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2020 Platform Graduate Award: Selected Artists

17th Aug 2020

CVAN South East is pleased to welcome Turner Prize winner Tai Shani to the selection panel for the 2020 Platform Graduate Award, and to announce the twenty-eight exhibiting artists. 

28 graduate artists have been selected from 11 universities by four network partners from the South East region; Aspex Portsmouth, Modern Art Oxford, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, and Turner Contemporary Margate

Established in 2012, the Platform Graduate Award is designed to support emerging graduate artistic talent, and to help further their practice following graduation.  The award includes a £2,000 bursary and 12-months of mentoring support from a practicing artist.

With selection taking place through the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, CVAN South East, the participating Universities and partner venues are all the more delighted to be able to offer this programme of support and to announce the following selected artists:

From Aspex in Portsmouth; Louise Hall and Evie Redwood (Arts University Bournemouth), Chloe Davies and Daniel Martirossian (University of Chichester),  Megan Georgia Smith and Kayleigh Pyner (Solent University, Southampton), Caitlin Jackson and Ellen Ball (UCA Farnham), Caitlin Holford and Katie Novell (University of Portsmouth), and Emma Siân Davies and Maryam Zahra Kazimi (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton)

From Modern Art Oxford; James Scott and Mihaela Man (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford), Khadija Niang and Natalie Sired (University of Reading)

From Phoenix Art Space in Brighton; Charlotte Guérard, Rachel Atkinson, and Ursula Vargas (University of Brighton); Jessica Davis and Leanne Jones-Starr (East Sussex College Hastings).

From Turner Contemporary in Margate Admire Ncube, Bie Wright, Despina Kaklamanou, Poppy Gentlemen, Racheal Ayodele, Rosamond Boughton, Samuel Vilanova, Teddie Newton (University for the Creative Arts).

Reflecting on this year’s awards, CVAN South East Manager, Oliver Sumner comments:


I’d like to pay tribute to our incredible venue and university partners for their determination to stage the award in what, by any measure, has been a tough year for artists and organisations alike. In a combination of online and physical displays, they will give important exposure to the region’s brightest talents, from a cohort whose degree shows were severely disrupted by Covid-19. We are very excited that Turner Prize 2019 joint winner, Tai Shani, will join our selection panel and we look forward to working with all our exhibiting artists”

Participating venue partner Sarah Davies, Director at Phoenix Art Space, Brighton joins the Platform Graduate Award for the first time this year and comments:


“Phoenix Art Space is delighted to be taking part in the Platform Graduate Award for the first time. In this extraordinarily challenging year when universities and galleries have had to close their doors, support for graduates entering an uncertain landscape is needed more urgently than ever. The Platform Graduate Award 2020 enables us to join our network partners in revealing the high quality and diversity of practice that continues to emerge from the eleven participating art schools”

The exhibitions will take place at each participating venue with a combination of online and physical exhibitions, from August 2020 to January 2021.

Exhibition Dates: 

  • Aspex, Portsmouth: 18th September – 20th December 2020 (physical exhibition) 
  • Phoenix Art Space, Brighton: 7th November – 13th December 2020 (physical exhibition)
  • Turner Contemporary, Margate: 14th September 2020 – 3rd Jan 2021  (online exhibition)
  • Modern Art Oxford: 2nd – 18th October 2020 (Khadija Niang), 19th – 25th October 2020 (Natalie Sired), 26th October – 1st November 2020 (James Scott), 2nd – 8th November 2020 (Mihaela Man) (online exhibitions) 

See the full artist lineup, and their work here: Platform Graduate Awards 2020 | Nominated Artists



Image: It’s Not Just Hair, Khadija Niang, Online installation, 2020 ©Khadija Niang

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