An innovative concept for all aspiring and ambitious artists.

DEBUT CONTEMPORARY is an innovative concept for all aspiring and ambitious artists, showcasing the best of British creative talent across all art disciplines. Dubbed as “Kingmakers” (International Life Magazine) of creative talent, “London’s Top Tastemakers” (Time Out) and “One of the UK’s Most Powerful Couples in Fashion & Art” (The Times Magazine), husband and wife duo Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, the “high profile couple” (Drapers Records) behind the launch of Wolf & Badger, Salon Contemporary (including Artist of the Week, Curator of the Month and Best of British competitions) and First Wednesdays, is now launching Debut Contemporary. Having already discovered some of the big names amongst emerging contemporary artists and fashion and jewellery designers in the last few years, the newly designed gallery space on Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, opened on Wednesday, 2 March 2011, with a special launch party.

Debut Contemporary provides an affordable exhibition and mentoring platform from £95-£145 a week for all talented emerging artists to showcase and sell their artworks where they will be introduced to collectors, art professionals and businesses. The licence fee will entail exhibition space, an 80% net profit from all sales facilitated by the gallery, be it for a piece of art or a commercial deal and most importantly guidance and mentoring by a team of industry professionals. Artists will be prepared with a business savvy mind whilst they maintain their artistic freedom and creative licence.

Be a part of the evolution. To apply simply visit and enter your details using the online form under the APPLY section.

Collectors, art professionals and businesses can support DEBUT Artists by getting involved. For more information contact

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Samir Ceric & Robert Strang at 176
We had a great time attending Future Map’s Special Preview on Wednesday evening organised by our collaborators on the DEBUT Contemporary programme, University of Arts London, and hosted by Anita Zabludowicz and her amazing gallery space in Chalk Farm. It was great to see, StrangMacfarlane, one of DEBUT Contemporary’s ambassadors impressive display of ‘1 To 10’ piece we featured in our Summer show last August as well as other 27 incredibly talented artists who were selected for the exhibition from 400 initially shortlisted and 10,000 that graduated in 2010 from 6 arts schools that make UAL one of the most powerful creative universities in the world. A number of artists we have worked with and will be working through DEBUT Contemporary already feature in Zabludowicz Collection. Medeia Cohan-Petrolino, UAL Chief Curator of the Emerging Artists Programme and one of DEBUT’s mentors, gave a great introduction to the event which was attended by hundreds of people. A number of high profile art critics, curators and gallerists were also amongst the attendees. Hence if you get a chance, you’ve got to go and see the exhibition before it ends. On another note, DEBUT Contemporary will soon be announcing the list of the artists that have made it onto the mentoring programme for the launch. We are thrilled with high quality of applications and will soon be starting a waiting list for the May and August entries. Many artists who presented their work also enjoyed the fact of being filmed in the process. Once more thank you for spreading the word around and look forward to seeing you at the official launch for press and industry scheduled for Wednesday, 2 March 2011. 

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