The Platform Graduate Award 2020

The Platform Graduate Award 2020

18 Sep - 18 Dec

Our latest exhibition, The Platform Graduate Award 2020 will open on Friday 18 September.

The Platform Graduate Award 2020 presents the work of 12 artists launching their artistic careers after leaving University.

Part of a regional initiative led by CVAN South East, Platform aims to support emerging talent at a key moment of transition, and for this year’s graduates, many of whom have not shown their work in the usual degree show setting, this opportunity feels more critical than ever.

This year’s selected artists are 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).

The artworks in this year’s exhibition include painting, drawing, photography, print, sculpture, video, installation and interactive online works. Grappling with questions about identity, social justice, health and life in lockdown this new generation of artists share an insight into their navigation of what is being described by some as the new normal.

One artist in the exhibition at Aspex will also be nominated for The Platform Graduate Award. Established in 2012, the award includes a £2,000 bursary and mentoring, and is awarded to an outstanding graduate from one of the regional higher education partners. The selection panel for this year’s prize includes guest judge, Turner Prize winning artist Tai Shani, alongside representatives from the four participating galleries.

The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership currently between four galleries: Aspex, Modern Art Oxford, Phoenix Art Space in Brighton and Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Download the exhibition .pdf

Artist Talk - recorded Sunday 29 September 2020. 

Join the artists and Vickie Fear, Curator/Programme Manager at Aspex for this recorded online event introducing and discussing their work and common interests presented in the exhibition at Aspex.