Sophie Dixon Wins 2014 Platform Graduate Award

Sophie Dixon walking up to receive her Platform Award by // Matt Ankers

Sophie Dixon walking up to receive her Platform Award by // Matt Ankers

Sophie Dixon has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Platform Graduate Award.

Sophie, from the University of Kent, was chosen out of five shortlisted graduate artists, each nominated from one of five participating South East visual arts organisations. As this year’s award winner for her works And Only Fine Threads Hold Us To Each Moment and Wünschendorf, 2014, Sophie will receive a £2,500 bursary from Platform and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional.

Portsmouth’s own artist Lord Mayor Steven Wylie, and Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England made the announcement at a celebration of the prestigious regional award at aspex on Saturday November 1st.

Now in its third year, the Platform Graduate Award aims to support graduate professional development and nurture emerging talent from universities and colleges in the South East region, working as part of CVAN South East.

Shortlisted Platform 2014 artists from left :  Izabela Brudkiewicz, Rachel Minott, Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts ACE, Sophie Dixon, Steven Wylie, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Holger Kilumets, Samuel Lloyd // by Matt Ankers

Shortlisted Platform 2014 artists from left :  Izabela Brudkiewicz, Rachel Minott, Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts ACE, Sophie Dixon, Steven Wylie, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Holger Kilumets, Samuel Lloyd // by Matt Ankers

Sophie was nominated by the Turner Contemporary in Margate, alongside Samuel Lloyd, nominated by Aspex, Portsmouth; Izabela Brudkiewicz by De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Rachel Minott by Modern Art Oxford; and Holger Kilumets by MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.

Each gallery showcased the work of recent graduates from their region, selected from university and college degree shows, from which the five nominees were selected; overall the work of 31 graduates from 16 universities and colleges was celebrated at the awards event.

Still from Wünschendorf courtesy Sophie Dixon

Still from Wünschendorf courtesy Sophie Dixon

Sophie Dixon’s work And Only Fine Threads Hold Us To Each Moment, consists of a fifty page book, prints and written text about Srbská, formerly Wünschendorf, a small village on the Czech Republic’s modern-day border with Poland. The artist’s video installation Wünschendorf, explores the irreversible changes that the Second World War wrought on the lives of millions, a period of loss and displacement which continues to influence the world in which we live today. These works were exhibited at Turner Contemporary alongside art work by nine other Kent graduate artists from 17th September until 2nd November 2014 as part of this year’s Platform Graduate Award.

Platform partners from left : Hannah Gaunt, MKGallery, Amanda King, CVAN South East, Jo Bushnall, Aspex Gallery, Peter Heslip, Director Visual Arts, ACE, Sophie Dixon, Platform winner, Steven Wylie, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Stewart Drew, De La Warr Pavilion, Clare Warren, Turner Contemporary // by Matt Ankers

Platform partners from left : Hannah Gaunt, MKGallery, Amanda King, CVAN South East, Jo Bushnall, Aspex Gallery, Peter Heslip, Director Visual Arts, ACE, Sophie Dixon, Platform winner, Steven Wylie, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Stewart Drew, De La Warr Pavilion, Clare Warren, Turner Contemporary // by Matt Ankers

Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary, said, “Congratulations to Sophie Dixon on this fantastic achievement. Supporting artistic ambition and talent is an important aspect of the work we do at Turner Contemporary. We are delighted that a Kent graduate has been selected as the winner of this year’s Platform Award.”

Joanne Bushnell, Director of aspex, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting this important event in Portsmouth and welcoming so many artists, educators and colleagues from our gallery partners from right across the South East. Congratulations to Sophie Dixon, and to all of the artists who have participated this year”.

Amanda King of CVAN South East said, “Platform is going from strength to strength, expanding each year with more universities and colleges seeing the value of getting involved. As a successful model of collaboration, it brings together the best of the region’s higher education and cultural institutions for the benefit of developing artistic talent.”

For more on the Platform Awards and contemporary arts in the South East visit FrameandReference.com.

Sophie Dixon being filmed by University of Portsmouth media students // by Matt Ankers

Sophie Dixon being filmed by University of Portsmouth media students // by Matt Ankers