Young British Artists
The name Young British Artists (also known as Britart, Brit artists, or YBAs for short) denotes a loose faction of British visual artists who started exhibiting as a group in the late 1980s. The group came to be known for its flexibility and openness to throwaway materials, shock tactics, novel processes, and entrepreneurial-cum-oppositional attitude.
The coinage of the label emerged in 1988 during the Freeze exhibition organized by Damien Hirst, alongside fellow fine art students who became famous artists linked to the Young British Artists, including Michael Landy, Angus Fairhurst, and Sarah Lucas. Most YBA artists attended the Goldsmiths College of Art, while others schooled at the Royal College of Art.