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Whilst our galleries are closed this month we will be exploring ways to connect with everyone digitally. Keep up to date with our goings-on via our website and social media where we will be sharing engaging digital content relating to our public programme and artist community.
Phoenix Art Space are very excited to launch the 
#PlatformGraduateAward as an online exhibition and announce our selected nominee.

Phoenix Art Space is delighted to be taking part in the 
Platform Graduate Award for the first time. The award is designed by CVAN South East to support emerging graduate artistic talent, and to help further their practice following graduation and includes a £2,000 bursary and 12-months of mentoring support from a practicing artist.

28 graduate artists have been selected from 11 universities by four CVAN network partners. Phoenix Art Space have selected five artists; Rachel Atkinson, Charlotte Guérard, and Ursula Vargas, Jessica Davis and Leanne Jones-Starr.

Of these five brilliant artists, Phoenix is excited to announce that our nominee will be Rachel Atkinson.

Rachel was selected by a panel consisting of the Executive Director Sarah Davies alongside three Phoenix Studio Members: Fergus Heron, Geoff Hands and Anna Dumitriu. The panel was unanimous in their decision to nominate Rachel. Read a Q&A with our nominee below. 

Phoenix Art Space made the decision to go ahead with installing the work of the five selected graduates, despite having to close to the public. The physical experience of installing work in a gallery space is an integral part of artistic development and we are so pleased to have been able to give our graduate artists this opportunity. The show has been documented and can be viewed online here through photographs and a virtual walkthrough. 
Q&A with Platform Nominee Rachel Atkinson

Can you tell us a little about what you are exhibiting at Phoenix Art Space?

The work I am exhibiting is titled Exit, Stage left. It explores old and new media, green screen and the physical stage, performance and static props. All these conflicts create a work which fails in each individual endeavour. Reflecting the ideas of failure and suspension of disbelief of which illusion relies on. Throughout the history of illusion what is often asked of the audience is a suspension of disbelief. The audience is asked to disregard their doubts and their understanding that what they’re seeing is, in actuality, a trick. Exit, Stage left explores this element by pushing what an audience will believe. Asking the question: What are you willing to look past to be fooled?

Your work combines two quite distinct media; woodwork and film. How do these two media inform one another?

In a way I have wanted my work to become a combination of theatre and the screen. I am influenced by old theatre props and mechanics, Shakespeare, modern CGI technology, old school film, green screen, motion capture, and behind the scenes footage; so I feel like the combination of woodwork and film help marry these two ideas together. I was influenced heavily by the ideology of my BA degree course. Although we were a sculpture course, everyone was creatively free; I worked alongside painters, film makers, and photographers. I can see how all of these art forms are connected and compliment each other. I owe so much to the amazing tutors and technicians at the university. Film has also been a great way to keep working creatively whilst I am not in the place to afford a studio to make my large scale sculptures.

Tell us about the green screen and the role it plays within your practice.

There is something quite special about green screen footage, even after it has been edited, you can always tell that it is a fake. Either the editing is so terrible you are taken totally out of whatever you are watching or it can look incredibly real but the footage is so fantastical that you know it could never have been filmed in real life. Either way, the director of the film is asking the audience to suspend their disbelief and allow themselves to be fooled by the imagery. To me, it is like a modern magic show. 
Enjoy the #PlatformGraduateAward online at Phoenix Art Space.
Tell us what you think by tagging us and #PlatformGraduateAward on Instagram.
Join us online on Friday 13 November for an evening of informal conversation and an opportunity to meet our Platform Graduates, led by Ben Roberts, Artistic Director of Brighton CCA. We will learn more about the practices of these 2020 graduates, explore their different approaches and the themes they have in common.
Book your free place now.
Our audience will also be able to enjoy Oliver Hein's drawing experiment online at Phoenix Art Space. Join the Bots will see a large drawing machine unfold along the walls of the Window Gallery over the course of two months. Keep an eye out for updates and videos of the machine in action on our social media.
We are spotlighting the latest studio artists to arrive at Phoenix Art Space - welcome!

Phoenix Art Space is very pleased to welcome Ingrid Boucher, who told us a bit about her practice.
"My sculpture is inspired by the human form and local coastal landscape. Employing harmony and simplicity I juxtapose smooth surfaces against haphazard shapes. A calm contained form contrasts with jagged unpredictable shapes, like the interior of an oyster shell and its opposing, encrusted exterior, or sea-worn pebbles and coral spikes. Born in Brighton, I studied Fine Art many, many years ago at the University of East London. In more recent years I have been able to return to making sculptures and have enjoyed exhibiting at various open houses. I'm excited about getting a space in the Phoenix, to meet other artists and am looking forward to devoting more time to my work."
Opportunities at Phoenix Art Space:

We are looking for a new Chair to our Board of Trustees. We welcome applications from individuals experienced in governance and with the commitment, qualities and attributes to effectively lead our organisation and shape its future. This role is a voluntary, non-executive appointment.
Deadline: Monday 16 November
Find out more

Phoenix Art Space is seeking a Production Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the public programme in our Main and Window galleries, as well as venue hire and exhibitions in the Green Room, ensuring a consistently high standard of professionalism across the exhibitions and events programme. Part-time, 21 hours per week. Permanent.
Deadline: Friday 13 November
Find out more.
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