Art graduate selected for Platform 2015

Monday, 03 August 2015

Susanna Canning Platform

An Oxford Brookes graduate has been selected by Modern Art Oxford to take part in the fourth Platform 2015 project.

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

Susanna Canning, who graduated from Oxford Brookes this year, is one of the emerging artists selected to participate in the project along with two other graduate artists from Reading University and Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford. The three artists will be competing for a place in the final round of the competition. 

I have created new work specifically in response to the gallery and am excited to have the chance to show my work to a wider audience. The nomination and exhibition are a fantastic start to my post-university artistic career.

Susanna Canning, Oxford Brookes University graduate

The emerging artists will present new works in a series of short solo exhibitions hosted in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space. In September, Modern Art Oxford will nominate one of these artists for the shortlist for the final Platform prize including a monetary award and a bespoke 12-month programme of professional development. 

Susanna’s exhibition Modern Art Amplified will take place between 5 August and 18 August. It explores the unique nature of sound to encapsulate experience, history and memory. Susanna has drawn on the long history of walking as a way of inciting experience, transforming hours of recordings into audio walks, she invites her audience to re-engage with the fundamental acts of walking and listening through the catalyst of her own solitary walks.

Susanna said: “I was honoured to be nominated for the Platform Award as a result of my Degree Show work, and to be given the opportunity to exhibit at the prestigious Modern Art Oxford. 

“I have created new work specifically in response to the gallery and am excited to have the chance to show my work to a wider audience. The nomination and exhibition are a fantastic start to my post-university artistic career.”

As part of her exhibition, Susanna will be hosting an exclusive audio recording workshop on Sunday 9 August at Modern Art Oxford for members of the public. Participants will be invited to contribute to a collective sound portrait of Modern Art Oxford and the finished recording will be available online.

More information about Susanna’s and the other participants’ exhibitions can be found on the Modern Art Oxford website. 

Information about art courses at Oxford Brookes can be found on the School of Arts webpages and via the School of Arts virtual open day website