Platform Graduate Award Exhibition

The Platform Graduate Award was established by the Contemporary Visual Art Network South East (CVAN SE) in 2012 to support emerging artists to further their practice following graduation.

7th October – 23 December 2022

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.

This year’s award is supported by six partner arts organisations from across the South East and West, including Aspex Portsmouth; MK Gallery in Milton Keynes; Modern Art Oxford; Phoenix Art Space in Brighton; Arts University Plymouth; and Turner Contemporary in Margate.

CVAN South East and its partners are pleased to announce the graduate artists selected for the first stage of the award, which sees their work displayed in exhibitions across the region.

Aspex Portsmouth - 7th October – 23 December 2022
  • Besma Alwesmi, and Annabel Miller (Arts University Bournemouth)
  • Sam Atherton, and Zayd Menk (UCA Farnham)
  • Amanda Berridge, and Amy Standing (University of Chichester)
  • Shalom Nuhu, and Thaïs Verhasselt (University of Portsmouth)
  • Erica Cannon, and Beth Givens (Solent University, Southampton)
  • Eleanor Brown, and Annabel Tennyson-Davies (Winchester School of Art, Southampton University).

The next phase of Platform will see the partner organisations each shortlist a finalist, from which one outstanding graduate will receive a £2000 bursary and 12 months of mentoring support.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges, including a representative from each partner and a guest artist, with previous years seeing Mikhail Karakis, Harold Offeh, Rosalind Nashashibiand, and Tai Shani contribute to the final decision.

Amy Standing Piece 1
By Amy Standing
By Amanda Berridge
By Amanda Berridge

22 Oct – 23 Dec 2021

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.


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