Platform is an initiative of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) South East, committed to supporting recent graduates in their professional development. The De La Warr Pavilion is part of a network of 5 venues in the region (Aspex, Modern Art Oxford, Milton Keynes Gallery and Turner Contemporary) and will be showing work from four graduates selected initially from degree shows and the University of Brighton and Sussex Coast College, Hastings.
Over the duration of the exhibition, each gallery has the opportunity to nominate one graduate to be considered for the Platform Prize 2015. The award, consisting of a £2,500 bursary and 12 month programme of professional mentoring, will be awarded on 31st October.
Celeste Barker - Sussex Coast College, BA Fine Art
Celeste Barker’s work explores the trace of time and repetition on the surface of objects and records these marks through rubbing, casting and printmaking. Tools used as parts of one’s profession or daily routine are of particular interest to the artist, who is fascinated with the connection between object and owner.
Tom Heatley - University of Brighton, BA Photography
The Sculptors, installation image, 2015
Tom Heatley’s series of images, The Sculptors, and their unique installation, resolve a personal uncertainty for the artist over the decision to pursue photography in place of sculpture. Using the University of Brighton’s sculpture department as his studio, the project illuminates Heatley’s three dimensional inclinations through documents of incidental sculptures, still life and staged constructions.
Naomi Holdbrook - Sussex Coast College, BA Fine Art
Drawing Machine No. 01, film still, 2015
Through an expanded drawing practice, Naomi attempts to remove herself from decision-making by applying a set of rules, or a system, to drive a process. The final outcome is often raw and unpredictable.
Documented in film, Drawing Machine No. 02 is part of a series of mechanised works. The piece traces an experience from a state of equilibrium to disequilibrium, with the system gradually breaking down. As pendulums fight to bring back stability, drawings are produced by the machine until it ultimately destroys itself and collapses.
Holly Jarvis - University of Brighton, BA Music and Visual Art
Re::Sonate, installation image, 2015
Performance and sound artist, Holly Jarvis, will be reproducing Re::Sonate. This site responsive sound installation, featuring musicians Ingrid Plum and Ed Sanders, will be tuned to the social and architectural conditions of De La Warr Pavilion’s iconic south staircase.