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ANNOUNCEMENT: Platform Graduate Award 2021

18th Aug 2021

The South East Contemporary Visual Arts Network, along with its partners, are pleased to announce the artists taking part in this year’s Graduate Platform Award. 

The Platform Graduate Award is an initiative to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation, and has been running in the South East region since 2012.

This year, the award will be supported by four gallery partners Aspex in 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, Portsmouth

Visit Aspex in Portsmouth between 22nd October – 23rd December 2021 to see work from:

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)

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

Visit MK Gallery between 8th and 31st October 2021 to see work from:

Him Ming Chan (University of Northampton), Jennifer Watts (University of Herefordshire), and Shannon Ryan (University of Bedfordshire).

Modern Art Oxford

Visit Modern Art Oxford between 23rd September – 31st October to see solo shows from:

Fetine Sel Tuzel (University of Reading); Bevan Hill and Will Griffiths (Oxford Brookes University); Beth Simcock (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford).

Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

Visit Phoenix Art Space in Brighton between 9th October – 7th November 2021 to see work from:

Nina Fisher, Anja Blau, and Ainoa Burgos Gonzalez (Brighton University); Katherine Jane Weston Smith, and Harriet McMorrow-Purcell (East Sussex College); and Ross Partleton (MET). 

The next phase of the Platform Award will see the venue partners select a shortlist of finalists of which the winner will be selected by a panel of judges, including a guest judge.  Past years have seen guest judges such as Mikhail Karakis, Harold Offeh, Rosalind Nashashibiand, and Tai Shani.

The winner of the award will receive a £2,000 bursary, as well as 12 months of mentoring support from a practicing artist.

Speaking of the award, CVAN South East’s Manager, Oliver Sumner says:

“This award provides a much needed springboard for artists graduating from our local Universities. It could not happen without the enduring engagement of our Higher Education partners, and of course this year’s four host venues in the CVAN South East network. My thanks go to them all, and most of all to the artists themselves who have amazed us despite the pandemic disruption of their final year”


The winner of this year’s award will be announced at a ceremony this winter.  

Discover all artists featured in this year’s Platform exhibitions here.

Find out more about the Platform Graduate Award, and past winners here.

Images featured:

Top left: Famous City, Regent Cinema, Railway Club ©Ross Partleton (Phoenix Art Space) 
Top right: Moongazing ©Abigail Jones, photo by Abigail Jones (Aspex)
Bottom left: places and faces ©Fetine Sel Tuzel, photo by Fetine Sel Tuzel (Modern Art Oxford)
Bottom right: ©Jennifer Watts (MK Gallery)


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