Platform 2021 Exhibition
22 Oct – 23 Dec 2021
The South East Contemporary Visual Arts Network, along with its partners, are pleased to announce the artists taking part in this year’s Platform Graduate Award.
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 twelve selected artists are: 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.
One artist in the exhibition at Aspex will also be nominated for The Platform Graduate Award. Established in 2012, the prize includes a £2,000 bursary and mentoring, and is awarded to an outstanding graduate from one of the regional higher education partners. The selection panel for this year’s prize includes guest judge, Michelle Williams Gamaker, alongside representatives from the four participating galleries.