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.
Here Naomi Eaton-Baudains writes about creating work for the show…
Being invited by Turner Contemporary to show a piece of my work as part of their Platform Graduate Scheme was a complete surprise – an opportunity to show a work made specifically for the Clore Learning space.
This will be the first time my work has been shown in a post-graduate setting so I’m a little out of my comfort zone but ready for the challenge! This is also the first time that I have ‘blogged’ as well, so I thought that I’d use the opportunity to record the process of creating my first piece for Turner Contemporary, ‘Connection With The Earth’.
Two of my pieces in the Canterbury Christ Church University degree show: Our Connection to the Earth ( cable and sockets) and on the left, All Wired Up ( rock wool and El wire) June 2012.
Initial experimentation in the studio. I’m working on a much larger scale so looking at fixings that cannot be seen but are strong and make the piece look organic. I love going to builders merchants to find ways of solving my artistic problems.
Initial sketch for my installation at Turner Contemporary ( August 2012). This has developed over the past few weeks.
I love the freedom of Undergraduate life – getting hands-on in the studio – but I have realised that being part of a show requires a lot more discipline and organisation.
There is so much planning involved and there are dozens of decisions to be made in advance. Set-up starts on Monday 8 and to help things run smoothly for the Turner Contemporary team, I have devised a visual manual with an exact layout plan; it will be ‘cable by numbers’. It will be amazing to see my installation growing in front of me – I can’t wait!
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.