About YBAs

The Young British Artists started exhibiting together in 1988 in a warehouse in London, many of the artists were from the BA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths.

A series of exhibitions by this group of young artists then took place in various warehouses and factories. One of the more famous of these exhibitons being Freeze, led by Damien Hirst. The works dislayed at these events are most memorable for their use of ‘shock-tactics’, use of materials and their attitudes, both oppositional and entrepreneurial.

Charles Saatchi, of the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, became the main sponsor of the young british artists after visiting ‘Freeze’ and ‘Gambler’, another of the exhibitions. Saatchi was so impressed with what he saw at these events, he has since purchased many of Damien Hirsts works as well as many other pieces by the group of young artists.

For a full list of YBAs, please click here.