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Turner Contemporary is delighted to announce that University of Kent graduate Sophie Dixon, winner of the Platform Graduate Award 2014, has been awarded a 6 week artist-residency at the Louvre-Lens Museum, France.

Sophie Dixon’s successful application to this cross-border residency aligns with both Turner Contemporary and Platform’s aim to support graduate professional development and nurture emerging talent from universities in the South East region.

Sophie Dixon states:
This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new place, a new history and work collaboratively with another film maker. I think we're both very excited about throwing ourselves into this project with open minds and lots of enthusiasm.

Throughout the residency, developed in partnership with Kent County Council, Sophie and her collaborator, Thibault Jehanne, will create a body of work as part of the Inter-regional Culture-led Regeneration (ICR) project. The outcome of this work will be to engage with local people and visitors alike, encouraging the exploration of the region while creating more opportunities for interaction based around the arts.

Turner Contemporary and the Louvre-Lens Museum’s joint function is to create change through the arts and regenerate their respective regions. Lens is a city that has been greatly marked by two World Wars and by industrialisation. The collapse of the mining industry left behind a territory that was experiencing great social and economic difficulties. Just as Turner Contemporary has impacted positively upon Margate, the opening of the Louvre-Lens Museum in 2012 has created momentum for economic development through tourism and culture. Throughout her residency, Sophie will discover and bear witness to that which makes Lens and its surrounding area so unique, encouraging a positive vision of the city. On the completion of their residency, Sophie and Thibault hope to return to the South East to exhibit this body of work.

The Platform Graduate Award is given annually to a Fine Art graduate selected from 16 Universities in the South East. The Platform Award is organised by CVAN South East and a coalition of five of the region’s contemporary public art galleries. The winner of the award is given a bursary of £2,500 as well as a 12 month programme of professional development.

Working predominately with text, installation, audio and film, Sophie’s winning Platform work, And Only Fine Threads Hold Us To Each Moment, consisted of a 50 page book, prints and written text about Srbská, formerly Wünschendorf, a small village on the Czech Republic’s modern-day border with Poland. The artist’s video installation, Wünschendorf,  also shown as part of the Platform exhibition at Turner Contemporary, explored the irreversible changes that the Second World War wrought on the lives of millions, a period of loss and displacement which continues to influence the world in which we live today.


Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 5 Mar 2015