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  • Stephen Foy- Philp
  • Kieran Rock
  • Adina Breden Thorpe
Fri 15 Sep - Sun 5 Nov 2017

This year Turner Contemporary presents the sixth edition of Platform, the annual region-wide project created to support new graduate talent across the south east of England. This year’s exhibition includes seven artists graduating from Fine Art courses at three Kent universities:

Canterbury Christ Church University (Edward Byard, Stephen Foy-Philp), The University of Kent (Luiza Jordan and Tayler Goatier) and University for the Creative Arts Canterbury (Adina Breden-Thorpe, Kieran Rook, Janine Weger).

The Platform Graduate award is an initiative to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation. Established in 2012, the award includes a £2,500 bursary and mentoring from artist Jonathan Parsons and is awarded to an outstanding graduate from one of sixteen participating regional higher education partners. The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership between five galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary. Follwing an exhibition and events programme across the five participating galleries, an artist from each gallery will be nominated for the award, with the winning artist announced in December 2017.

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Edward Byard

Canterbury Christ Church University

Edward Byard’s work focuses on the construction of an idea or memory, realised through abstracted minimalist forms. His sculptures develop through a process of experimentation where ideas are constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed again.

Having graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University, Edward intends to remain in Kent and continue his artistic practice.


Stephen Foy- Philp

Canterbury Christ Church University

“People. People and everything we do are at the centre of my work as an artist. I am interested in our approach to life and the ways we use it.”

Stephen Foy-Philp originally applied to do a Business Computing and Sports Psychology course at Canterbury Christ Church University but after a sudden u-turn, several long talks with tutors, two interviews and a lot of nerves he was eventually given a place in the Fine Art department. His works focus on building personal connections, engaging with audiences and bringing about positive change.

Stephen continues to live and work in Kent and recent projects include curating the exhibition Meanwhile at Strange Cargo, Folkestone (2017); illustrating a children’s book with author Penelope Reilly and working on Project 17 a music and art project for Orchestra ONE and Kent Music.

See Stephen Foy-Philip's portfolio here.


Luiza Jordan

The University of Kent

Luiza Jordan works with space and architecture and explores the uses of material in relation to gender. Large immersive clusters of material evolve in raw, organic processes as her interventions attempt to find hidden connections between materials, spaces, buildings and architecture. By using places of transition, and situating her work in spaces with industrial and institutional sensibilities, she injects a sense of new, feminine, unbound and constantly mutating life.

Based in Sidcup, Kent, Luiza works for Your Beautiful Day, designing weddings across Kent and Medway. She will begin an MA in Interior and Spatial design this autumn at Chelsea College of Art.

Group exhibitions include Show Don’t Tell, Guildhall Museum, Rochester, 2016; Loading..,  Chatham House, Rochester, 2016; Reverberate, Chatham Historic Dockyard, 2017; We are Human-ish,  Studio 3, Canterbury, 2017.

You can follow Luiza on Instagram here.

And see her portfolio on her website.


Tayler Goatier

The University of Kent

“Delicacy. A fragile object or an expensive cuisine. Both spheres colliding, creating both the beautiful and the brittle.”

Tayler Goatier works primarily in sculpture and installation. Being diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) at the age of 1, Goatier spent the majority of her childhood in hospital making art. Her current practice explores disability. Using herself as her main source of research, she explains the physicality of her condition by using meringues as a metaphor for her fragility and constant reconstruction to her own skeleton.

Tayler lives and works between Essex and London. She is also a food blogger. Recent exhibitions include Reverberate, The University of Kent, 2017 and WE ARE HUMAN-ISH, Canterbury, 2017.


Kieran Rook

University for the Creative Arts Canterbury

Kieran Rook makes assemblages that sit somewhere between painting and sculpture. The cavities and negative spaces within the structures reveal unique abstract compositions as the viewer moves about the piece. Kieran describes these works as “chords” and the viewers movement around the object as the “rhythm” in which the artwork is perceived.

Kieran’s work makes connections between music and visual art exploring the temporality of rhythm, form, objects, and investigating the artwork and the viewer’s relationship to the exhibition space.

As well as taking part in Platform at Turner Contemporary Kieran will be showing work in Optic Illusions at the Brewery Tap Project Space, during the Folkestone Triennial.    

See Kieran Rock's portfolio here.  

Adina Breden-Thorpe

University for the Creative Arts Canterbury

Based in the South-East Adina Breden-Thorpe creates drawings, sculptures and installations that explore the relationship between space and materials. Her works move from one medium to another as drawings take on a physical form, ‘escaping’ from the frame of the paper into two- and three- dimensions as wall drawings and sculptures. Using repetitive shapes and colours that reference Constructivists such as El Lissitzky her playful works embrace a love of experimentation and a fascination with process.   

Recent group exhibitions include: Stour Valley Creative, King’s Woods (2016), Resort Studios, Margate (2015) and a solo exhibition at UCA, Kirk Hall Way (2017)

See Adina Breden-Thorpe's portfolio here.


Janine-Chantal  Weger

University for the Creative Arts

Janine-Chantal Weger was born in Tyrol in Austria. She worked with the Austrian painter and sculptor Patricia Karg before moving to the UK in 2014.

Her recent series of paintings ‘The Walk of the Line’ show abstract spaces that emerged from memory. The pictures and their titles relate to spaces, architectural structures and scenes from real life. Her practice involves a constant experimentation with paint and the tools for painting and she creates her own brush-tools and wooden stands that enable a greater variety of strokes and movements. The resulting paintings draw attention to the movement of the line, the surface of the canvas and the relationships between colours. Alongside her painting Janine-Chantal produces photographic studies exploring the urban environment.

Janine-Chantal graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury. She is currently working between the UK and Austria.

See Janine-Chantal Weger's portfolio here.