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  • 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. 

The Platform Graduate Award will be open to the public at Turner Contemporary from Friday 7 September to Sunday 4 November 2018.

Find out more about the Platform Graduate Award 2018 here.

Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Wed 18 Jul 2018