Saatchi Gallery spotlights the art world's new sensations at Frieze Art Fair

The New Sensations prize
’Untitled (Woven Portico)’, by one of four finalists for the New Sensations prize, Nicolas Feldmeyer.
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As Frieze Art Fair (opens in new tab) becomes more and more entrenched on London's art scene, emerging artists are benefiting from the art mania that descends on the city each autumn.

New Sensations (opens in new tab) is probably the most visible example of that trickle-down effect. Launched just six years ago, the showcase of emerging artists founded by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 (opens in new tab) is now the largest curated exhibition to take place during Frieze - partly due to joining forces with The Future Can Wait (opens in new tab), a survey of young, progressive multidisciplinary artists set up by artist/patrons Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley.

This week the combined show in the cavernous Victoria House in Bloomsbury Square includes the work of more than 50 artists, once again eclipsing all other exhibitions save for Frieze itself.

That it's free of charge has certainly helped garner attention. Anticipation is also building as to who will win the New Sensations 2012 prize - a career-propelling accolade last year won by Jonny Briggs. Judges, including artists John Stezaker (opens in new tab) and Richard Wilson (opens in new tab), have already whittled down the vast number of entrants to a shortlist of 20, who make up the New Sensations section of the show. These include the four finalists: Nicolas Feldmeyer, Olivia Poppy Coles, Rafal Topolewski and Steven Allan.

A new partnership is also adding fresh intrigue to New Sensation 2012. The Saatchi Gallery has invited Absolut Vodka (opens in new tab), longtime art patrons and collaborators with legends from Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst, to create a competition within the competition. The result, Absolut Blank (opens in new tab), selected three artists from the New Sensations shortlist to undertake an original artwork using the Absolut bottle as a starting point.

The chosen artists, Jin Han Lee (opens in new tab), Antonio Marguet (opens in new tab) and Natasha Peel (opens in new tab), are displaying the end results this week; the winner will secure a funding for a studio space.

The joint show of young talent at Bloomsbury House runs until 14 October.

Portraits, by finalist

’Portraits’, by finalist Olivia Poppy Coles, 2012

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Peely Wally, by finalist

’Peely Wally’, by finalist Steven Allan, 2012

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Jungle 3 and 1

’Jungle 3 and 1’, by finalist Rafal Topolewski, 2012

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The New Sensations show at Bloomsbury House

The New Sensations show at Bloomsbury House also includes work by the shortlisted artists. Pictured is: 'Breakfast in Luxor II', by Rachel Hunt, 2012

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Interests Always Come First

'Interests Always Come First', by Natasha Peel, 2012

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I Am The Walrus

'I Am The Walrus', by Amba Sayal-Bennet, 2012t

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Cometes, by Tereza Zalenkova

'Cometes', by Tereza Zalenkova, 2012

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The River Song

'The River Song', by Aleksandra Wojcik, 2010–2012

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This Fecund Lump

'This Fecund Lump', by Eoghan Ryan, 2012

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An Interior Light

'An Interior Light', by Aileen McEwen, 2012

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Clay, by Alex Ball

'Clay', by Alex Ball, 2012. 

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Tattooed Lady

'Tattooed Lady', by Amanda Doran, 2011. 

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Exotic Juice Tutti Frutti

'Exotic Juice Tutti Frutti', by Antonio Marguet, 2011. 

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Medallion 103

'Medallion 103', by Bartosz Beda, 2011. 

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Perchino Borzoi

'Perchino Borzoi', by Claire Moore, 2012

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Stripy Sculpture

’Stripy Sculpture’, by Eimear Friers, 2012. 

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The Forest in Glasgow's Park I

'The Forest in Glasgow's Park I', by Hyojun Hyun, 2011-2012

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Volcano Duck and Three Moo Boxes

'Volcano Duck and Three Moo Boxes', by Jin Han Lee, 2012. 

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Queen Elizabeth - Fertility Goddess

'Queen Elizabeth - Fertility Goddess', by Nicholas Dedics, 2012. 

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