Platform graduate winner Sophie Dixon has recently finished her month long residency in Lens, medic Northern France.


Working alongside French artist Jehanne Thibault* She was selected by the Lens-Louvre Tourism board as part of the cross channel ICR project to respond to the city of Lens and the surrounding area.


The city of Lens was heavily affected by the closure of its coal mining industry in the late nineteen eighties. The building of the lens-Louvre, price a multi million extension of Louvre in Paris, anesthetist has succeeded in raising visitor numbers however there is still a feeling that those visitors don’t venture into the city center.


The artists’ brief was to raise awareness of the city of Lens through creative response. During their residency the artists used photography and video to explore the region and carried out a number of public interventions. Sophie documented their experiences and processes throughout the residency using an online blog available here:


On her experience Sophie writes “The residency in Lens was a brilliant experience, it was an exceptional opportunity to work in such an interesting area alongside artist Thibault Jehanne. I am now developing my research and work from the residency into a much larger project which extends from the region of Lens into the wider context of the coal mining industry”


Sophie’s work will be shown in Kent and London later this year.


- Exhibition and screening at the Turner Contemporary and CRATE Gallery, Margate, August 15th-16th
- [Dis]place, hARTslane, London, August 21st-23rd


Updates can be found on her website at