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Visual arts graduates are provided a platform for professional development by galleries in the South East

  • Date: 26 October 2012
  • Area: South East
The Platform programme, South East, Architectural Fracture, Alexandra Hanschell

Architectural Fracture, 2012. Credit: Alexandra Hanschell

Four visual arts organisations in the South East are supporting over 30 visual arts graduates by exhibiting work at their galleries and offering one winning graduate artist a cash prize and individual professional development.

A coalition of visual arts Arts Council National portfolio organisations, Aspex, Portsmouth; Modern Art Oxford; Turner Contemporary, Margate; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, are taking part in the Platform programme initiated by Contemporary Visual Art Network South East.

The Platform Programme offers a unique opportunity for graduates of Fine Art to showcase their talent and compete for the award of a year's personalised professional development and a cash sum of £2,500 towards studio space to nurture their emerging career.

Work is currently showing at Turner Contemporary until 18 November and at Modern Art Oxford until 25 November.

At each of the four galleries, curatorial and educational outreach teams worked together in an unprecedented collaboration to select six to nine graduates from their geographical locale to exhibit their work alongside established and international artists this autumn. The young artists were chosen from the work displayed at their graduate end of year 2012 shows. A shortlist of two graduates from each of the four galleries will be put forward for the winning place. The selection panel will meet on Thursday 8 November with a final winner announced at an event at Modern Art Oxford on Thursday 22 November.

Work was displayed at MK Gallery in late summer and at Aspex in early autumn.

Stephanie Allen, Visual Arts Relationship Manager, South East, Arts Council England says: 'The galleries in the South East have a strong reputation for supporting artistic talent at all levels and the Platform programme allows them to use their combined experience and guidance to help future generations of artists onto their first essential rung of the ladder and strengthen the arts offer across the region.'

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