Gareth Kemp

Residency 2021 - present

Gareth Kemp is our latest artist in residence, as part of the New Contemporaries Studio Bursary.

Kemp is a painter, born in Wirral and living in Liverpool.

He graduated from Staffordshire University in 1995 with a BA (Hons) in History of Design and the Visual Arts, and studied his MA in Art History at Liverpool University in 1997. He completed the Turps Banana Art school between 2014-2017. In 2016 he was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize and in 2018 he was selected for New Contemporaries.

We first exhibited his work at Bluecoat in 2008 as part of our exhibition Next Up: Liverpool Art Now and we're delighted to welcome him to our studios.

He said -

"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."⁠

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Education: BA (Hons) History of Design and the Visual Arts. Staffordshire University 1995 // MA Art History. Liverpool University 1997

Turps Banana Correspondence Course 2014-17. Mentors – Jennifer Coates/Covadonga Valdes/Phil King

Exhibition highlights: John Moores Painting Prize 2016 // Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 // Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019

Awards: A.C.E Emergency Response Fund 2020 // A.C.E. Artist International Development Fund 2018 // Bankley Open Call 2017 – 2nd Prize 2017 // Nominated for Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts 2017 // Short-listed for Liverpool Art Prize 2008 // A.C.E - D.Y.C.P funding 2021

Find out more about New Contemporaries here.