Friday, 9 November 2012

Announcing the shortlist for the Platform Graduate Award

12 October 2012

Announcing the shortlist for the Platform Graduate Award.

Four flagship contemporary art organisations will announce the recipient of the inaugural Platform Graduate Award later this month.

This pilot project, devised through the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) is an inaugural mentor programme between galleries and emerging artists from the South East.

Over the last few months Aspex, MK Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary have each provided a platform for recent graduates from each of their region’s art colleges.

In total 31 artists presented their work and eight have been short-listed for the Platform Graduate Award.  They are:

Turner Contemporary: Dominic Maffia, University for the Creative Arts and Naomi Eaton-Baudains, Canterbury Christ Church University

Aspex: George Bills and Joella Wheatley Arts University College at Bournemouth Fine Art

MK Gallery: Marion Piper, Buckinghamshire New University and Karolina Lebek, University of Bedforshire

Modern Art Oxford: Cara George and Kamila Janska, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford.

A selection panel comprising of artist Lindsay Seers and representatives of the participant galleries will decide the recipient of the twelve month tailored programme of professional development, and £2,500 bursary.  This will be announced on Thursday 22 November at Modern Art Oxford alongside a panel discussion on the role of the institution in the professional development of young artists.

About Platform Graduate Award
Devised through the CVAN South East network, this project has brought together the professional expertise of both the higher education and public gallery sectors for the benefit of young artists.

With fantastic support from tutors and course leaders, teams of curators and education specialists from the four participating galleries attended local Summer degree shows, each selecting a handful of promising graduates for inclusion in their Platform exhibitions.

These have been taking place over the past few months with each selected artist being given the opportunity to work with professional teams during the installation and production of their shows. All mediums were considered and each have shown the rich variety and quality of work being produced by our next generation of artists in the South East.

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