Aspex announces The Platform Graduate Award 2018

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From left to right, top to bottom: Carol Abell, Kane Applegate, Fiona Baanah-Jones, Simon Beasley, Tash Dalzie, Hannah Davies, Rosie Gatford, Rachel Mortlock, Annie Murrells, Josephine Rock, Carl Tai Thompson, George Waring.

The work of twelve graduate artists from across the South Coast is set to go on show at Portsmouth’s Aspex gallery.

Twelve graduates have been chosen by Aspex from across six universities as part of the annual Platform Graduate Award with CVAN South East.

The artists are:

Carol Abell (Arts University Bournemouth), Kane Applegate (Southampton Solent University), Fiona Baanah-Jones (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton), Simon Beasley (University of Portsmouth), Tash Dalziel (Winchester School of Art), University of Southampton), Hannah Davies (University of Chichester), Rosie Gatford (University of Chichester), Rachel Mortlock (Arts University Bournemouth), Annie Murrells (University for the Creative Arts, UCA Farnham), Josephine Rock (University for the Creative Arts, UCA Farnham), Carl Tai Thompson (University of Portsmouth), and George Waring (Southampton Solent University).

The works by these twelve artists form a group exhibition opening to the public on Friday 28th September, which runs through to 30th December 2018.

The same selection process is undertaken by four other galleries from across the region: De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary in Margate. One artist from each gallery will be nominated for the award, with the winning artist announced on 17 November by guest selector, artist Harold Offeh.

Aspex, located in Gunwharf Quays, has been supporting emerging artists for over 37 years. Director of the gallery, Joanne Bushnell said “The Platform Graduate Award is a very exciting part of our exhibition programme, enabling us to showcase a range of fresh, relevant and eclectic artwork from emerging artists across the South Coast.”

To see the Gallery’s full programme of events, visit their website:

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