Tom Heatley from University of Brighton wins the 2015 graduate artist award
CVAN (The Contemporary Visual Arts Network) South East in partnership with four other flagship galleries in the South East of England, is delighted to announce that photography graduate from University of Brighton, Tom Heatley, is the winner of the Platform Graduate Award 2015.
Tom, a graduate of University of Brighton’s BA (Hons) Photography, will receive a year-long professional development and creative mentoring award, lead by renowned artist Jonathan Parsons and supported by the participating Platform Graduate Awards galleries, and a cash bursary of £2500 to support creative and professional development.
Tom comments, 'I am so pleased to have been chosen for the Platform Graduate Award. I would like to thank all of those in CVAN SE and the University of Brighton for their support, and look forward to making the most of this bursary and mentoring over the coming year. I am excited about the ways in which my creative practice will develop as a result, and to learn more about the arts sector I am just entering.’
Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion says ‘It is a priority for the Pavilion to develop our relationship with further and higher education and so we were delighted to host this year’s ceremony and to present the award to Tom. The Platform Graduate Award, led by the visual arts galleries in the south east, highlights the extraordinary talent of emerging artists in the region and our collective commitment to support them throughout their career.’
Duncan Bullen, Academic Programme Leader: Fine Art, College of Art and Humanities at University of Brighton, continues. ‘Awards such as this make study and real life opportunity come together in ways which are both exciting, useful and meaningful.’
He continues, ‘Platform provides early professional career opportunities for up and coming artists to exhibit in some of the most exciting contemporary art spaces, but it also provides mentoring and financial support, invaluable to the nurturing of any new and emerging talent.’
Now in its fourth year, the Platform Graduate Award represents the very best of young and emerging artists in the region. Tom was selected from a full cohort of 36 longlisted artists from seventeen universities across the south-east, nominated by directors and curators from Aspex, De La Warr, MK Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary galleries, whose work has been shown in a series of group exhibitions over the summer. The summer exhibition programme offered the Platform graduate cohort the opportunity to work closely with gallery programme teams and they will all benefit from an ongoing programme of support over the coming year.