Finding the Next Young British Artists –

Finding the Next Young British Artists –

charlesCharles Saatchi’s art world claim to fame is his discovery of Damien Hirst and the other artists of the YBA (Young British Artist) movement in the early 90’s. In an effort to recreate the success of the YBA movement Saatchi, in conjunction with the BBC, has launched a new art competition called Saatchi’s Best of British. According to the competition website:

“Saatchi’s Best Of British is a nationwide initiative by the BBC and Charles Saatchi to discover the next generation of artistic talent. It’s a unique opportunity for artists of all kinds. And, for one, the ultimate opportunity awaits as Saatchi has reserved a space for their work at his forthcoming exhibition at The Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. This will be a glittering highlight in the art calendar, providing an international platform for the successful artist to showcase their work and gather widespread recognition.”

Fifty artists will be chosen from the entries received and will have the opportunity to present their work to Charles Saatchi during a private exhibition. Of these fifty artists, six will be chosen by Saatchi to go on to the next stage of the competition which involves attending a London art school for three months. During the art school period, each of the six artists will devise an original art project of their own which they will produce under the guidance of two principal tutors and important figures from the art world. The successful graduates of the art school will then go on to present the work that they created during the art school period to Saatchi who will decide which artists he wants to include as part of the “Newspeak: British Art Now” exhibition that will be shown in Russia in October.

If you feel that you have what it takes to be the next YBA then you need to submit your entry before the 29th of March 2009. Further information on the competition and entry details can be found here:

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.