Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate Award finalists announced.

We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Smith, School of Music and Fine Art graduate has been selected as one out of two graduates shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary’s Platform Graduate Award.

Charlotte has been selected alongside one other finalist, Hannah Allison-Finucane of Canterbury Christchurch University up for the Award and the winner will be announced November 7th. Turner Contemporary Curator, Lauren Wright told our graduate artists “this was a very difficult decision for the team as you’ve all made very strong work and we’ve so enjoyed working with you”. The Turner Contemporary are very keen to continue working with and supporting our graduates through their developing careers in the next few months.

Turner Contemporary invites you to celebrate the announcement of the Platform Graduate Award winner 2013, and for a discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing emerging artists.

Panel Discussion and Winner Announcement:
Thursday 7 November 2013, 3 – 6pm, Turner Contemporary

3pm – Panel discussion and Q&A
What are the challenges and opportunities artists face when embarking upon a career? What support can they expect from galleries, dealers and other artists? How do they make sure they keep up their momentum after graduation? We will be delving into these and other questions from the audience at this special event, part of the Platform programme of support for graduates and artists, with our panel of experts:
Adam Chodzko,artist 
Jonathan Viner, Director, Jonathan Viner Gallery, London and Margate
Matthew de Pulford, Limbo studios and project space, Margate 
Lauren Wright, Curator, Turner Contemporary
Joella Wheatley, Platform Award winner 2012 

4.15pm – Exhibition viewing 
5pm – Winner announced by artist Adam Chodzko, followed by drinks and networking opportunities.

If you would like to attend, please contact the Turner Contemporary as numbers are limited Email: rsvp@turnercontemporary.org

Everyone at the School would like to wish Charlotte good luck and fingers crossed!


Charlotte’s work, called Ephemeral Rays, 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


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infinite horizon line as the focal point of the composition.
“The relationship between place and space is of huge interest. I enjoy the ephemeral characteristic of site-specific working, the work becomes more experiential, similar to the wonder of light and the art lives on in the memories of those who experienced it” explains Smith about Ephemeral Rays.

About the Platform Graduate Award

Devised through the CVAN South East network and now in its second year, the Platform programme aims to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent, and is supported by a coalition of visual arts organisations in the South East: Aspex, Portsmouth; Modern Art Oxford; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and Turner Contemporary, Margate.

Turner Contemporary is delighted to showcase the work of seven BA Fine Art graduates from universities in Kent who have been selected to participate in the Platform Graduate Award, on display at the gallery until Sunday 10 November. 

Hannah Allison-Finucane Canterbury Christ Church University (shortlisted for award)Charlotte Smith University of Kent (shortlisted for award)

Daniella Turbin University of Kent
Rachel Johnston Canterbury Christ Church University
Louisa Love University for the Creative Arts
Linda Simon University for the Creative Arts
Harry Tompkins University for the Creative Arts

Read more: Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate Award