The Platform Graduate Award Alumni Residency 2019
Artist Julia Keenan, graduate of University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham, has been selected for the Platform Graduate Award Alumni Residency 2019.
The Platform Graduate Award is an initiative supporting emerging graduate artistic talent in furthering their practice following graduation.
The initiative is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership between five galleries: Aspex, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Every year Aspex selects artwork by two students studying Fine Art or Photography from higher education partners to be featured within a group exhibition: The University of Portsmouth, The University of Creative Arts Farnham (UCA), The University of Chichester, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), Southampton Solent and Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).
As of 2016, alumni of the award received the opportunity to apply for a solo residency at the gallery, offering them a space to develop their artwork and process. Previous recipients of the residency opportunity include Charlotte Bradley (2016) and Svetlana Ochkovskaya (2017).
Julia Keenan was selected for participation in the exhibition in 2015 upon completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.
The artist said:
“My selection for the Platform Graduate Award in 2015 was a great opportunity, becoming part of alumni programme and taking part in events hosted by CVAN - learning how to sustain a creative practice following graduation. Moving forward, this residency at Aspex will allow me to develop ideas about a new body of work.”
Julia is an associate member of the Aspex Artist Associate scheme and of CAS, Andover. She has exhibited sculpture, collage, print and digital work across the UK, including at Whipple Museum, Cambridge and as part of the Cambridge University Science Festival (2017).