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Three UCA graduates shortlisted for Platform Graduate Award

Three of our Fine Art graduates are exhibiting their work at the Turner Contemporary, after being shortlisted for this year’s Platform Graduate Award.

Janine-Chantal Weger, Adina Breden-Thorpe and Kieran Rook, who graduated from UCA Canterbury in June, are three of just seven artists selected to showcase their work at the Kent-based art gallery until 5 November this year. The winner of the Platform Graduate Award will be announced in December.

Janine-Chantal is exhibiting a collection of six painting relating to memory. She says: “My paintings show a moment in time and speak about structure, colour and colour-relationships, with layers such as foregrounds and backgrounds.

“The paintings are inspired by the urban environment, which I often capture through the camera lens. Photography informs the way I paint, which is sometimes connected to a distinct way of how I prepare my self-made canvases or in the way I paint through the use of specific brush tools and rehearsed brushstroke movements.”

Adina’s art focuses on the visual interpretation of transparent boundaries, while Kieran is showcasing his work which combines music and visual art.

Adina says: “I am inspired by the concept of site specific work. I find constructing art in a given space makes it more interactive and engages with space on a whole different level.

“In addition to showcasing art at Turner Contemporary, I’ve also been working on an exhibition in Folkestone at the Brewery Tap, which is due to open at the end of October during the Folkestone Triennial. As an artist, I hope to explore site-specific pieces in more detail and focus on the raw connection between art and space.”

Platform is an annual region-wide project created to support new graduate talent across the south east of England.

To find out more about the exhibition, visit turnercontemporary.org.

Janine-Chantal Weger

Top image by Adina Breden-Thorpe
Second image by Janine-Chantal Weger

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