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Announcing the Platform Graduate Award 2023

23rd Aug 2023

We’re delighted to announce the return of the Platform Graduate Award, as the programme enters its eleventh year.

Established in 2012, the Platform Graduate Award initiative was designed to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation.

For the second year running, we are delighted to be partnering with Visual Arts South West which extends the award across the whole of the South of England. This year’s award is supported by five partner arts organisations from across the South East and West region, including Aspex Portsmouth; Modern Art Oxford; Phoenix Art Space in Brighton; MIRROR at 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
13 October – 23 December (Preview event 12 October)
Selected artists: Karl Bailey (University of Portsmouth), Mia Bilbeisi (UCA Farnham), Mia Blake (University of Portsmouth), Harrison Jones (Winchester School of Art), Leilani June (Arts University Bournemouth), Georgia Menear (Solent University), Rabia Raja (Arts University Bournemouth), Luke Wateridge (Solent University), Freya Watson (UCA Farnham), Ren Woolridge (Winchester School of Art)

Modern Art Oxford
Helen Kohl, 21 September – 1 October George Marrington, 5 – 15 October Sarah Catterall, 19 – 29 October
Selected artists: Sarah Catterall (Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University), Helen Kohl (Oxford Brookes University), George Marrington (University of Reading)

Phoenix Art Space
2 September – 8 October 2023
Selected artists: Emelia Archer (University of Brighton), Saul Baraitser (University of Brighton), Bran Flakes (University of Brighton), Sara Paowana (University of Brighton), Em Walker (University of Brighton)

Gallery 101, University of Plymouth, Roland Levinsky Building
7-13 September
Selected artists: Freddie Anderson (Falmouth University), Debbie Bunce (Falmouth University), Georgina Croft (University of Plymouth), Allie Dechow (Arts University Plymouth), Charley Dyson (Arts University Plymouth), Beth Evans (Arts University Plymouth), Martin Foster (University of Plymouth), Richie Johnson (Arts University Plymouth), Zahra Khanum (University of Plymouth), Annie Myhill (Falmouth University), Cate Rogers (Arts University Plymouth)

Turner Contemporary
18 October – 3 December 2023
Selected artists: Charlie Buurman-Davies (UCA Canterbury), Antonia Hazlewood (UCA Canterbury), Jessica Mills (UCA Canterbury)

The next phase of Platform will see each partner organisation 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 Larry Achiampong, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Mikhail Karakis, Harold Offeh, Rosalind Nashashibiand, and Tai Shani contribute to the final decision. In addition, this year the five runner-up nominated artists will receive an award of £125.

The winner of the Platform Graduate Award 2023 will be announced in a ceremony this winter.

Stay tuned for more info on the artists!


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