NEW PAST features 19 artists from the British Council Collection, celebrating the breadth and energy of the last two decades of artistic practice in Britain. 

As a part of our 20th Anniversary in Uzbekistan, we organised NEW PAST – an exhibition which celebrated contemporary UK art. Bringing together the work of 19 artists from the British Council Collection, the exhibition explored generational conformity and discord in art emerging from the UK in the last 20 years.

The exhibition included pieces by the Young British Artists including Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk and Sarah Lucas. They began to exhibit collectively in 1988 and dominated the UK art scene during the 1990s. They became known for their openness to materials and forms, as well as their entrepreneurial attitude.

The exhibition also featured works by several winners and nominees of the Turner Prize, Britain’s leading visual arts prize. These artists include Rachel Whiteread, Martin Creed, Martin Boyce, Cornelia Parker and George Shaw.

The fast pace of British artistic development in the last 20 years, alongside changes in other areas of contemporary life, has meant that some of these pieces are already considered iconic.

Visit each of the pages dedicated to different artists and learn more about their lives and work through specially prepared videos.