The Platform Graduate Award presents the work of 12 artists launching their careers after leaving university.
The Platform Graduate Award is an initiative to support emerging artistic talent to further their practice following graduation, and has been running in the South East region since 2012. Platform aims to support emerging artists at a key moment of transition from university into the wider world. For this year’s graduates, many of whom had disruptions to their usual degree show format, this opportunity feels more vital than ever.
The initiative is led by Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN South East) in partnership between four galleries: Aspex Portsmouth, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford, and Phoenix Art Space in Brighton. The selected artists will feature in exhibitions at each venue this autumn, showcasing emerging talent in the region.
Aspex are delighted to announce that this year’s 12 selected artists: Lucy House, and Lily Tutty (Arts University Bournemouth); Sophie Bazgier, and Laura Buckle (University of Chichester); Julia Da Costa, and Abigail Jones (UCA Farnham); Conor Hallan Clements, and Daniel Webb (University of Portsmouth); Gabrielle Plommer, and Chealsie Wild (Solent University, Southampton); Jenny Andrews, and Anna Marris (Winchester School of Art, Southampton University).
The artwork in this year’s exhibition at Aspex includes sculpture, installation, film, photography, print, drawing, painting and collage, and reflects on childhood memories, the weight of isolation, exploring material processes and hybrid lifeforms. This exciting group of artists create spaces for contemplation, looking back and thinking beyond our current world.