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What’s it like to be an early career artist in such turbulent times? Join our Platform Graduate Award artists as they chat about graduating from art school and their plans for the future.

Fetine Sel Tuzel, Bevan Hill & Will Griffiths and Beth Simcock chat to Nacheal Catnott about making exhibitions in 2021 and their plans for the future. Their live chat will be followed by a chance for Q&A and open discussion.

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Discover our Platform Graduate Award 2021 exhibitions from 23 September – 31 October in the Creative Space:

places and faces by Fetine Sel Tuzel (University of Reading) will run from 23 September – 3 October; Real Art for Real People by Bevan Hill & Will Griffiths (Oxford Brookes) from 7-17 October; and The Zodiac by Beth Simcock (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford) from 21-31 October.

Our Platform Graduate Award exhibitions are generously supported by the Idlewild Trust and The Fenton Arts Trust.

Platform Graduate Award 2021

Celebrating new artistic talent from across the South East, Platform Graduate Award 2021 is a series of three solo exhibitions by selected BFA graduates from University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University 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 £2000 bursary and mentoring from a professional artist. Find out more.

Nacheal Catnott

Nacheal Catnott is a British-Caribbean Artist and Experimental Filmmaker who is interested in documenting historic and modern relationships between people and places, whilst conceptually evaluating the current and evolving social-political landscape. Catnott exhibited at the gallery as part of the 2016 Platform Graduate Award programme.

Catnott uses traditional documentary film techniques combined with artist mediums such as sculpture, performance, photography and poetry to address topics such as race migration, cross-cultural diversity, gender and wealth in Britain. She is known for her use of Yam, an Afro- Caribbean staple food, which she has adapted into an art material creating a recurring metaphor of the black experience throughout her work.

Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and film festivals across the UK including Open Hand Open Space, 1B Gallery, Tate Exchange, ICA, South London Gallery, Glasgow Short Film Festival and The British Urban Film Festival. She is a guest lecturer at Reading School of Art and facilitates creative workshops in schools and universities.