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‘Platform Graduate Award’exhibition at Turner Contemporary
9 September – 15 November 2015
From 9 September until 15 November, Turner Contemporary will showcase the talent of emerging artists from universities in the South East region, as part of the 2015 Platform Graduate Award. See if you can spot tomorrow's Damien Hirst or Rachel Whiteread.
The Award aims to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent. This year’s ‘Platform’ exhibition showcases the work of eight graduates from three Kent Universities: University for the Creative Arts (Laura Hepworth, Layla Moore, David Vargas), University of Kent (Ben Crawford, Evdokia Georgiou, Nadia Perrotta) and Canterbury Christ Church University (Ida Cholewinska, Lois Proctor).
These eight artists work in a wide range of media, from film and installation, watercolour and oil painting, to wax and ceramic sculpture. Their work draws on themes of identity, the exploration of texture, memory, human relationships and the relationship between art and science.
Platformis a coalition of visual arts organizations in the South East, consisting of Margate’s Turner Contemporary, Portsmouth’s Aspex, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion, Milton Keynes’ MK Gallery and Oxford’s Modern Art Oxford, and has been initiated by CVAN (Contemporary Visual Art Network South East).
Each organization has selected graduates from within its immediate geographical reach for its exhibition. One Platform artist from each gallery will be put forward to be considered for the Platform Graduate Award 2015, receiving a £2500 bursary and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional. The overall Platform Award winner from across the five South East venues will be announced on 31 October 2015 at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
Included among Turner Contemporary’s shortlisted 2014 Platform artists was the overall Platform Award winner Sophie Dixon from the University of Kent. As a result of winning this award, Sophie has completed a residency at the Louvre Lens, exhibited at CRATE Studios and Project Space in Margate and recently screened work at Turner Contemporary as part of Margate’s summer festival, Tribes.
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