Oxford Brookes University alumna shortlisted for Platform Graduate Art Award 2019

Monday, 07 October 2019

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An Oxford Brookes graduate has been selected for an award which recognises the most outstanding emerging visual artists.

BA Fine Art alumna Kulsuma Monica Khatoon has made the shortlist of 23 graduates for the Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East Platform Graduate Award 2019.

The degree show work will be exhibited until January 2020 in four partner galleries – Modern Art Oxford, Aspex in Portsmouth, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes and Turner Contemporary in Margate.

An artist from each gallery is then nominated for the award. The winning artist, who will receive a bursary of £2,000 and bespoke mentoring, will be announced on 23 November, by guest selector and artist Mikhail Karikis.

Kulsuma commented on being part of the prestigious shortlist: “I feel overwhelmed that I was selected for the award amongst my peers whose work was equally creative and impactful. As a deaf artist I am privileged to showcase my final year BA Fine Art degree piece at Modern Art Oxford as it will highlight audiences my disability and bring awareness of the deaf world.

“This would not have been achievable without the ongoing support from Oxford Brookes Art Faculty Department. Studying BA Fine Art allowed me to experiment with my work and gave an understanding of the Art world. I enjoyed myself as Fine Art student so much that I will be returning to complete Masters in Fine Art.”

Kulsuma’s piece, entitled Can you say that again?, looks at the relationship between sound and sight, speech and text, hearing and reading. The work foregrounds Kulsuma’s disability and daily struggle to be understood.

Can you say that again? will be showcased at Modern Art Oxford until 13 October 2019. 

Monica will be featured In Conversation at Modern Art Oxford on Saturday 12 October, 2 - 3.30pm. 

Oxford Brookes is a top 20 university for Fine Art in the Guardian League Table 2019.

Find out more about the BA (Hons) Fine Art course Oxford Brookes University