Art graduate selected for Modern Art Oxford’s Platform 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

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A Fine Art graduate has been selected by Modern Art Oxford to take part in this year’s Platform project.

Elizabeth Holmes, who graduated from the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University this year, is one of the emerging artists selected to participate in the project alongside two other graduates from Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford and Reading University. The three artists will present their work in a series of consecutive solo exhibitions hosted in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space.

The opportunity to exhibit my work to a wider audience is a fantastic chance to introduce a range of people to a problem that is so defining the lives of girls of my generation.

Elizabeth Holmes, Fine Art graduate

Elizabeth’s exhibition, titled Manufacture, uses her own body to illustrate the pressure put upon women to adhere to the modern day image of femininity. Through her photography, Elizabeth models pieces of clothing made and designed by herself, which aim to perfect the shape of the female form. She said: “I was honoured and surprised to be chosen to partake in the Platform Award as a result of the work I exhibited at my Degree Show. The opportunity to exhibit my work to a wider audience is a fantastic chance to introduce a range of people to a problem that is so defining the lives of girls of my generation. 

“I can’t wait to see what the other two artists produce and am looking forward to being a part of this stage of the award and all that comes with that.”

Platform is a partnership between five galleries from across the South East Region including Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Turner Contemporary in Margate and Modern Art Oxford. Each organisation selected graduates from their local universities to participate in the exhibition and award programme. In September, Modern Art Oxford will nominate one of the artists for the shortlist for the final Platform prize which includes a monetary award and bespoke 12-month programme of professional development. 

Elizabeth’s exhibition will begin on 26 July until 14 August. More information about Elizabeth’s exhibition and Platform 2016 can be found on Modern Art Oxford’s website.

More information about studying Fine Art at Oxford Brookes can be found on the School of Arts webpages.