Student Show

Platform Graduate Award

15 Dec 2018 – 27 Jan 2019

De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill, United Kingdom


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  • Direct trains from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill

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Platform is a showcase of the best new work from graduates of Sussex Coast College, Hastings, and the University of Brighton.


It includes photography, sculpture, moving image and painting by five young artists: Tasneem Arif, Godith Hawkins, Katie Needham, Oscar Yasamee, and Maddalena Zadra. The exhibition is curated by Flatland Projects, a new artist-led gallery based within The Source Park in a Victorian former bathhouse and swimming pool in Hastings. Flatland is co-founded by Ben Urban and Billy Stanley.

Tasneem Arif’s simple frame of metal and plastic sheeting addresses the space between and within linear form.

Through opaque reference to post-mortem imagery, Godith Hawkins’ photographs reveal the uncanny vulnerability of the reclining or fallen body.

Katie Needham’s sound installation deals with her experience of growing up in Milton Keynes, questioning what it means to belong to a place that has failed to deliver its utopian promise.

Oscar Yasamee’s paintings reference subcultures through the use of a cartoon-like visual language, to research how contemporary images take on meaning and myths.

Maddalena Zadra makes symbolic paintings and prints that both tell and conceal stories, fairy tales, myths and personal experiences.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 15 December with a tour at 11am by the artists and curators.

The Platform Graduate Award is an initiative run by CVAN South East to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation.

About Flatland Projects
Flatland Projects, co-founded by Ben Urban and Billy Stanley, presents a programme of solo and group exhibitions based within a Victorian former bath house now occupied by Source BMX, Hastings. With collaboration a primary focus for each project, the gallery will be used to showcase emerging contemporary artist practices, and to engage with wider conversations around re-thinking sustainable models for artist-led space.


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