University for the Creative Arts alumna Josephine Rock has been named the winner of the Platform Graduate Award 2018, which represents the top emerging artists in the South East region.
Joining fellow BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Ronan Porter, who studied at UCA Canterbury, in the final five, Josephine went on to be named the overall winner. As part of the award, the UCA Farnham graduate will receive a year’s worth of professional development and creative mentoring, as well as a £2,500 bursary to support her creative and professional development.
Josephine said: “I am very grateful to be the recipient of the Platform Graduate Award 2018. Platform has provided a stepping stone for my practice after BA. I have benefited from the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition, as well as encountering new networks and connecting with other recent graduates and Platform Alumni.
“Over the coming year I will be working on interdisciplinary research projects which encompass social contagion, post-truth politics, ‘robopoetics’ and the wellbeing industry. I would like to thank CVAN South East, Jo Bushnell, Catherine Sadler and the team at Aspex for their support.”
Josephine’s work encompasses sculpture, film, performance, text, and photography. Her working methodology is research-led, like that of an investigative journalist.
Artist Harold Offeh said: “Josephine Rock presented an extraordinary breadth of work packed with playful associations and immersed in strenuous research. I have no doubt she will make the most of the financial support and professional development opportunities that the Platform award offers, and I am excited to watch her practice and career develop in the coming years.”
The Platform Graduate Award is led by CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East) and is a partnership between five galleries: Aspex in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford and Turner Contemporary in Margate. Following an exhibition and events programme across the five participating galleries, an artist from each gallery was nominated for the award.
UCA offers Fine Art courses at its Canterbury and Farnham campuses.