The holder of the inaugural Platform Award was announced at Modern Art Oxford on 22nd November 2012. Jointly run by four of the South East’s flagship organisations: Aspex, cough Milton Keynes Gallery, symptoms Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary, order the Platform Award offers profile and support for an emerging artist, recently graduated from one of the region’s art colleges. As a pilot project, devised through the CVAN South East network, it has brought together the professional expertise of both the higher education and public gallery sectors for the benefit of young artists.
Naomi Eaton-Baudins at Turner Contemporary
With fantastic support from tutors and course leaders, teams of curators and education specialists from the four participating galleries trawled local Summer degree shows, each selecting a handful of promising graduates for inclusion in their Platform exhibitions. These have been taking place over the past months with each selected artist being given the opportunity to work with professional teams during the installation and production of their shows. With no restrictions put upon the selectors as to what could be chosen – all medium were considered – the exhibitions have shown the rich variety and quality of work being produced by our next generation of artists in the South East.
Sophie Allen at Aspex Gallery
With the final exhibition of Platform artists opening at Modern Art Oxford on 30th October 2012, a selection panel including artist Lindsay Seers, (commissioned by both Turner Contemporary and Artangel this Summer) will soon meet to decide on who will receive the Platform Award. The chosen graduate will be offered a twelve month programme of professional development, tailor made to their needs, as well as a £2,500 bursary.
Platform 2012 Artists