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Inaugural Platform Graduate Art Award recipient announced 
Artist Joella Wheatley was announced last night as the inaugural recipient of the Platform Graduate Award 2012.

The 22 year old was presented with the award at Modern Art Oxford by artist Lindsay Seers for her work - a series of intense paintings that explore the mind as a channel for restructuring the concept of space.

Victoria Pomery, Acting Chair of Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) South East and Director, Turner Contemporary said:

‘We look forward to seeing how Joella will build on this opportunity in her future career. CVAN South East would like to see Platform continue to develop closer working relationships between South East galleries and their local Higher Education institutions while providing opportunities to support and showcase new talent.’

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:
‘We are delighted to see that our investment in the visual arts infrastructure is helping to create the next generation of British artists, who are one of our country’s greatest international cultural exports. A big congratulations to Joella Wheatley on winning this prestigious award and also to Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) South East for creating such a fantastic programme for recognising young talent and helping them, working in conjunction with Higher Education Institutes, to move on to the next stage of their careers.'

Wheatley was one of eight graduate artists shortlisted as part of the Platform Graduate Award 2012 - an inaugural mentor programme devised by the CVAN South East network, between galleries and emerging artists from the South East.

Platform Award selection panel member and Director of MK Gallery, Anthony Spira said the standard of work throughout the Platform project had been particularly high, highlighting the wealth of Fine Art talent in the South East.

Over the last few months four flagship galleries, Aspex, MK Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary, have each provided a platform for 31 recent graduates from each of their local art colleges of which eight were shortlisted for the award.

Wheatley will receive a 12-month tailored programme of professional development from the four South East art galleries as well as £2,500 bursary towards further development of her practice/

About the Platform Graduate Award
This project has brought together the professional expertise of both the higher education and public gallery sectors for the benefit of young artists.

With support from tutors and course leaders, teams of curators and education specialists from the four participating galleries attended local Summer degree shows, each selecting a handful of promising graduates for inclusion in their Platform exhibitions. These have been taking place over the past few months with each selected artist being given the opportunity to work with professional teams during the installation and production of their shows. All mediums were considered and each have shown the rich variety and quality of work being produced by our next generation of artists in the South East. (Twitter HashTag: #platform2012)

Shortlisted Artists from around the South East region
Aspex: George Bills and Joella Wheatley Arts University College at Bournemouth Fine Art 
MK Gallery: Marion Piper, Buckinghamshire New University and Karolina Lebek, University of Bedforshire
Modern Art Oxford: Cara George and Kamila Janska, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford.
Turner Contemporary: Dominic Maffia, University for the Creative Arts and Naomi Eaton-Baudains, Canterbury Christ Church University

About Joella Wheatley
Arts University College at Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Fine Art
Joella Wheatley's intense paintings explore the mind as a channel for restructuring the concept of space. Using the combination of drawing and painting as a springboard for invention, she challenges the boundaries of a first-hand experience by containing herself within an actual physical space for a certain amount of time. This drastically reduces the amount of normal social interaction, of reasonable mental stimulus of exposure to the natural world, where almost everything that makes life human and bearable is emotionally, physically and psychologically removed. When the things that our brain and body rely on to connect to and understand are taken away from us, this denies us the ability to ask questions and seek reasons for explanations that allow us to understand ourselves. Joella challenges the concept that a space is only defined by what you believe it to be.

For further information please contact Gareth Colwell at Aspex Gallery


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Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Fri 23 Nov 2012