Platform Graduate Award 2019
This year Turner Contemporary presents the eighth edition of Platform, the annual region-wide project created to support new graduate talent across the south east of England. This year’s exhibition includes four artists graduating from Fine Art courses at two Kent universities.
The Platform Graduate award is an initiative to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation. Established in 2012, the award includes a £2,000 bursary and mentoring from an arts professional and is awarded to an outstanding graduate from one of seventeen participating regional higher education partners. The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership between four galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary. Follwing an exhibition and events programme across the four participating galleries, an artist from each gallery will be nominated for the award, with the winning artist announced in December 2019.
For more information visit CVAN South East’s website here.
This year’s artists work across a range of different media but are all connected by a sense of curiosity about the environments and spaces we inhabit. Their works explore the body, architecture and materials, often responding to particular sites and spaces.
Sian Hookins is an emerging artist who has recently graduated from the University of Kent in Fine Art. Over the past three years, her practice has evolved with a current focus on small-scale sculptural artworks. Working tactually with a multiplicity of mediums, she draws upon the intricacies of our bodies and the complex relationships we have with them.
During her time at University, she was awarded the Rotary Prize in recognition of distinguished performance within her Degree Programme, as well as the School of Music and Fine Art Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for the most innovative and well-crafted work within the 2019 Degree show. In light of her University courses closure, she has become increasingly interested in arts education and has taken part in various art-based workshops with both schools and arts organisations across Kent.
Jordan Colbert uses video, sound and installation to explore the shifting boundaries between public and private space. Creating work from personal experiences, she reflects on the growing disconnection between people in today’s society and how it affects us subconsciously. It is said that the houses we explore within our dreams are a representation of our inner selves. Colbert’s work visually draws inspiration from her dreams of moving though houses, taking the viewer though her own private space reflecting a sense of isolation and vulnerability.
The work seeks to create an embodied experience for the viewer, as imagery traverses the details of a distorted yet familiar home space. Using old family videos and sound from her childhood home combined with more recent imagery of the current living space, architectural shifts and disjuncture’s become apparent. The threshold between the public surface of the home and the private world within it begin to become fluid.
Sara Jackson is an artist based in Thanet and recently graduated with a First Class Hons Degree in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury 2019. Her current practice is concerned with her working environment, capturing surfaces, textures and traces of the space, playing with the audience’s perception and experimenting with the relationships between architecture, flatness and illusion.
Sara is a 2019 recipient of the Crate Graduate Award, a month long residency at Crate’s Project Space in Margate. Other projects and exhibitions include ‘Intimately Familiar’ a group exhibition at the Aviary, Cobham Hall Independent School, 2019, ‘FAB LAB’ a group exhibition at Folkestone Brewery Tap, 2019, ‘Cornered’ group exhibition at Canterbury Cathedral, 2018, ‘Journeys with the Wasteland’ Turner Contemporary (off site program at Crate and The Clore Learning Studio) 2018, ICR (International Cultural Regeneration) projects (ESADHAR Le Havre and the Margate Calais project at Resort and Ecole d’Art du Calais.) and Lumen print workshop at Turner Contemporary, (2019).
Wren Moat is an artist living in Folkestone, Kent. Her current work focuses on painting, drawing and sculpture. Wren is interested in the relationship between nature and self; the natural world and the man made world; asking questions about wildness and domestication and the relationship between scientific cataloguing as a means of understanding our world and further implications around knowing as owning. Her works reference escapism, avoidance, passivity, agency, vulnerability.