We are thrilled to announce the winner of The Platform Graduate Award 2020 is Louise Hall, an Arts University Bournemouth graduate nominated for her work, 13 Dead, Nothing Said in Aspex's Autumn show.
You can still see her work at the gallery, alongside 11 other graduates until Sunday 20 December.
The jury, comprising of guest selector and artist Tai Shani, and representatives of the partners Aspex; Modern Art Oxford; Turner Contemporary, Margate and Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, selected Louise from a shortlist of four nominated artists.
Tai Shani said:
“Louise Hall is passionate about her work and places it both politically and formally within the world. Her art is committed, multi-layered, researched, ambitious and rigorous. We are convinced that she will benefit greatly from the financial support and professional development opportunities that the Platform award offers, and we are excited to watch her practice and career develop in the coming years.”
Vickie Fear, Curator/Programme Manager at Aspex added:
“All of the artists in this year’s Platform exhibitions have coped tremendously well with the challenging context of 2020, and not presenting their work in a degree show before progressing on to professional galleries. Louise has particularly shone out as a rising star and been a real pleasure to work with, so the whole Aspex team are over the moon to celebrate Louise’s success. We hope that the Award will allow Louise to continue making work which can inspire, and influence change in the art world and beyond.”
Louise Hall is a multidisciplinary artist, focusing on printmaking, sculpture and performance. As the recipient of the Award she receives a twelve month professional development and creative mentoring package, supported by the participating Platform galleries, plus a bursary of £2,000 to support her creative and professional development.
Reacting to the news of the announcement Louise Hall said:
“I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to exhibit with the wonderful artists at Aspex gallery. To even be nominated for the Platform award was unbelievable, to win was a life-changing moment. It's life-changing for so many reasons, to take up space within the art world as a woman of colour to win awards, to exhibit and most importantly discusses the Black British experience in the UK. Winning this award isn't a just a win for me, it a win for every artist and art student who feels their work isn't seen or heard by the institution”
The Platform Graduate Award continues to represent the top emerging artists in the region. Twenty-eight graduate artists from universities across the South East were selected and exhibited by the partner galleries. Each gallery nominated one of their exhibiting artists to be considered for the award, and the winning artist was selected by the jury following an interview process.
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