Accepting applications for the Platform Graduate Award 2020

Now accepting applications for the Platform Graduate Award 2020 at Aspex

The Platform Graduate Award is an initiative to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation. Established in 2012, the award includes a £2000 bursary and mentoring, and is awarded to an outstanding graduate from one of several participating regional higher education partners.

The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership between five galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, Modern Art Oxford, Phoenix Art Space in Brighton and Turner Contemporary in Margate. Following an exhibition and events programme across the five participating galleries, an artist from each gallery will be nominated for the award, with the winning artist announced in November 2020.

Platform focuses on artists in the first year after graduation; a critical time when the loss of the university support structure and financial pressures can test an artist’s dedication to their practice. For the participating galleries, this is a way to keep in touch with the most promising emerging practice, and with higher education institutions. More broadly, the scheme aims to stimulate artist networks outside of London and encourage artists to stay in the South East region. For more information about the Platform Graduate Award, Click Here.

The exhibition at Aspex will showcase the work of twelve artists selected from visual arts courses at Arts University Bournemouth; University of Chichester; University for the Creative Arts, UCA Farnham; University of Portsmouth; Southampton Solent University; and Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

Recent previous winners of the Platform Graduate Award include Imogen Marooney, a graduate of Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in 2019; and 2018 University of the Creative Arts, UCA Farnham graduate Josephine Rock, both nominated by Aspex.

For further information and to apply artists should download the Information Pack pdf.
Deadline for submissions by email: Midday, Tuesday 23 June 2020.

To download the Information pack, Click Here.


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CVAN South East aims to be an effective network for the sector in the South East region by working in partnership on strategic projects and programmes, and by sharing learning and information to maximise expertise and creative thinking.

The network is concerned with developing critically engaged art practice, and dedicated to promoting a visual arts ecology that thrives on the inter-dependence of many stakeholders, including artists and art professionals, local government, higher education, not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

CVAN South East is one of the nine regional networks in England that make up CVAN (the Contemporary Visual Arts Network). CVAN South East is supported by Arts Council England.