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

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Debut Artists filing into the gallery.
On Tuesday, the 15th of March, the Debut Artists were introduced to a prominent collector who was fortunate to pick up early works by the acclaimed Anish Kapoor and the late French artist Simon Hentai. In more recent years, Vernes added the work of young British artist Hugo Wilson to his collection, whose unique paintings have been exhibited in galleries across Europe. The in depth session with Jean Philippe Vernes opened eyes about the dynamics of a relationship between artists and collectors. Vernes revealed that is often not as romantic and exciting as we are lead to believe and often collectors are quite austere and serious characters. What is required between the two parties is rigour and a business-like attitude.

Jean Philippe Vernes sharing his experiences with the artists.

Vernes explained how collectors play an important part in the history and upkeep of art and will buy into things to make a difference to society. He also relayed that although the buzz of the art market leads artists to desire being recognised young, they should manage their expectations accordingly. The collector himself admitted that he loves meeting artists, buying their work and then seeing them gain success and recognition in later years.

Debut Artists listening during the workshop session.

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