What does it feel like to be an early career artist at such a challenging time?
Recent BFA graduates, Khadija Cecile Niang, Natalie Sired, James Scott and Mihaela-Elena Man are joined by artist Mirren Kessling to discuss their experience of graduating under the constraints of Covid-19 and what it has been like to participate in the Platform Graduate Award. Mirren Kessling exhibited at the gallery as part of the 2016 Platform Award programme.
The artists reflect on what they have learnt, the challenges of translating work into digital space and speculate about a way forward.
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Platform Graduate Award
To find out more about the Platform Graduate Award 2020 and the artists’ online exhibitions, click here.
Platform is led by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East (CVAN South East) and is a partnership between four galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, Phoenix Art Space Brighton, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Mirren Kessling (b. 1994) is an artist based in Oxford. She studied at Oxford Brookes for her Art Foundation before completing her BFA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford 2016 and was selected to exhibit in the 2016 edition of the Platform Graduate Award. Since Platform she has exhibited her work at York Art Gallery, Cube Gallery, Jelly, Modern Artists Gallery and most recently the group exhibition Flow at Modern Art Oxford.
Mirren makes clothes with her sister Agnes Kessling under the name Wessex Appeal, responding to the historical sites and the folklore surrounding The Ridgeway, Britains oldest road, in South Oxfordshire. @wessexappeal
She also works as an events programmer and leads the events programme at Jerwood Arts, London.