The shortlist for the Platform Graduate Award 2014 is announced today. One recent arts graduate from each of the five participating galleries in the South East region has been put forward to be considered for the award. This year a total of 31 artists were selected from 16 participating universities and colleges. The overall winner will be announced at a special event on 1 November at Aspex gallery in Portsmouth.


The five recent graduate artists who have been put forward to be considered for the award of £2500 and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional are:


Aspex, Portsmouth

Samuel Lloyd (University of Chichester)

Samuel Lloyd is a graduate of the University of Chichester. His artistic practice involves the playful manipulation and recreation of surfaces on collections of found, often mass


De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

Izabela Brudkiewicz (University of Brighton)
Izabela Brudkiewicz is a graduate of the University of Brighton whos practice involve live, repetetive actions in public spaces that push her to the limits of her physical and mental endurance , exploring concepts of sacrifice, failure and spiritual contemplation. At De La Warr Pavilion the artist pushed a large ball made from layers of blankets, wire, paper and felt on a set route along Bexhill seafront for seven days, eight hours a day.


MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

Holger Kilumets (University of Bedfordshire)

Holger Kilumets is a BA Photography and Video Art graduate from the University of Bedfordshire. At MK Gallery he presented ‘Maps & Territories’, an elaborate body of work exploring the meaning of representation through a series of slightly disparate images, and raising questions about photography’s role as a representational device.


Modern Art Oxford

Rachel Minott (University of Reading)

Rachael Minott is a graduate of the University of Reading. Her subject matter dwells on her Jamaican heritage; for her degree show she created a carefully hand-crafted installation of a small regional museum in Jamaica filled with fictional artworks, for which she constructed fictional histories. Alongside this she presented a conference, using real academics, to discuss various aspects of Jamaican cultural and social history.


Turner Contemporary, Margate

Sophie Dixon (University of Kent)

Sophie Dixon is a BA Fine Art graduate from the University of Kent.
Working with video, Sophie Dixon explores the complex dialogues created between ourselves and our external environment, dialogues which are constantly reshaped as we traverse the fragile spaces of memory to find our own sense of belonging in the present.
Now in its third year, the Platform Graduate Award 2014 profiles new talent emerging from universities and colleges in the South East region(see below). Working as part of CVAN (The Contemporary Visual Arts Network, five galleries in South East England – Aspex, Portsmouth; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Modern Art Oxford; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and Turner Contemporary, Margate – each showcase the work of recent graduates from their region, selected from university and college degree shows.


One of the main goals of the Platform project is to develop successful ways for artists to further their practice following graduation. Each gallery puts forward the work of one graduate who will be considered for the Platform Award 2014, a valuable and prestigious award for an emerging artist comprising a £2500 financial award and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional.


For more information on the shortlisted artists, see Artists’ Pages.