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Simply put, contemporary art is the art of our time. However, it can be difficult to define specifically as what it means to be ‘contemporary’ changes with each day – what is modern to us will be history to future generations.

Contemporary art is a label, not a single movement. It can be seen as a myriad of new approaches to art that have developed since the 1960s. Contemporary artists take art beyond the traditional forms of drawing, painting and sculpture and embrace new mediums and technologies.

In this first display of works in the new contemporary galleries, several key themes emerge.