This autumn, Turner Contemporary is showcasing the talent of emerging artists from East Kent in the Ground Floor and Clore Learning Studio spaces, as part of the new Platform programme
which aims to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent.
Platform launches with the work of 6 artists who graduated this summer from the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and University for the Creative Arts: Jack Coulson, Karen Crosby, Naomi Eaton-Baudains, Alexandra Hanschell, Dominic Maffia, Sabina Tupan.
The Platform programme is a coalition of visual arts organisations in the South East: Turner Contemporary, Margate; Aspex, Portsmouth; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and Modern Art Oxford, and has been initiated by Contemporary Visual Art Network South East.
Each organisation has selected graduates from within their immediate geographical reach for exhibition this autumn. A shortlist of artists from each of the four regional exhibitions will be put forward for the Platform Graduate Award, which includes a cash prize and a year of customised professional development. The winner will be announced in November.
‘We are thrilled to be showing the work of recent graduates. Platform is part of our wider remit to showcase creativity of artists working today.’
Victoria Pomery, Director
‘Platform is an exciting new initiative that provides a space for new emerging artists to show alongside international artists at Turner Contemporary. We hope to build a community of artists who see the benefit of remaining in Kent to develop their practice to create a bourgeoning creative network.’
Sepake Angiama, Curator of Public Programmes
'The Platform Award showcases the range of talent being produced by art colleges in the South East region and our role in supporting the next generation of artists. We expect that the positive experience of working professionally with some of our flagship galleries, including Turner Contemporary, will give the selected artists a helping hand in launching their careers.'
Amanda King, Contemporary Visual Art Network South East
'I have learnt so much in the weeks leading up to the show, there’s no doubt that the whole process has enriched my artistic practice and career. My installation, Connection With The Earth, has been allowed to flourish in this amazing space and has developed to really live within the Turner Contemporary environment. I feel privileged to have worked with an amazing team of professionals that I felt truly knew and understood my vision.'
Naomi Eaton-Baudains, Platform artist
'I have not stopped smiling since I was first offered a place on the Platform Graduate Award. The whole experience has been amazing. From meeting Sepake (Curator of Public Programmes) and the other artists, to seeing the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by the curational and technical team. Having my my film exhibited in the gallery has been a huge thrill. It has been memorable, well worth the sleepless nights...and I'm still smiling.'
Karen Crosby, Platform artist
'Platform was a really great opportunity I did not want to miss; the whole experience enjoyable, fun and exciting. It was great to work with the other graduates across Kent and the team at Turner Contemporary. Platform has opened my eyes to how to make the next step forward in my future career as an artist.'
Dominic Maffia, Platform artist
'I found the whole experience as being exciting and fun but, at the same time, I am taking it as a learning outcome. Exhibiting at such a prestigious gallery as Turner Contemporary is a first for me and I was not aware of all the details that are put together to make a show. Sepake Angiama and Turner Contemporary’s staff guided us all the way through and I would like to thank them for this. Getting selected for the Platform Graduate Award made me feel apart of something truly significant and professional just shortly after finishing my art studies. This means a lot for me.'
'This exhibition has been a remarkable opportunity for me as a young artist to display my work in the leading contemporary gallery in the South East. It has been a great experience and has already proved useful with my own ongoing projects. The building and galleries are fantastic with a exceptional quality of light, looking onto the seascape that inspired Turner.'