Two Students Selected for Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate Showcase and Award

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Charlotte Smith and Daniella Turbin are selected to exhibit for 2013

We were delighted that so many of our students here at the School of Music and Fine Art were shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate Exhibition show this year, opening 9th October at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.

Last year we were pleased to have one student selected for the show, but for 2013 we have two students going forward. Charlotte Smith and Daniella Turbin have been selected alongside 5 other students from the University for the Creative Arts and Canterbury Christchurch University.

The exhibition showcases the talent of emerging artists from East Kent The Turner’s Clore Learning Studio and other spaces, as part of their Platform programme which aims to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent.  

Charlotte’s work is a contemporary installation called Ephemeral Rays and consists of hundreds of light bulbs, dust and fishing line. It seeks to reflect the way in which light rests within a space, settling like dust even if just momentarily. Adapted for the Turner specifically, the installation evolves into a new form drawing on the stunning expanse of sea and sky, with the infinite horizon line as the focal point of the composition.

Daniella’s work focuses on visually documenting dream images in her work. Her practice is rooted in debates about drawing within contemporary art and includes three dimensional interpretations.

Tim Meacham, Lecturer in Fine Art at the School of MFA said: ‘We are very proud and pleased for Charlotte and Daniella; their work looks wonderful in the gallery spaces. Both have conducted themselves with maturity and professionalism throughout the selection and installation process. ‘Platform is a great opportunity for them, launching their careers as independent practitioners through exhibiting their work in a major contemporary art gallery.’

Platform Programme is a project whereby students work with the Turner Contemporary throughout their final year and through a combination of visits, tutorials and presentations, curators and other Turner staff track the students’ progress and practice development throughout their 3rd year. This culminates in some of their degree work being chosen to exhibit at the Platform Exhibition and get put forward for the Platform Graduate Award, winner to be announced in November.

We are thrilled to be showing the work of recent graduates. Platform is part of our wider remit to showcase creativity of artists working today.’
Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary.

The Platform Graduate Showcase is taking place 9th October – 10th November 2013 at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.  
We would encourage anyone interested to visit the exhibition, which is free to attend.

For more information visit the Turner Contemporary website.