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Platform Graduate Award 2014 Shortlist Announced

Holger Kilumets in front of his work at MK Gallery

Holger Kilumets in front of his work at MK Gallery

Holger Kilumets: Reference Targets, 2014, C-Type Print

Holger Kilumets: Reference Targets, 2014, C-Type Print

Holger Kilumets in front of his work at MK Gallery
Holger Kilumets: Reference Targets, 2014, C-Type Print

Holger Kilumets in front of his work at MK Gallery


Today, MK Gallery jointly announces in partnership with four other flagship galleries in the South East of England the artists shortlisted for the Platform Graduate Award 2014. They are:


  • Izabela Brudkiewicz, nominated by De La Warr Pavilion
  • A graduate of the University of Brighton, Brudkiewicz's practice involves live, repetitive actions in public spaces that push her to the limits of her physical and mental endurance, exploring concepts of sacrifice, failure and spiritual contemplation. At De La Warr Pavilion the artist pushed a large ball made from layers of blankets, wire, paper and felt on a set route along Bexhill seafront for seven days, eight hours a day


  • Sophie Dixon, nominated by Turner Contemporary
  • Working with video, Sophie Dixon - a BA Fine Art graduate from the University of Kent - explores the complex dialogues created between ourselves and our external environment, dialogues which are constantly reshaped as we traverse the fragile spaces of memory to find our own sense of belonging in the present.  


  • Holger Kilumets, nominated by MK Gallery
  • Kilumets is a BA Photography and Video Art graduate from the University of Bedfordshire. At MK Gallery he presented Maps & Territories, an elaborate body of work exploring the meaning of representation through a series of slightly disparate images, and raising questions about photography’s role as a representational device.   


  • Samuel Lloyd, nominated by Aspex
  • A graduate of the University of Chichester, Lloyds artistic practice involves the playful manipulation and recreation of surfaces on collections of found, often mass produced objects, reappraising the recognisable relationship between their form and function through the addition of his hand-crafted, highly textured, sealant skins. 


  • Rachel Minott, nominated by Modern Art Oxford
  • A graduate of the University of Reading, Minott's subject matter dwells on her Jamaican heritage; for her degree show she created a carefully hand-crafted installation of a small regional museum in Jamaica filled with fictional artworks, for which she constructed fictional histories.  Alongside this she presented a conference, using real academics, to discuss various aspects of Jamaican cultural and social history.  



    The Award nominations come from five public galleries in the South East region working together as part of CVAN (The Contemporary Visual Arts Network) South East.

    The Platform Graduate Award, now in its third year, showcases and mentors the very best of young and emerging artists in the South East. Curators and education specialists from Aspex (Portsmouth), De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill), Modern Art Oxford; MK Gallery and Turner Contemporary (Margate) have worked with tutors and course leaders from universities and colleges in their locality to identify students with ambition and talent. These graduates, selected from fine art degree shows across the region, have had the opportunity to work closely with gallery programme teams to deliver an richly diverse summer season of Platform exhibitions at each venue. From their respective exhibitions, each participating gallery has now nominated one artist to be considered for the Award. 

    The winner of this year’s Award will be announced at a special event on 1 November at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, and will receive a 12-month bespoke programme of professional development from the five participating art galleries as well as a £2,500 bursary towards further development of their practice.




    More information on all Platform artists and background to the programme can be found on Frame and Reference.


    Frame and Reference