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The Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 announce this year’s New Sensations Prize for UK art students graduating in 2013

— June 2013

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Nicolas Feldmeyer, Woven Portico, winner of New Sensations 2012

Channel 4 and The Saatchi Gallery have announced this year’s New Sensations Prize, which is open to all art students graduating from BA and MA courses at UK and the Republic of Ireland colleges and universities in 2013.The Prize was launched in 2007 to find and support the most imaginative and talented artists graduating in the UK.

Since it was started six years ago the Prize has given young graduates many opportunities – they have sold their work, been taken on by galleries, invited to be in exhibitions both in the UK and internationally and shortlisted for other prizes as a result of their work’s being seen in the New Sensations exhibition.The prize is open to all art students who are graduating from a BA or MA course at an art school or a fine art/photography department of a UK or Republic of Ireland university or college in 2013.

The 20 shortlisted graduates will be invited to show their work in an exhibition in London during Frieze Week in October 2013. Four of these 20 shortlisted graduates will be given a bursary to make a new work to present at the exhibition. Each of the four finalists will also work with Channel 4 film to make a short film about their work, which will be aired in October.The winner of the prize, chosen by the judges, will be awarded prize money to support their future artistic endeavours.

The 2013 judges will be announced in June 2013.This year, for the first time since the Prize was launched, all the entries will be exhibited on Saatchi Online, the largest online gallery for discovering emerging artists from all over the world. Collectors and art lovers not able to attend the New Sensations exhibition in London will be able to discover some of the UK’s most promising emerging artists at

Partnership with Absolut ABSOLUT, as the key partner of New Sensations, will also be presenting a programme of initiatives at the New Sensations exhibition including an ABSOLUT Art Talk on the topic of collecting emerging art. In addition, ABSOLUT will commission works by three of the shortlisted artists who will be invited to create a new work inspired by the ABSOLUT bottle. For the second year running the brand will support the winner of the ABSOLUT commission with a studio fund for one year . This is a continuation of the brand’s long association with artists, including Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Louise Bourgeois. 
New Sensations open for submissions on 10 June 2013

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