Turner Contemporary

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 installing her work for the exhibition, open 10 Oct – 18 Nov 2012.

Installation day 1
The first day of installing the piece with the help of a crane and technicians. It’s so much more fluid than ladders or scaffolding. The piece is gradually growing into the space. I love the contrast of the bright roots compared to the dull sea and weather outside.

Roots splaying out towards the light. As though there is a connection to the outside world, the sea.

Working on the roots next to the window.

Details of some of the roots trailing across the walls. I will make more small roots splaying out of some of the high cables. Details of some of the roots trailing across the walls. I will make more small roots splaying out of some of the high cables.

Final day of installation
Last day of installing Connection to the Earth. I worked on some of the roots last night to give the longer lengths interest by breaking it up with having the wires split. This is how plants attach themselves to walls.

Working organically and letting the cable twist out it became clear that some roots wanted to have whole twists in them. This was something new for this piece and added a new dimension.

The piece was originally intended to run up the main wall only, but as the installation grew, and I was unable to go near the floor and onto the windows themselves, I wanted to let the piece organically grow onto the wall above the window. Also as I worked up the gallery wall, the process became more fluid and I became more confident with working within the space and just going with what felt and looked right.

Roots reaching towards the light and the environment outside.

Roots cascading over the edge of the wall. I wanted to communicate a plant’s desperate need to reach the environment outside.


The opening of Platform at Turner Contemporary
On Wednesday 10 October the Platform Graduate exhibition opened, with my piece Connection to the Earth.


Connection to the Earth with the sunset over the sea. I wasn’t prepared for how amazing the view is in the evening.

Reflection stretching out to sea.

With the better studio lighting at the gallery, Turner Contemporary has managed to achieve the dramatic shadow effects that I wanted but was unable to achieve for my degree show.

Talking to Amanda King from Modern Art Oxford.

The Platform Graduates. What an experience! I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow artists and Turner Contemporary in our workshops over the next few weeks.


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.

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