MORE, MORE, MORE, Ronan Porter, Installation of Paintings – Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas, 2018.
This year Turner Contemporary presents the seventh 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 nine artists graduating from Fine Art courses at three Kent universities.
From Canterbury Christ Church University are artists Holly Jones, and Ida Shakespeare; From The University of Kent are artists Little Blood, Amanda Nsubuga, and Lalita Bailey; and from University for the Creative Arts Canterbury are artists Kaushikee Gupta, Kuro D. Black, Ronan Porter, and Ty Locke
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 an arts professional and is awarded to an outstanding graduate from one of seventeen 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 November 2018.
For more information visit CVAN South East's website here.
Above: Tale of 50 Yards, -Letters to an unknown lover series [9 saree installation], Kaushikee Gupta, Installation view at University for the Creative Arts, 2018
Kaushikee Gupta, University for the Creative Arts
Born and brought up in India, Kaushikee Gupta is a story teller from all the places her mind hasn’t ventured yet. After graduating from the University for the Creative Arts with BA (HONS) in Fine Art , she is looking forward to her Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art. Gupta believes that art does not replicate and capture a moment; instead she creates spaces using sound and texts, amalgamates them in her installations and mires the viewers inside the space of the present with its rhythm. Thus, drawing bodies into sensations not yet experienced.
Above: Kuro D. Black, Colour Burst, 2018. Installation view at University of the creative arts, 2018
Kuro D. Black, University for the Creative Arts
As an artist, Kuro D. Black is currently exploring abstract paintings using his Caribbean roots, being half St. Lucian and half Jamaican, his is intrigued by his family’s history of slavery and being colonized, which raises many questions and has made him question his own identity. He explores these ideas through painting, having specifically developed an abstract visual language that combines the brightness and beauty that he associates with the Caribbean with its dark and untold history. The abstraction in his work represents a piece of his soul, allowing him to infuse the works with his emotions through their randomness and disorder. The colour palette reflects the colours he sees in his everyday life, combining his Caribbean heritage with his British upbringing.
Above: I guess, in a way, I’m grateful, Holly Jones, canvas on studio wall at Sidney Cooper Centre, 2018
Holly Jones, Canterbury Christ Church University
Holly Jones' work consists of two components: addressing outdated art traditions, and using art as a therapeutic tool. She has always used art as therapy, but recently has also been using art to question elitist traditions. Jones believes art should be for everyone, not just those who can afford it; art is good for the soul, and everyone should have the opportunity to create. Recently she has created work using cheap, nontraditional materials, which have led her to tackle the biggest question of all: What is art? And who are we to define what is and what is not art?
Above: Led into Beauty, Amanda Nsubuga, view at Turner Contemporary 2018
Amanda Nsubuga, The University of Kent
Amanda Nsubuga is a multimedia artist of East African descent, born in London, England. Nsubuga completed a BA Fine Art degree at The University of Kent in 2018. Her work depicts women of colour, and their external beauty, often young girls but sometimes uses herself as a character. She has described her work as non-fictional, with her chosen subjects relating to her own narratives and still representing themselves, exploring personal anecdotes. Nsubuga cites Contemporary artists Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi as influences. Recently, Amanda Nsubuga exhibited at the Old Truman Brewery in London.
Above: A series of found planks of wood witch I lathed half into a pole, secured together in order of thickness, Ty Locke, 2018. Lathed, Found Wood.
Ty Locke, University for the Creative Arts
Ty Locke is a practicing artist that has been consistently interested in lighthearted, playful sculpture that pushes the boundaries of absurdity. He had a part time job in a children’s play centre, ‘The Big Fun House’, where, ironically, he spent most of his time engaged in tedious and mundane tasks. He explored this within his practice using monotonous processes, setting himself rules to follow, and committing to his irrationality to create absurd, dysfunctional objects. Ty recently graduated from UCA Canterbury and will be pursuing an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, after a year in Margate.
Above: 'Broken' and 'The pain within', Ida Shakespeare. A part of two different installations, which follow the same theme of ‘Emotional Stuggles’, Ida Shakespeare, 2018
Ida Shakespeare, Canterbury Christ Church University
Ida Shakespeare sees Art as a medium of communication and expression, in which symbolism and metaphors hold a great importance. She is interested in the therapeutic nature of art and believe it can facilitate expression when words aren’t enough, or can’t be found. To her, that is a powerful line of communication. She aims to tell a story through the shapes and materials she uses. Her theme ‘Emotional Struggles’ captures her own difficult emotions, as well as those of others. Mental health is a taboo, and she enjoys the fact that her work forces the viewer to address it, through visual aspects.
Above: Lalita Bailey
Lalita Bailey, The University of Kent
Lalita believes that creativity is the most liberating tool we have. Through her practice Lalita aims to continue to collaborate with young people both as a primary teacher and as an artist. The arts are under attack and are losing funding, because of this Lalita is committed to promoting the arts so that young people can have further opportunities and a platform to express themselves and showcase their work to their community. Lalita believes that collaboration is key because life can only be lived successfully through shared perspectives. Lalita aims to begin a dialogue from the outset.
Lalita has collaborated with Nadia Perrotta for further community commissions this year and both artists have been selected by UNSECO for a human rights event in Italy about art and education for Because I am worried a film installation directed and written by Nadia, featuring Lalita.
Lalita has done her formal art training at UCA studying a foundation diploma in Art and Design and studied a BA at the University of Kent, studying Fine Art.
Above: FRIGHTENED BEAR, Little-Blood, 2018.
Little Blood, The University of Kent
‘Little-Blood’ is the alias of the artist and creator Alfie Killick - an interdisciplinary thinker who creates sensuous, taboo artworks often centred on 'Promethean' figures and tragic themes. These works can take on many forms, from installation to animation and illustration, but they are always linked with the interweaving thread of Absurdism and the Sisyphean nature of human existence. Drawing upon the Dadaists and early surrealists for inspiration, He is particularly interested in displaying Art that can truly captivate an audience from all walks of life and successfully traverse the threshold, through high art and into pop culture.
Above: LET ME READ, Ronan Porter, Painting – Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas, 2018
Ronan Porter, University for the Creative Arts
Ronan Porter is a practicing artist who recently graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts. They have exhibited work in Warsaw, Poland; Canterbury, England; and Paphos, Cyprus. Ronan was born in England in 1994 but was raised in several countries including Peru, Papua New Guinea, Norway, the United States, Poland, Qatar, and Cyprus. Ronan first studied Physics at Imperial College in London before deciding that wasn't the right path for them. Although art is their true passion Ronan is also interested in reading, tea, travelling, and breaking the gender binary.