Now in its third year, the Platform Graduate Award 2014 profiles new talent emerging from universities and colleges in the South East region.

Working as part of CVAN (The Contemporary Visual Arts Network, five galleries in South East England – Aspex, Portsmouth; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; Modern Art OxfordMK Gallery, Milton Keynes and Turner Contemporary, Margate – each showcase the work of recent graduates from their region, selected from university and college degree shows.

BA (Hons) Fine Art graduates Robin Sullivan and Steve Moberly have been nominated from AUB with a preview at Portsmouth aspex 6-8pm, Friday 5th September. 

The winner will be announced at a special event on 1 November at aspex.

Steve Moberly:
“In 2012 in a children’s playground I went partially blind for twenty minutes. Sometimes I think the making of these paintings is an attempt to recapture that sensation. Paint pots, cling film, rags, torn up pieces of digital prints scattered about the studio in an unmanageable chaos that finds itself somewhat reflected on the surface of the painting.”

Robin Sullivan:
“#performed #culture #puttingtheshaminshaman #history #society #cyberspace #trends #absorbingprojecting #definition #redundant #nothingiseverything #tabularasa #utopia #flux #neoliberalism#reality”

One of the main goals of the Platform project is to develop successful ways for artists to further their practice following graduation. Each gallery puts forward the work of one graduate who will be considered for the Platform Award 2014, a valuable and prestigious award for an emerging artist comprising a £2500 financial award and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional.