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Platform Alumni Artist Focus – Olive Sanderson

1st Jun 2018

Olive Sanderson was nominated by MK Gallery for the Platform Graduate Award 2016 for their University of Northampton degree show work.

“Currently I’m working on a list of all of the free art resources in Leeds. I’ve only been here a year and a half, and I miss all the opportunities you get at University, so I’m trying to make the whole city act like a Uni for me. The list will be made public and spread around for everyone to use.

“As someone who moves around a lot (five places so far this year) I’ve been collecting signs to do with movement (triathlon finish lines, Tour de Yorkshire and for sale signs). I’m planning to make a flatpack Louis XVI style writing table using them.

“And I’m bin-diving at VUE cinema, and planning an ad hoc residency there using things they throw away. So far I have a VUE branded iPod, and a few branded aprons and t-shirts. Planning to make balaclavas out of the Ben & Jerry’s aprons.

“Being given a solo show was the best part of Platform. I removed a suit that I had worn every day for a year and hung it up as part of the show at MK Gallery. It was good to be able to work with MK Gallery Curator Simon Wright to organise the show times around this event.

“I’m just coming up to the end of School Of the Damned 2018, the alternate self-organised MA course that I’m part of. We have a show in London at Sluice Space in August, and a group show in Glasgow called HELL opening at the end of August.”

Olive Sanderson staged an Instagram takeover on 1 June.

Image: Curtain suit, 1 year performance, 2015-16, Olive Sanderson

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