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Young British Artists

The Young British Artists, or YBAs, were a group of young artists who began to exhibit together in 1988. Many of them became known for the use of unconventional materials coupled with unconventional living. The term Young British Artists was first used by Michael Corris. Many of these artists were supported by Charles Saatchi, whose exhibition Sensation: Young British Artists created controversy and comment when exhibited in London and New York. Charles Saachi described it as "headbuttingly impossible to ignore".

Ellis, P 2003, 100: the work that changed British art, Jonathan Cape in association with The Saatchi Gallery, London.

This subject guide will help you to locate the resources you will find particularly useful when commencing your studies in this area. Here is the best place to find books, information about databases and a guide to appropriate websites.

Independent studies (IPs): When undertaking any independent study, research or book review you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book an individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research in the Visual Arts.

Library Resources
Web Resources
AV Resources

Library Resources

Use the following Dewey number to locate books on British artists and art.

Dewey numbers

Collection highlights

The exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery confirmed the arrival of the artists associated with this movement. We have two books that focus on this pivotal exhibition.

Featured artists in the Library's collections

Web Resources

Freeze: 20 years on by Jessica Breen. The Guardian, Arts & Culture, 1 June 2008.

Here's to the YBAs, and the best 25 years in British art history by Jonathan Jone's Art Blog

Sensation: Young British Artists at the Saatchi Gallery

Web resources - Individual artists

AV Resources

"Still sensational: groundbreaking works from Young British Artists" - from Christies Multimedia Centre. Features the work of Jenny Saville, Gary Hume and Chis Ofilli.

Referencing advice: The TASC and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard (author/date) format. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

If you are lucky enough to visit the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart there are additional guidelines you will be required to use when referencing material from their O-device. Please ask at the Library or your teacher for help.

Faculty resources: All material purchased by teachers in the visual arts is also available for student use if it is not required by teachers. Many of these resources are inter-shelved with the Library material and may be found by using the Library catalogue.

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