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Kent fine art students in contention for Platform Graduate Award

Two fine art graduates from the University are among 23 from across the South East chosen to be in contention for the Platform Graduate Award 2019.

Jordan Colbert and Sian Hookins both graduated from the University this year and are now set to exhibit their work at the Turner Contemporary, Margate, prior to the Award winner being announced in November.

Organised by Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) South East, the Platform Graduate Award 2019 will see all 23 selected graduates exhibiting at one of four partner galleries between this September and January 2020.

An artist from each gallery is nominated for the award, with the winning artist, who will receive a bursary of £2,000 and bespoke mentoring, to be announced by guest selector and artist Mikhail Karikis.

Meanwhile, another Fine Art graduate was selected to feature in the 2019 Ramsgate Festival of Sound at the end of July. Carol Smith created ceramic sound sculptures which captured sound waves and produce a hum, inviting people to ‘commit to the here and now, if only for a moment as they stoop to listen’.

University Programme Director Peter Hatton said: ‘For our graduates to be included in these two prestigious events so soon after graduating is a ringing endorsement of their achievements on the Fine Art course here at Kent. It is also an indicator of the level of sophistication and professionalism of their work as artists.’