Platform is a coalition of visual arts organisations in the South East, consisting of Margate’s Turner Contemporary, Portsmouth’s Aspex, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion, Milton Keynes’ MK Gallery and Oxford’s Modern Art Oxford, and has been initiated by CVAN (Contemporary Visual Art Network South East). Each organisation has selected graduates from within their immediate geographical reach for their exhibitions. One Platform artist from each gallery will be put forward to be considered for the Platform Graduate Award 2015, receiving a £2500 bursary and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional. The overall Platform Award winner from across the five South East venues will be announced on 31 October 2015 at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.




Aspex / 3 Oct – 15 Nov 2015


Aspex has selected work by Fine Art and Photography graduates from the University of Portsmouth, University of Chichester, Arts University Bournemouth, Winchester School of Art, Southampton Solent University and UCA, Farnham.


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De La Warr Pavilion / 5 Sep – 1 Nov 2015


The De La Warr Pavilion is showing work from four talented graduates selected from degree shows at the University of Brighton and Sussex Coast College, Hastings. The work is not confined to the gallery space and is currently on display all over the building. The Pavilion will be hosting the announcement of the overall Platform winner from the South East galleries on Saturday 31 October.


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MK Gallery / 1 Sep – 27 Sep 2015


Four, consecutive week-long solo exhibitions between 1 and 27 September 2015, presented in MK Gallery Project Space.


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Modern Art Oxford / 21 July – 6 Sep 2015


Modern Art Oxford has selected a single artist from each of the graduate shows at University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University and the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Platform at Modern Art Oxford is supported by: The Idlewild Trust, Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, University of Reading, and Oxford Brookes University.


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Turner Contemporary / 9 Sep – 15 Nov 2015


This autumn, Turner Contemporary showcases the talent of emerging artists from Kent, as part of the Platform Graduate Award.


Aiming to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent, this year’s Platform exhibition showcases the work of nine graduates from three Kent Universities:


These nine artists work in a wide range of media, from film and installation, watercolour and oil painting, to wax sculpture. Their work draws on themes of identity, the exploration of texture, memory, human relationships and the relationship between art and science.


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