Platform Award 2020 Virtual Exhibition
This year we are presenting the ninth edition of The Graduate Platform award online.
The award, established in 2012, is an initiative created to nurture emerging talent and to support recent fine art graduates in their professional development. Each year, an artist is chosen for the award from one of fifteen participating regional universities. They receive a bursary of £2,000, as well as a bespoke 12-month mentorship programme.
This year, we have chosen a shortlist of eight artists from the BA Fine Art course at The University of the Creative Arts (UCA) in Canterbury. Following the exhibition, one artist will be nominated for the award – with the winner announced in December 2020. Turner Prize 2019 winner Tai Shani is on selection panel for the 2020 Platform Graduate Award. While in previous years the shortlisted artists have showcased their work on-site in the gallery, this year, due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the exhibition is taking place online and you can explore the work of the nominated artists below.
The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East), a partnership between five galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, Milton Keynes Gallery, Modern Art Oxford, Phoenix Art Space in Brighton, and Turner Contemporary. It seeks to promote close working relationships between galleries in the South East and their local Higher Education institutions, as well as enhancing and fostering new talent within the region.