@HumberStGallery).

For more information about Ferens Art Gallery and the works being displayed in the venue visit or follow on Facebook/Instagram at (@FerensArtGallery) or Twitter (@HullFerens).

For more information about New Contemporaries and the featured artists, visit or follow on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube/Twitter @NewContemps #NewContemps #NC22Hull.