Platform Graduate Award 2018 shortlist announced

CVAN South East is pleased to reveal the five artists that have been shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award 2018. The artists are:

Luke Dawes (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford), nominated by Modern Art Oxford

Godith Hawkins (University Centre Hastings), nominated by De La Warr Pavilion

Ronan Porter (University for the Creative Arts, UCA Canterbury), nominated by Turner Contemporary

Josephine Rock (University for the Creative Arts, UCA Farnham), nominated by Aspex

Abbie Schug (University of Northampton), nominated by MK Gallery

The award includes a £2,500 bursary towards the development of the artist’s practice and a year of bespoke mentoring support. Guest selector and artist Harold Offeh will announce the winner of this year’s award on Saturday 17 November at a special event at MK Gallery.

Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery said:

Congratulations to the nominated artists who have demonstrated a real energy, enthusiasm and commitment to their practice, working with the teams at each partner gallery. Now in its seventh year, the Platform Graduate Award continues to offer a vital showcase and professional development opportunity to graduate artists as they embark on their careers. For MK Gallery, and the other partners within the CVAN South East network, supporting artists in this way makes a direct contribution to the South East arts ecology.

Thirty-three graduate artists from universities across the South East region were selected and are being exhibited at the five partner galleries - Aspex in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary in Margate - all members of CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East). From their respective exhibitions, each participating gallery nominated an artist to be considered for the award.