We are delighted to announce that Khadija Cecile Niang (BA Art and English Literature) and Natalie Sired (BA Art and Film & Theatre) have been selected for the 2020 Platform Graduate Award. Khadija and Natalie are among 28 graduate artists from 11 universities who have been selected from several universities by a network of participating galleries. Joining the 2020 Platform Graduate Award selection panel is Turner Prize 2019 joint winner and former Reading School of Art colleague, Tai Shani.
Established in 2012, the Platform Graduate Award is designed to support emerging graduate artistic talent and to help further their practice following graduation. The award includes a £2,000 bursary and 12-months of mentoring support from a practicing artist. The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is currently a partnership between four galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, Modern Art Oxford, Phoenix in Brighton and Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Following an exhibitions and events programme across the participating galleries, an artist from each gallery is nominated for the award. This year’s programme presents a combination of online and physical exhibitions, and runs from August 2020 to January 2021.