Sacha Craddock stands down at New Contemporaries

Sacha Craddock is stepping down as chair of New Contemporaries, the organisation set up more than 70 years ago to support emerging visual artists with touring exhibitions of their work.

The writer, critic and curator is leaving this month after leading the organisation for 25 years, having joined shortly after its relaunch in 1988.

“I have, over decades, collaborated with numerous venues, funders and educators to bring the most exciting contemporary artwork to the public” she said. “Although roles within the organisation have become more distinct, my involvement as chair of the annual selection process, however, has meant a constant overview of discussion around which work to exhibit.  

“I have relished the opportunity to see every image sent in, to hear every sound piece and experience all of the moving image submitted. The process, with excellent and intelligent selectors, has encouraged critical and interesting debate. New Contemporaries gives a person leaving arts education the chance to exhibit professionally, often for the first time, without name, age, place of study and gender considered.”

New Contemporaries started in 1949 as Young Contemporaries offering development opportunities for artists to transition from education into profession – David Hockney was an early beneficiary. It has an annual open exhibition selected by a panel of established artists and curators with a rigorous two-part selection process.

Since 2000 Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported the touring exhibition and the organisation, which now offers mentoring, residencies, bursaries, fellowships, commissioning and programming opportunities with our extensive network of partners, has Arts Council funding.

“Sacha’s tenure with us has charted the recent changes in arts education and what it means to be an artist, as well as the developments in exhibition making and the network of museums and galleries across the UK” said Kirsty Ogg, the director of New Contemporaries. “She has left an indelible legacy at New Contemporaries.”


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