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  • Charlotte Smith's Ephemeral Rays, 2013
Yesterday evening Turner Contemporary opened  Platform, which showcases the talent of emerging artists from leading East Kent universities. The exhibition forms part of the Platform programme which aims to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent. This year’s Platform exhibition at Turner Contemporary showcases the work of seven graduates from three Kent Universities:
University for the Creative Arts; Louisa Love, Linda Simon, Harry Tomkins
University of Kent; Charlotte Smith, Daniella Turbin
Canterbury Christ Church University; Hannah Allison-Finucane, Rachel Johnston

The artists’ work in a wide range of media, from printmaking, and painting, to sculpture, installation and performance. Their work draws on themes of nostalgia, personal history and the process of making art.

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 the autumn exhibition. 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.

Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary, says:
“We are thrilled to be showing the work of recent graduates. Platform is part of our wider remit to showcase creativity of artists working today. Turner Contemporary is proud to be working with Kent-based universities through an array of on-going projects and partnerships.”
Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 10 Oct 2013