Tale of 50 Yards, -Letters to an unknown lover series [9 saree installation], Kaushikee Gupta, Installation view at University for the Creative Arts, 2018
Turner Contemporary and CVAN South East are thrilled to announce the graduate artists from East Kent universities who have been shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award 2018. This year is the seventh edition of Platform, the annual region-wide project created to support new graduate talent across the south east of England.
This year’s exhibition at Turner Contemporary (Friday 7 September to Sunday 4 November 2018) includes nine artists graduating from BA Fine Art courses at three East Kent universities:
Holly Jones (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Ida Shakespeare (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Little Blood (The University of Kent)
Amanda Nsubuga (The University of Kent)
Lalita Bailey (The University of Kent)
Kaushikee Gupta (University for the Creative Arts Canterbury)
Kuro D. Black (University for the Creative Arts Canterbury)
Ronan Porter (University for the Creative Arts Canterbury)
Ty Locke (University for the Creative Arts Canterbury)
To learn more about the artists and to see examples of their work, see Turner Contemporary’s website here.
Work by graduate artists from across the South East will be on show across five participating galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary. Following an exhibition and events programme, an artist from each gallery will be nominated for the award, with the winning artist announced in November 2018.
“With increased cuts to arts education, Platform is more important than ever, giving early career artists the chance to present their work publicly, reaching new audiences and kick-starting their careers. This year’s shortlist is an inspiring selection and represents some of the best graduate talent in Kent right now.”- Sarah Martin, Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary
In 2017 the Award was won by Sophie Barber a graduate of the University of Brighton’s BA (Hons) Fine Art Practice at Sussex Coast College Hastings, who was nominated by De La Warr Pavilion. More than 61,000 people visited the Platform exhibitions across the five galleries last year.