Celebrating new artistic talent from across the south east, Platform Graduate Award 2018 is a series of three solo exhibitions throughout September and early October, by selected graduates from Oxford Brookes University, University of Reading and The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. The initiative supports emerging artistic talent to further their practice, and awards one outstanding artist a £2,500 bursary and mentoring from a professional artist.
Louise Povey, University of Reading, 5 – 16 September
Annie Le Santo, Oxford Brookes University, 19 – 30 September
Luke Dawes, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, 3 – 14 October
Platform is led by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN 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 in Margate.
Following 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.
Inspired by the transience of in-between spaces, Louise Povey works with light and film animation to create poetic, visual narratives. Her recent film installation Vanishing Point is influenced by a Star Trek episode which explores a processional, transformative journey focused on the relationship between truth and representation.
Annie Le Santo
Le Santo's work interrogates fundamental human reactions to loss and change. Using textiles and ceramics alongside sound and video, she investigates concepts of safety in relation to the ambiguity between comfort and containment.
Working across painting, sculpture, small assemblage and object-based works, Luke Dawes is interested in visual clichés employed throughout the history of making and art production. His work attempts to break down the visual hierarchies between art and design, in order to explore the function of an artwork.