Platform Graduate Award Winner 2014 to be Announced

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The winner of the Platform Graduate Award 2014 will be announced at a special event at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth from 5pm–8pm on Saturday 1st November.

Now in its third year, the award profiles new talent coming from universities and colleges in the South East region. Five galleries put forward the work of one graduate, selected from degree shows at their local art colleges, to be included on the Platform shortlist and exhibitions.

All the shortlisted artists work closely with gallery staff throughout the process, gaining valuable skills and insight into working as a professional artist; and the winner will receive a £2,500 financial award and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional.

The five shortlisted Platform 2014 artists were announced on October 9th, from a long-list of 31 artists whose work can be seen in this online showcase.

The participating galleries are Aspex, Portsmouth; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Modern Art Oxford; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and Turner Contemporary, Margate, and the short-listed artists are:

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Aspex, Portsmouth: Samuel Lloyd (University of Chichester), whose artistic practice involves the playful manipulation and recreation of surfaces on collections of found, often mass

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De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill: Izabela Brudkiewicz (University of Brighton), whose practice involves live, repetitive 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), who 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), whose 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), who works with video to explore 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.

More information on all the artists is available on the Frame and Reference website, and keep an eye on Frame and Reference on Twitter for Saturday’s announcement of the winner.