Play Cafe news
Platform proudly presents our Spring/Summer 2018 season brochure!
From January to July we have a whole range of theatre, visual art exhibitions and live music so there really is something for everyone.
Highlights to look out for include our multi-arts festival, Outskirts, Glasgow International 2018 and two gigs as part of Celtic Connections.
Our taking part activities also return in the new year, with art, drama and music classes for people of all ages.
We can’t wait to see you all in the New Year!
Two little helpers from Buchclyvie Nursery in Easterhouse joined reindeers at The Shandwick Square Shopping Centre, also in Easterhouse, today to help launch Platform arts centre’s Christmas show ‘Rudolf’ and also Winterfest (in partnership with Thriving Places Easterhouse). Winterfest is a packed programme of festive stalls, Santa and reindeer visits and performances and arts activities for children and families running in the Shandwick centre on 24th & 25th November, 1st & 2nd of December and 8th & 9th of December.
Alberto Brasile (4) and Cara McLaughlin (4), both from Buchclyvie Nursery, Easterhouse, donned their elf costumes to meet the reindeers Princess and Pogo from Ayrshire Reindeer….and helped get the Christmas festivities off to a sparkling start!
Catch the Rudolf Christmas show at Platform (within The Bridge, Easterhouse) from Tue 5 Dec - Sun 17 Dec. A fun, festive outing for all the family, Rudolf is ideal for children and adults alike.
Platform, The Bridge, Easterhouse, G34 9JW. Book tickets at http://www.platform-online.co.uk/whats-on/event/391 or call 0141 276 9696 (opt 1).
Photo credit: Iain McClean
It’s great to have so many new faces at Creation Station!
There’s really great energy, loads of good ideas and we all agreed this week that we’re always going to have fun.
I’ve been working on another project with Imaginate and some other international partners exploring how we share big topics with young people.
Creation Station helped me out a couple of weeks ago to make this film (posted below) which I then took to Belgium to share with artists from Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland and Scotland.
It went down really well!
You can find out more about the project at http://www.pushproject.eu/
Already can’t wait for next Monday!
This September Platform is delighted to welcome Fuora Dance Project back to the venue. The company are looking to work with a group of local grandparents and their grandchildren.
They would like to work with anyone interested for two days later this month. Here to explain more is Ashley from the company:
“We are holding a taster session on Monday 25th and if you come along and enjoy yourselves why not join us for Tuesday and Wednesday too to create a short dance piece for family and friends.”
Monday 25th September: 1-3pm (Taster Session)
Tuesday 26th September: 4-6pm
Wednesday 27th: 4-6pm
Where: Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW
Movement, sound, colours and textures are going to be the main themes of the workshops. All delivered in a playful atmosphere, through a series of tasks and
experiments, which Giulia (Artistic Director) will guide you through. Starting with a general warm-up, we will explore creative tasks in order to create a
short dance piece with an original soundtrack composed by our musician Ross.
Our show, W-Hat About? is aimed at children 6+ and families and is a wonderful story of two young Italian sisters who go on a journey to visit their
grandfather, a hat maker who lives in a cottage in the Scottish countryside.
Using dance, music and the spoken word, much humour and many adventures, the value of grandparents is highlighted and the special relationships between
generations and contrast in Italian and Scottish cultures too.
For further information or to book a place on the workshops please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Ashley Pilling), or call 07432188704
Creation and Lab Station, our weekly drama workshops open to everyone aged 8 to 16 years return for a brand new year of workshops and performances. In a change for the new year both groups now start their sessions at 6pm providing plenty of opportunities for them to work together. Geraldine Heaney, Creation Station’s Lead Artist was excited to be back for a new year of activity:
“It was great to start back with Creation Station and see so many new faces. There’s lots of great energy, ideas and personalities and I can’t wait to get to know everyone better and find out their ideas for what we will make next!
This week we joined up with Lab Station (to make Co-Lab Station!) and ran a giant workshop all together. I’m going to Belgium next week to work with the PUSH EU project and a group of artists from Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Scotland. The project is about how we explore various difficult topics with children and young people. The topic for the group of artists in Belgium next week is (Over)Protection. So I asked Co-Lab Station to help out by sharing some of their ideas and thoughts on the topic. Film to follow but here’s a few pictures of the session from Monday night.”
For more information about PUSH EU - http://www.pushproject.eu/
Here at Platform we offer a diverse number of concessions that allow you to purchase tickets at a discounted rate.
For all concessions information, including all of the information about our discount scheme for local members, please click here.
If you need further clarification on the pricing above please telephone 0141 276 9696 (opt 1) or email email@example.com
This week I worked along side Visual Artist Jenny Brown to create a “Home Made” Play Cafe. We’re both mothers of young children and understand how challenging it can sometimes be to find new ways to engage and play with our kids at home…especially when it rains 99.9% of the time. With this in mind we were interested in creating a space that was filled with ideas that could be easily recreated at home for a low or no cost. We spent the day before filling endless freezer bags with gels, liquids and random objects ready for small hands to squeeze and explore.
We filled Tupperware with water, fresh mint, lavender and rose petals and froze it overnight, this slowly melted throughout the session revealing amazing smells and textures. We made dens to hide and relax in, filled cushions with fresh mint, and hung pots and pans to be bashed into oblivion. All of these stations (among others) were tied together with a colourful map on the floor marked out with electrical tape; the children and grown-ups could follow the paths and decide where to go. We hope it inspired lots of ideas, and of course that everyone had lots of fun! Jenny and I will be back in October for a Halloween special…
Inviting everyone out this weekend for a double whammy of festival fun for all of the family!
Saturday 29 July welcomes the Alexandra Park Festival Day which kicks off in fine summer style. With live music, food & market stalls, kids activities and inflatables plus much much more this is a day out packed with fun and entertainment. 12noon - 4pm and entry is free. Follow all the fun and share the Alexandra Park Facebook event
Make sure you save some energy for Sunday 30 July for The Bridge Family Festival which returns for another year. Enjoy live music, children’s actvities, carnival drummers, sports tasters, swimming pool party, community stalls and a Made in Easterhouse market with homemade arts, crafts, food and clothes. 12noon - 4pm - free entry - The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW Invite all your friends to the Bridge Festival day on Facebook
We can’t wait to welcome you all there!
Last night Creation Station, our youth theatre group for children aged 8-11 years performed their brand new show Creation Station to the Rescue?
Presented to a full house of friends, family, Platform Associate Artists and members of the public, the show was a great success. Afterwards we spoke to Geraldine Heaney who, along with Sarah Short, has been working with Creation Station to create their brand new work. Here’s Geraldine:
“Pretty much every week after Creation Station, Sarah and I chat about how much fun we’ve had and how lucky we are to work with such exciting, imaginative, energetic and funny young people.
This week especially has been a treat, not only because we got to spend 3 days in rehearsals with Creation Station but also because on Tuesday we got to share all the hard work that the group have put in with friends and family.
Thank you to Creation Station for your energy, ideas, fun and bringing Hope to us all for the future!
I already can’t wait for next term!
Oh and here’s the Unicorn video taken from the show last night:”
Creation members have been working hard to get their new show ready for opening night on Tuesday 26th June at 7pm. Tickets are free so book one here and join us for what promises to be a very special evening as Creation Station share what they have been up to this term.
Those attending Culture Cafe are currently making some huge banners for use at a variety of upcoming summer events including Merchant City Festival and fun days at Alexandra Park and here at Platform. For those interested in making music and writing songs, musician Howie Reeve is also currently leading a song writing project too and the video below features a song that he worked on with Culture Cafe regular Susan Milligan.
Culture Cafe runs every Sunday between midday and 2pm in the cafe at The Bridge. Culture Cafe is free of charge and there is no need to book in advance, simply turn up and get involved!
For more information please contact Programme Coordinator Anna Lomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Platform’s annual festival of experimentation and excellence returned on the 22nd April with an impressively diverse line-up of artists and activity!
The festival brings many aspects of the Platform programme and community together, utilising spaces throughout The Bridge Easterhouse – including areas that are not normally used for performances and art installations.
The days programme ranged from the beautiful sounds of singer Josephine Foster to the extremely loud performance by Karl Jay-Lewin, Nic Green’s powerful Cock Bull to the playful workshop with Jane Fondue and the Raclettes. (Cheesy Cheesy) The day took us away with the surreal live score from Sound of Yell and culminated with the inspiring Easterhouse Conversation performance from Steev Livingstone and Suse bear.
Scroll through images and videos above Including recapping our Instagram Story of the day and a clip from performance by Ortonandon with Fallopé and the Tubes!
Continue to share your pics with us using #OUTSKIRTSfestival and join our mailing list to be first to hear about next years line up!
Starcatchers Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation has launched a new fundraising scheme, Forward for Families, to provide theatre seats for very young children and their families in need across Scotland.
Platform is delighted to be one of the first three venues in Scotland to be part of this new scheme, which has an initial fundraising target of £800 and will directly benefit 45 families across the three communities involved. The other venues are The Byre Theatre in St Andrews and Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling.
A recent study suggests more than 200,000 children are growing up in poverty in Scotland. Scottish Government Social Research consistently evidences that access to theatre and cultural experience enriches lives and impacts positively on health and well-being. However a Starcatchers audit of audience participation suggests 72% rarely engage in cultural experiences with their babies and many have never engaged with their local community arts venue.
Forward for Families asks those that love the theatre to pay forward a ticket, allowing another family in their community or further afield to engage in the shared-experience. Donations start at £5, which is a step towards a full ticket, £10 to buy a big or little seat, £20 to admit an adult and child or £40 to include four seats.
The fundraising will allow a certain number of seats to be allocated within the Scottish tour of Starcatchers and Edinburgh based dance company Curious Seed’s new dance, live music and theatre experience new dance, theatre and live music production MamaBabaMe – aimed at babies aged 18 months – 3 years and their parents and carers. MamaBabaMe arrives at Platform on Saturday 10 – 11 June and tickets are also on sale to the general public. See here for more details.
The pilot phase of Forward for Families will test how audiences respond, with the aim of the fund being embedded into Starcatchers touring model, providing seats for families at future productions at venues across Scotland.
The fundraising campaign will run from Monday 10th April – Friday 19th May. Donations can be made here and also by textgiving by sending STCR00 [amount] to 70070.
We invited people from the local area to enjoy tea and cakes and then get up and boogie to the sounds of That Swing Sensation Band.
We were delighted to have the Kennedy Cupcakes on hand to lead on the dancing, guest vocalists, and more than enough quicksteps, foxtrots and waltzes to satisfy first-timers and veterans alike.
Our auditorium was transformed into an amazing ballroom featuring beautiful handmade art works and table cloths created by local people.
Caroline McKenna from Rutherglen said “This was our first time at the dance and it was fabulous. We were treated so well and can’t wait to attend the next one.”
Thank you to everyone who made it such a success!
We look forward to hosting more Tea Dances here at Platform - so keep in touch via our mailing list!
In February, Class P7 of St. Rose of Lima took part in a series of workshops exploring the theme of What Mum means to me? A nationwide project instigated by the American Mothers Fund who nurture creativity and celebrate motherhood funded via the Voluntary Action Fund. Sally Hackett and Amy Pickles led the workshops. Together they aimed to create a large-scale collaborative work and individual portraits of people who care for them. See below an insight into the project by Amy Pickles:
Sally and I started by inviting the class to create both figurative and abstract portraits of people who cared for them. Through printmaking methods we expressed how you feel when you are cared for and what we appreciate about care and who it comes from. Colour, shape and pattern were used to make images based on the individuals each child identified as nurturing them - by asking simple questions and tasks such as:
Can you draw their favourite weather?
Draw a line for the way they go to the shops.
Sketch how you make them laugh.
Can you make an image of the meal you think they would like you to make for them?
The first day was spent making a lot of imagery, which was used the next day to make one artwork together. Everyone was asked to cut up the work they had made into different shapes, and arrange it on the wall as a new piece. The prints were made in stages. Layering up pieces on the wall encouraged everyone to look with more focus at the artwork, as well as interlinking the stories of people’s families and friends.
Referencing the political history of printmaking - functioning to not only send a message, but spread an idea, the class made individual mono prints of someone giving them advice. The language of advice was included in the work we made together, as everyone painted the phrase of advice they could remember being told. The paintings were then placed amongst the cut outs as slogans dispersed throughout the work. The slogans ranged from serious to silly, but all resonated with the protective sense we hold when trying to advise the ones we love.
Now the words are passed on.
This project expands on earlier research into care and motherhood Sally and I undertook during a month long residency at the Creative Lab, CCA under the title – Who Nurtured It? in July 2016. The residency involved inviting both our mums to join us. Together we investigated learning and creativity from our childhoods to present day. Both our mums (Sara and Lindy) have been teachers most of their professional lives and have, between them, worked across social work, primary education, community settings and higher education. We discussed the influence of our parents jobs on the decisions myself and Sally make about our own professions, and in turn what influence these roles have on the art we make.
Talking about learning, in all forms, our conversation always returned to risk and vulnerability. We decided these were necessities for personal and social change. That art making was a perfect way in which to safely take a risk or feel vulnerable. Doing something you have never done before in an art class, can open you up to other experiences you feel uneasy about, that have before seemed to difficult to try. Art enables you to embrace uncertainty.
Making portraits without faces, cutting up and rearranging a work you thought was finished, combining it with other people’s artwork and making work about another person not yourself, were all ways to create a sense of risk and uncertainty in the classroom. Doing things without knowing the outcome, but doing it together so it can be embraced and stays fun.
Last night saw members of the Platform Young Company perform News Just In Easterhouse, their co-production with Glasgow based theatre company Random Accomplice. It was a really fun evening as for one night only the news from across Easterhouse was broadcast live in front of a studio audience.
The show was directed by Random Accomplice’s Julie Brown, written by Platform Associate Artist Lewis Hetherington and featured original sound from Ross Brown and some short films from Jamie MacDonald.
Mary Gapinski and Julie Brown were joined onstage by Isabel Nichols, Neila Stephens, Jade Taylor and Marissa Bonnar from the Platform Young Company.
The performance featured numerous short films from the various community arts projects that Platform is currently supporting across Easterhouse as part of the People in Communities programme we are delivering in partnership with Blairtummock Housing Association.
For anyone interested the final film of the evening is available below.
Congratulations to all involved!
The Boys, a band of local young people that meet weekly at the Glenburn Centre, present their new video Most Impressive. Created as part of their ongoing collaboration with Platform Associate Artists KOR! Records, the song and video is, as the title suggests…most impressive!
The picture above was taken as Chris watched his new video for the first time.
Congratulations to all involved and thanks for sharing!
For a little more information about what KOR! Records have been up to at the Glenburn Centre - check out the film below:
This film originally featured in live performance News Just In Easterhouse presented by the Platform Young Company and Random Accomplice.
The footage was filmed and edited by Airship23 with original sound from Ross Brown and you can read more information about the performance here
This Friday Platform Glasgow are hosting a celebration of Adult Learning here at ‘The Bridge’ building in Easterhouse.
Please find some helpful information regards reaching us here
With learning opportunities and taster sessions for all, we look forward to welcoming you from 11-2 this Friday 24th March!
Booking is open from 20th March and term starts April 24th - end June
(All classes run during the May Monday holidays)
£65 Standard Price
£50 Concession & Local Links
* £40 Rebooking offer – Returning music class participants can save £10 by rebooking before Friday 21 April to qualify for this offer. To do so please select local links price then enter the rebooking promo code in the March 2017 music class participant letter. After this date all other prices apply above.
See all the classes in our To Do section
Book online or give us a call 0141 276 9696
Platform is delighted to have Gordon currently working on a body of new work. In 2013, Gordon was involved in our annual Glasgow School of Art fourth year exhibition and produced a live performance accross the swimming pool and auditorium. Since graduating, Gordon has continued to work with Platform leading to conversations around partnership working, the way multiple organisaions occupy and buildings and the connections with people who use the building.
What has been your favourite previous project at Platform?
Made in Easterhouse - Deirdre Nelson and local craft groups, alongside selections from the GEAC archive; Glasgow School of Art annual partnership exhibitions; Chad McCail’s giant wall mural and Alex Frost’s new Easterhouse mosaic are two really great pieces of art that have occupied that space too! Platform’s 10th Birthday Party of course!
What is your first memory of Platform?
My first experience with Platform was a tour of the entire building by Margaret McCormick as part of the Glasgow School of Art partnership exhibition. We were all blown away by the succession of different facilities as the tour went on: a swimming pool, a library, a theatre, a cafe, a college, a dance rehearsal space! Whilst we walked round, Margaret introduced us to the many, many groups who form the larger community around the building. It’s a really special and welcoming place, and even from the first time I came here, I could tell it meant a great deal to everyone involved.
Can you tell us a little about your practice?
I’m a performance artist who organises projects and events with creative partners from a wide variety of different practices. Previous collaborators include: artists, dancers, designers, educators, fan-fiction writers, jewellers, post-punk musicians, philosophers, and theatre-makers. I am interested in the ways people work together, and what impacts these working dynamics have on the culture they produce. I believe in performance as a discipline and lifestyle, and I hope that through the education of performance, we can achieve a greater political understanding of our actions.
What is it that you enjoy about working at Platform?
I enjoy working at Platform because of the absolute energy that surrounds each and every activity here. The vigour from everyone that goes into producing a communal and inclusive culture is tremendous and exciting. I am fascinated by the ways in which so many different organisations, and groups of people can co-inhabit the building so effectively.
I enjoy that every day is different, and there’s no specific rhythm to the way in which the building operates. It reminds me of a rainforest, a space were life flourishes in different cycles maximising on the wealth of nutrients generated and shared through being close.
I enjoy the kindness and generosity I feel from everyone here. I feel so different here, than when I’m in arts and cultural venues closer to the centre of Glasgow and elsewhere. What the community around Platform has, is truly unique.
Habits of the Coexistent with Jamie Kane, Adam Lewis-Jacob, Emmie McLuskey, Helen Savage and Platform; Introduction to Performance with students of Edinburgh College; A Social Report with The Newbridge Project, Newcastle.
The Work Room is an artist led organisation with a programme of supported, choreographic residencies as it’s core.
Applications are now open for ‘The Work Room Residencies’ between July to December 2017.
“The Work Room are delighted to offer new residency opportunities for our members as part of this period, along with along with Platform, the Beacon Arts Centre and Imaginate.”
Full details on these opportunities including how to apply can be downloaded below.
Platform’s Local Links scheme offers great discounts to those living in one of the postcodes below.
Membership is FREE and once you join Local Links, you can enjoy at show at Platform for as little as £4 — which is less than half price.
To become a member please call our Box Office on 0141 276 9696 (opt 1) or pop in and speak to one of the Platform staff.
Eligible postcodes are:
G11, G15, G40, G31 1–5, G32 0, G32 6–9, G33 1–6, G34 0, G34 9, G40 1–4, G69 6–8, G71 7
Annie Love, pictured above (74) from Cranhill has been visiting Platform over the last few years and is a member of Local Links.
Annie said: “I take part in drama groups, attend art exhibitions and use my Local Links discount to visit Platform performances — it’s a brilliant way to see lots of different shows for heavily discounted prices. Culture Café on a Sunday is also wonderful. It’s free and drop in and I like going for the company and interaction — plus there’s a different activity each week to enjoy.”
2016 was Platform’s 10 year anniversary, an exciting point in our company development. We are a small, dedicated team that deliver a participatory arts programme across performance, music and visual art and engage with audiences in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.
Please send your completed Application and Self Declaration form with position applied for in email subject line to email@example.com
Look forward to hearing from you.
Variable hours as required
£8.25ph Glasgow Living Wage
Platform is the thriving arts centre at the heart of the award-winning Bridge complex in Easterhouse. We are seeking to expand our pool of casual front of house staff who are the important first point of contact to our customers. We are looking for enthusiastic and positive individuals to join our expanding team at an exciting time in our development.
The Front of House Assistants provide the warm welcome to Platform and play an vital role in helping to promote our programme and deal with customer enquiries. You will be part of a casual pool of approximately 20 people and work as part of a small and supportive team. You will be available to work evening and weekend shifts.
Deadline for applications is noon on Friday 19 February 2017 with interviews planned for February / March 2017.
Please e-mail Kenny Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss the role further.
Please send your completed Application and Self Declaration form, with position applied for in email subject line, to email@example.com
Download links below:
Front of House Assistant Job Description
Front of House Assistant Application Form (Please download and complete the ‘DOC’ version of this file)
GEAC Self Declaration Guidelines
GEAC Self Declaration Form (Please download and complete the ‘DOC’ version of this file)
21 hours per week
£22,000 per annum pro rata plus company pension scheme
Platform, the thriving arts centre at the heart of the award-winning Bridge complex in Easterhouse is recruiting for a Finance Officer to join our expanding team at an exciting time in our development. We seek an experienced finance professional to lead on the inputting and delivery of all finance systems across the company.
Deadline for applications is noon on Friday 10 February 2017 with interviews planned for Thursday 16 February.
Please e-mail Jenny Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss the role further.
Download links below:
Finance Officer Job Description
Finance Officer Application (Please download and complete the ‘DOC’ version of this file)
GEAC Self Declaration Guidelines
GEAC Self Declaration Application (Please download and complete the ‘DOC’ version of this file)
Platform is proud to host three shows as part of Celtic Connections 2017!
20 Jan 2017
Rayon are lead by Markus Acher of Notwist and feature Sachiko Hara, Cico Beck, Karl Ivar Refseth, Anton Kaun and Tad Klimp. Dòl Eoin MacKinnon and Mairi Morrison are steeped in the tradition of Gaelic Psalm singing and together with their Psalm ensemble have selected some of their favourite Psalms for Rayon to compose new scores for.
A unique collaboration between four incredible and individualistic performers. featuring the combined talents of Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells) and Stephanie Hladowski.
La Banda Europa is a potent symbol of how people from different backgrounds and cultures can come together in common purpose, united by music. This incredible night at Platform will be a collaborative performance by members of the band and friends.
A return ticket costs £5 and can be purchased in Monorail.
Please email: email@example.com to reserve a ticket.
We have been working with a range of partners and community based groups to launch Winterfest; a programme of festive activity and celebration at The Shandwick Centre and across Greater Easterhouse.
Winterfest launched on the 25th Nov and continues over the next two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays: Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December; Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December in the lead up to Christmas at The Shandwick shopping centre and includes a whole host of festive family activities including Christmas Arts and Crafts, Stocking Filler Market and live Reindeer visits. Winterfest also promotes festive fun across Greater Easterhouse including Platform’s festive show Rapunzel, Craft Fayres and Santa’s Grottos galore.
Winterfest is part of Thriving Places Easterhouse, an initiative in nine areas of the city giving local people a chance to change their community.
Cllr Maureen Burke, Chair of Thriving Places Easterhouse said:
“Easterhouse has so much going on in the run up to Christmas and Winterfest brings together two important Thriving Places features: opportunities for local people to tell us what they think about their community and a chance to celebrate what already exists which is an amazing amount of grass roots activity. It’s an exciting time for Greater Easterhouse and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to benefit”
Community Organiser Maggie MacBean Orr, Thriving Places Easterhouse said of Winterfest:
“Local nurseries talked to us about their hopes for Christmas activity. Loads of brilliant activity already takes place every year across Greater Easterhouse. The festive season is the perfect time for local folk to celebrate their community, we want people to talk to us about Easterhouse; what’s working, what’s not but also just enjoy a really great time with their family and friends in the run up to Christmas.”
In 2015 Platform Associate Artist Geraldine Heaney was commissioned to spend a year documenting everything that goes on here in the venue.
This project formed an integral part of Made in Easterhouse, our month long celebration of the building, the people that engage with it and they work that we programme and produce.
A huge thank you to everyone that made a contribution to the film.
If you have any comments or feedback on what you see we would love to hear from you - please send your thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also read a recent interview with Geraldine here
The film was premiered at our EPIC Celebration Day on Friday 28th October and we are delighted to share it with you now…
Katy, what is your first memory of Platform?
I first went to Platform to see a performance by Caroline Bowditch. I remember that it was a dark winter night and the building felt very warm and friendly inside.
What do you enjoy about working in the building?
I enjoy the friendly and inspirational people I work with, and how I come into contact with so many different kinds of people, who all have different experiences and come from different walks of life. I enjoy working in a place where creativity is seen as a vital part of a community and where experimentation is valued.
How would you describe yourself and the work you make?
I am a theatre maker who is interested in dehumanisation, censorship and freedom of speech. I aim to create devised performances to invite audiences to re visit difficult aspects of human nature, and think about how we can begin to acknowledge and talk about their effects. In recent performances I have explored ideas of otherness, feminism, performance in places of conflict and how performance can be used as a re-humanising act. I am interested in creating work that gets audiences to create their own moral guidelines. I see performance as a way in which societal rules can be confused and distorted, and where we can transform into anyone/anything. I draw from personal experience, interview,
iconography and exploration of materials and image.
What are you currently making?
At the moment I am working with the Creative Collective at Platform on mapping our stories of Easterhouse. We are looking to do this through use of recorded sound, technology, walking, guided tours, map making and even ghost stories.
I am also continuing to work with children in Play Station, where we meet each week to play games, explore creative ideas and make performances.
In terms of my solo practice I am working on making a new performance called Flag which is to be performed at The Rich Mix in London in November as part of their Radical Ideas commissions and celebrations of the history of the East End of London. Flag is an investigation into Union Jacks, fluttering bunting, pride and shame, and the ambivalence of contemporary British identity. It may also include The Spice Girls…
I am also working on touring and developing a performance called Baby Face which is a piece that explores the infantilisation of adult women. The piece was performed last year at Camden People’s Theatre as part of Calm Down Dear festival of feminist performance, and at Buzzcut in Glasgow this year. It is due to be performed in Bristol 2017.
Katy’s work with the Creative Collective will be shared as part of the Made in Easterhouse Festival - for more information about the festival click here
Nik is a very familiar face for anyone that has visited Play Cafe over the last three years. A fantastic musician and performance maker Nik has delivered loads of creative and enjoyable sessions and there are plenty more coming up over the year ahead! Here he talks a little about his work and why he enjoys working at Platform:
Nik, how would you describe what you do?
I am a musician/composer and sound designer. I very much enjoy experimenting with using technology in a creative way to enhance a theatre experience. I am also a collector of sounds, I often travel equipped with a digital audio recorder in order to capture any interesting sounds I might hear.
What are you currently working on?
Soap & Bubbles [which will be familiar to regular Play Cafe audience members!], The Sound Lab and an as yet untitled Interactive Dance piece!
Do you enjoy spending time at Platform?
I very much enjoy spending time at Platform, it is an excellent environment to develop and create work as well as a great place to see high quality productions. One of my favourite things about Platform is that I am constantly bumping into highly creative people whenever I’m there, I feel a real sense of community both in an artistic and in a local sense.
On Wednesday 14th September Charlotte Allan visited Play Cafe and made some sound recordings of the session. These are now available to listen to by following this link
Hope you enjoy the tracks and we look forward to welcoming Charlotte and her team back to Play Cafe soon!
Following a year of full houses, Chrysalis returns this November for its second festival weekend to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. New elements have been added, as well as even more exceptional works by emerging young talent.
Building on last year’s success, the second Chrysalis Festival brings together seven selected youth theatre groups from across Europe to perform dramatic pieces written by them. Each will showcase their ambitious work at the Traverse Theatre over three days from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016.
Groups taking part this year include Deptford’s Sound Like Chaos and The Albany, Tron Young Company and Platform young Company, both from Glasgow, and Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre from Malta. Themes explored this year range from love and war to coping with loss and surviving the end of the world. New for 2016, the Crysalis Emergence strand presents three 20-minute experimental and risk-taking new works-in-progress by promising young theatre makers. Audiences will have the chance to enjoy a variety of original voices and fresh perspectives and also contribute their thoughts and ideas on how each piece might develop.
Running alongside the main performance programme, Chrysalis Too offers a curated series of workshops and talks focusing on current trends and challenges in contemporary theatre practice.
“Chrysalis is an important new festival on the capitals cultural calendar. With the 12 main Edinburgh Festivals confirming that they attracted as many visitors as the World Cup, the nation can be proud of its creative reputation around the world. But there are other important grass-roots festivals helping to push the vanguard of new work and activity year round in the city. The Chrysalis festival of emerging talent at the Traverse Theatre joins a number of other innovative mini-festivals that help to grow Scotland’s reputation for innovative arts.” Kenny McGlashan, CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland
Tickets and festival ticket packages are available via the Traverse Theatre Box Office at www.traverse.co.uk or 0131 228 1404
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a large scale project in conjunction with Universal Comedy and North Lanarkshire Council, working with vulnerable adults to create a piece of comedic work raising awareness of disability hate crime.
As well as these two projects I am working with Creation Station at Platform. Sadly, due to time constraints, this will be the first year in a long while that I will not be working with Play Station too.
How would you describe the work you make?
It is hard to succinctly describe my broad ranging practice – I go by many titles; performer, actor, comedian, director, writer, maker. Facilitator and enthusiast.
Whatever the project I am working on I always ask myself:
“How can this work offer a space to feel human connection.”
I think all art is the embodiment of connecting our feelings, our thoughts and our bodies – creating a moment in time when people can connect and a space that reminds us what it is to be a person floating around in infinite space.
Do you remember anything about the first time you visited Platform?
My first memory of Platform was the feeling that I got when I walked into the building. This bright, airy and creative space that felt like the best balance of freedom and support that an emerging artist could ask for.
What is it that you enjoy about working here?
I most enjoy the people I get to work with. All the artists I have collaborated with and the people young and old who make the building fun to be in. The people who make the work that takes place exciting and invigorating to be involved in.
Are there any particular projects that you have enjoyed working on?
One of my favourite projects within Platform was when I worked on “Jawtanic”. A piece of new work created by Creation Station that was performed in the main auditorium. The show took some serious inspiration from both the films Jaws and Titanic!
Pass it On, the performance that Sarah has been making with Creation Station will be performed at the Platform and Starcatchers and Platform Family Day as part of the Made in Easterhouse Festival for more information click here
Pete, what is your first memory of Platform?
I came to see a performance by Lab Station called The Grandfathers - which was amazing, and still one of the best performances by a young company I’ve ever seen. The same year I brought my dad and sister to see Hansel and Gretel - the Christmas show that year. It was great!
How would you describe the work that you make?
I am a performer and director. I make performances that take their inspiration from real-life stories and experiences, and that attempt to ask big questions about the world we live in.
They’re often very physical, and sometimes incorporate live music. I like working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and a lot of my work is made with people who aren’t trained performers.
What is it that you enjoy about working in the building?
As well as being an amazing building with some really great spaces to work in, Platform is always full of brilliant people. There’s always a variety of things happening there which bring a mix of people together who you might not usually see in an arts venue, and that creates a really exciting atmosphere. As an artist it’s a mega inspiring environment to work in!
Creating Bird Bones at Platform over the past two years has been one of my favourite things to do. Everyone at Platform has been really supportive of it and working with Lennon and Olivia and the artistic team was really great.
I also recently worked with the brilliant Creative Collective and Matt Addicott to create Now We Are 10 - a performance about being 10 that was part of Platform’s birthday celebrations. Working with the group was a lot of fun and often absolutely hilarious.
What are you currently working on?
This October I’m performing in two shows as part of the Made in Easterhouse programme - Wild Life Sarah Hopfinger’s intergenerational show about wildness, and Bird Bones, a show I made at Platform in collaboration with Ellie Dubois and two local young people. It’s performed by two children and one adult (me), who run, jump, catch, hang, climb, spin, and fall. Bird Bones is about fragility, fear, and our relationships to death.
At Platform I’ve also been working with Geraldine Heaney and Kim Donohoe as part of Sprog Rock at Play Café, making music and performances for the under 5s and their families who come along.
I’m also working on Irene and Alex - a new performance made with Kim Donohoe about the unusual love between a research scientist and her test subject.
As well as my theatre projects, I’m part of KOR! Records, who are Platform associate artists too - check them out!
Beginning on Friday 30th September, we are celebrating the tenth month of our tenth year with our Made in Easterhouse festival. Lasting the whole of October 2016, we present performance, music, visual arts and participation.
The following exhibits and performances are being featured as part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival. Luminate is an annual festival that takes place across the length and breadth of Scotland each October, offering the chance to celebrate creativity, share stories and to explore what age means to all of us.
This exhibition kicks off the Made in Easterhouse festival. The exhibition is a celebration of creativity in Easterhouse past and present and ‘making’ in all its forms. Artist in residence Deirdre Nelson was inspired by the groups and individuals she met during residency and so presents a collective selection of objects which represent the diverse place that Easterhouse is in terms of location, heritage and people.
Fri 30 Oct - Sun 27 Nov
Wild Life is a live performance that is a meditation and celebration of wildness. Devised and performed by a collective of three children and five adults, and directed by Sarah Hopfinger, this is a fun, playful and wild inter-generational performance, which sits between dance, live art and contemporary performance.
Wed 12 & Thu 13 Oct
£8.50 / £5 / £4
We are delighted to host this traditional tea dance led by a live band. With dance instructors on hand, tea, cakes, guest vocalists and more than enough quicksteps, foxtrots and waltzes to satisfy first-timers and veterans alike. Our auditorium will be transformed into an amazing ballroom featuring beautiful handmade art works and objects created by local people in collaboration with our artist in residence, Deirdre Nelson.
Fri 14 Oct
£8.50 / £5 / £4
Last year theatre maker and highly skilled performer Ellie Dubois worked alongside Pete Lannon and two local children to create Bird Bones a new and original performance exploring risk taking and what it is to be alive. Platform is delighted to bring the show back as part of our anniversary celebrations and here Ellie talks about her work and her feelings towards the venue.
Ellie, can you tell us a little about your work, how you make it and what inspires you?
I make contemporary performance that often has a circus element. I love circus. I love watching people push their bodies to their physical limits but I think that there are lots of areas still currently unexplored by circus artists and I am slowly in my own practice exploring them.
I want to make contemporary circus in Scotland that will eventually tour internationally - that is the dream!
And what is it about Platform that you like?
I always feel supported. No idea is too stupid to mention. I have been allowed time and space and money to help develop my work and become a better artist.
Bird Bones will be performed along with Broken on Wednesday 26th October 2016 as part of the Made in Easterhouse festival, for more information and to book tickets click here
Ahead of SWITCH, a day long experimental music event suitable for all, the brains behind the idea Platform Associate Artists KOR! Records talk about what it is like to work in the building and share what they are currently up working on:
What was your first memory of Platform?
The whole KOR! Team have been members of the Platform family as individuals for many years.As KOR! Records, we had a meeting quite early on in the café with [Platform Music Programmer] Alun Woodward that we came away from really excited about what we were doing and all of the potential collaborations and projects.
What is it about the venue that makes you keep coming back?
There’s so many brilliant people at Platform.We are also excited by the opportunities to work with the wider networks Platform has with the people in the East of Glasgow.
There’s always space to take a risk at Platform and that is the kind of attitude we really appreciate!
And what are you currently working on?
We’re currently pretty busy! There is Band Together/Faces in the Crowd where we’re working with a group of teenagers in West Lothian to rehearse, record and perform their own music. We are holding a weekly drop in music session focusing on improvisation and experimentation with the Glenburn Community Centre and then there is SWITCH which sees us collaborating with Platform and Sensatronic Lab to host a punk DIY inclusive music event in October.
SWITCH will be held at Platform on Saturday 15th October as part of the Made in Easterhouse Festival for more information and to book tickets please click here
Eoin has been heavily involved with Broken which will be performed by Lab Station, Platform’s performance group for everyone aged 12-18 years, as part of Made in Easterhouse on Wednesday 26th October, here he talks a little about his work and the connection he has to the venue.
Eoin, what is your first memory of Platform?
I started as a participant of the weekly drama classes when Platform first opened 10 years ago when I was around 9 years old, and I’ve just kind of stuck around since then!
What keeps you coming back?
What I love most about Platform is the space is always filled with people, so it kind of naturally has this sort of buzz which is a really nice environment to be a part of.
I think as well, for me, for them to help me develop when I was a teenager and became interested in performance more than just casually participating in it, was great. And now for them to continue to support me as a young artist as well is really fantastic! I’m a big fan of Platform!
Can you tell us a little more about your work, how you create performances and what you feel is important?
I’m really interested in using what I do as a performance maker to address things that I find relevant to myself or the people I’m working with; I guess this often means the work I’m involved with is political, personal and hopefully starts conversations. I try not to limit what I make to being on stage or in a theatre, as I often find stuff that happens in different spaces much more exciting!
So when I start making work, I often begin with a simple idea or thought and then just explore what that is and see where it goes – I like not knowing what I’m doing, that’s when I’m having the most fun! Currently, I’m working on a performance with projectors and karaoke, but it’s all still a bit up in the air right now – which is exciting.
Eoin has assisted Lou Brodie with the creation of Broken see it here at Platform as part of a double with Bird Bones on Wednesday 26th October. For more information and to book tickets please click here
Maria has been working with Platform youth theatre groups for some years now - here she tells us what she is currently working on and what keeps her coming back to Platform.
Hello Maria! What are you currently working on?
At Platform I’m working with Creation Station on an early years performance project, which is really exciting!
I love working with Creation Station. I love that we try and work as a collective of artists and not in a top-down structure. I love that we don’t feel bound to making performance in only one way. Most of all, I love all of the ideas we come up with. Especially the ones I would never have thought of on my own!
I am also working with Starcatchers’ on the Expecting Something project in Fife for babies under 2 and their parents.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you make what you make?
My practice currently centres on making work for and with children and families and I’m really interested in making space for children and their parents to explore and play together, where we can try things out that might not work and not know the answer and feel okay in the not knowing.
I’m particularly interested in making performance for very young babies, although I’m not sure exactly how this might manifest yet. I’m looking at finding ways to bring technology into my work as it’s something I play with in my spare time but have never attempted to incorporate into my arts practice.
When did you first visit Platform?
I can’t believe it’s 5 years ago that I used to assist on the National Youth Theatre’s Now Your Turn workshops*, and I remember coming in for the first time and it feeling so busy and alive!
*This group is now called the Platform Young Company and more information about them can be found here
And what is it that you enjoy about working at Platform?
It’s a venue that cares deeply for artists and audiences equally. Artists are given space to explore and try things out and take risks, and audiences are given the chance to see some truly new and exciting work. I love the community of people who work at Platform; all the conversations that happen over a cup of tea; all of the hard work and all of the ambition to be better.
I’m so lucky to work alongside all of these amazing people. Long may it continue!
Pass it On - the early years performance that Maria has been making with Creation Station can be seen at the Starcatchers and Platform Family Day on Saturday 1st October - for more information about the event click here
In 2014, as part of her PhD studies, Sarah created Wild Life with support from Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Platform. Two years later we are delighted to support the return of this unique and exciting production as part of the Made in Easterhouse Festival.
Sarah, what is it that you enjoy about working at Platform?
I find Platform a brilliant community to be part of. The venue is outward-looking and open to artists and its local community. Matt and the rest of the team are so supportive of new ideas and projects, and there’s a feeling of excitement and possibility about the place and people. I enjoy how down to earth the place feels and the way that people of all ages and backgrounds use the venue.
Can you tell us a little about your practice, how you make work?
I am a theatre-maker based in Glasgow - I direct, perform and research performance. Inclusivity and collaboration underpin my practice and I work with a diversity of collaborators and performers, including children, adults (not trained in performance), professional performers and other artists (such as film-makers, musicians and visual artists). The performances I make involve, and sit between, choreography, dance, theatre, play and live art.
I am currently completing my PhD, which is practice-based research project into the relationship between performance and ecology. I am interested in how performance, in its process and product, can embody our human interconnectedness to the ecologies of the Earth.
Can you remember anything about your first visit to the venue?
It was pouring with rain outside and when I entered the building someone I didn’t know gave me a lovely smile and I immediately had a good feeling about Platform!
Sarah and the company of performers she is working with will present Wild Life as part of the Made in Easterhouse festival on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October for more information and to book tickets click here
What is it that you enjoy about working at Platform?
We really enjoy working with young people and being a part of the community at Platform. We are interested in engaging young people in the work in order to explore how we make work.
We are interested in the broad range of activities, facilities and communities within Platform and surrounding environment and how these territories and communities intersect.
The Bridge and Platform are particularly interesting public spaces for us to work in as we are interested in public projects, ceremonies and events, which encourage engagement with a variety of audiences and are collaborative in nature.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your practice, how you make work?
We are a collaborative duo based in Glasgow whose work spans sculpture, performance and installation using a wide variety of media. We have been working together since graduating in 2008 on a range of projects including formally as part of the artist collective NOWNOW and currently as part of Glasgow-based band Fallopé & the Tubes.
We often use imagery, handmade props and costume relating to the body, along with its physical and metaphorical associations providing a sense of familiarity for the audience, all the while generating irony and humour. Our work presents aspirations and desires of a group of people, regularly playing out a fantasy. Our practice has been informed by working directly with various communities, specifically taking influence from groups of children and young people.
These immersive performances and social experiments take root in DIY culture with ideas relating to childhood nostalgia, public ceremony and a celebration of the home-made.
Ruby and Nadia work every week with Nu Generation, a visual art workshop for young people aged 11 and over. They have created big costumes and puppets for the winter and summer carnivals and will be sharing some of what they have been working on as part of the Made in Easterhouse festival
One of the 2016/17 Platform Associate Artists, Geraldine Heaney is often to be found in the venue and this October will be no different as she is involved with at least four different projects that will be presented as part of the Made in Easterhouse festival.
Geraldine, how did you first get involved with Platform?
I was invited to deliver some workshops with a Beat-boxer for Lab Station in 2010. Since then I have worked on projects in Nurseries around Easterhouse, performed in Hansel and Gretel, the Platform Christmas Show in 2011 and created lots of new work with Creation Station.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve spent lots of time creating a film of a year in the life of this excellent building! I’ve been present at lots of events over the tenth year of the building and look forward to sharing what I’ve made at the Made in Easterhouse EPIC Celebration Day on Friday 28th October. I’ve also been working with Starcatchers to create a film exploring the Early Years arts sector in Scotland over the last ten years. This will be shared as part of the Platform and Starcatchers Family Day on Saturday 1st October.
I also work with Creation Station, the weekly 7-12 year old Drama group at Platform and together we are currently creating a show for 3-6 year olds called Pass it On that will also be shared at the Platform and Starcatchers Family Day.
I am Co-Director of KOR! Records, a record label that run music projects for young people with additional support needs. We have been working closely with Platform and Sensatronic Lab and are really excited about SWITCH, an experimental music event for everyone on Saturday 15th October.
And, if that wasn’t enough, Geraldine can also be seen performing in Wild Life as part of Made in Easterhouse on the 12th and 13th October.
The Made in Easterhouse Exhibition opens a month-long festival of the same name on Friday 30th September from 4pm.
The exhibition is running through until Sunday 27th November and celebrates ‘making’ in all its forms. Artist-in-residence Deirdre Nelson has spent a great deal of time working with local groups to discuss both contemporary and historical aspects of Easterhouse. As a result of this body of research Deirdre will create a textile inspired by the micro and macro in the location and history of Easterhouse.
New collaborations have emerged involving sound, photography and textiles with sound artist Jason Singh and photographer Colin Tennant.
Join Deirdre and some of the people that she has been working with this Friday to celebrate their work and kick off the festivities for the tenth month of our tenth year!
The Made in Easterhouse Festival features a great deal of work created here at Platform by our current Associate Artists and we’ll be introducing you to them and their work over the next few days - watch this space…
Part of our 10 year celebrations, Platform is proud to unveil the latest instalment of its mission to bring the finest musicians from near and afar to the east end of Glasgow with the sixth annual Eastern Promise festival – two nights of live music designed to enthral and energise, confound and provoke.
The headline act on the opening night is Emma Pollock, whose third solo album In Search of Harperfield drew lashings of praise upon its release in January – and rightly so. A career high, the album’s reception paved the way for a slew of tour dates and festival appearances including Latitude, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Green Man.
The second evening sees Platform welcome Alexis Taylor of the roundly adored electronic band Hot Chip. In 2016 Taylor released his second solo album Piano, a collection of original songs and cover versions delivered in a blissfully minimalist fashion.
From immersive songwriting to theatrical dance-pop via freeform folk and jangling melodicism, Platform is humbled to present 10 of the most engaging acts in contemporary music across two stages on October 7 and 8. The following acts complete Eastern Promise:
FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER:
Modern Studies – enchanting Glasgow-based chamber-pop quartet who release their debut album Swell to Great on Song, By Toad this autumn;
Rick Redbeard – the Phantom Band’s Rick Anthony dons his solo folk guise as second solo album Awake Unto (Chemikal Underground) gathers critical and commercial momentum;
Whyte – Achingly beautiful Gaelic vocals immersed in subtle minimal electronica;
Spinning Coin – Guitar urchins taking ragged melodicism by the scruff of the neck and breathing summery new life into the art of the pop song. Endorsed by Edwyn Collins and the Pastels … say no more.
SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER:
Grumbling Fur – Psych duo Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan released their fourth album Furfour on Thrill Jockey earlier this year, an essential insight into a shared universe that spans comics, theology and untrammeled artistic experimentation;
Hen Ogledd – aka an unpredictable, uplifting collaboration between rebel folk singer-songwriter (and proud son of Newcastle) Richard Dawson and Welsh free harpist Rhodri Davies;
The Flexibles – a new trio featuring Richard Youngs, his son Sorley and Andrew Paine, whose debut album Pink Everything is released by Glasgow’s increasingly essential Night School Records;
Snails – an experimental pop trio from Bristol ploughing a furrow established by outsiders such as Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers and Nico.
Eastern Promise takes place on October 7 and 8
Tickets priced £10 per night or £15 for both nights, available from Monorail (monorailmusic.com), Tickets Scotland (tickets-scotland.com) and Platform (platform-online.co.uk). Platform also offers a Local Links ticket at £7.5 per night £11 for the weekend.
A bus will leave Mono (12 King’s Court, Glasgow) each night at 6.00pm and return after 11pm. A return ticket costs £5.
Art Factory Trip to studio of Mitch Miller | WASPS, Hanson Street Tuesday 26 July 2016
Platform have invited artist Mitch Miller to create a Dialectogram, the word, Dialectogram has been made up by Mitch to describe the type of drawings he creates. The drawings describe a place, and the life that makes it a place, from the point of view of local people. Through conversations with individuals and groups that meet at Platform, Mitch will create a Dialectogram of Platform and Easterhouse.
The Art Factory is Platforms weekly visual arts group for adults who Mitch will work alongside over the coming weeks. This period of time will be a period of research for Mitch as well as inspire the group to create their own new artwork that captures Platform and the surrounding area, as part of Platform’s 10 year celebrations in October.
On Tuesday, the group visited Mitch’s studio at WASPS, Hanson Street to hear more about Mitch’s art work and past projects. The Art Factory’s lead artist Heather Lander describes the trip here:
“Today the Art Factory, the weekly Tuesday afternoon arts group based in Platform, the Bridge in Easterhouse, travelled to Wasps studios at Hanson Street to learn a bit about the mapping work of Mitch Miller. Miller has been commissioned by Platform to create a Dialectogram, his unique stylised version of a map of the building, and everything that goes on within it. In part to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the building itself, but also to engage with all of the people that regularly visit the Bridge. He invited us to visit his studio for a visit today, and shared a lot of creative thought processes that we will be bringing back with us to the Art Factory.
Mitch Miller has created several intricate dialectograms of the Red Road Flats in Glasgow before their demolition and the Brig bar, a now closed down completely underground historic Glasgow pub venue. He has also worked with mapping ideas in connection to established ‘travellers’ caravan sites within Glasgow. Very fascinating interpretations of the idea of the map as a story telling medium and so intricate and rich in their detail. These dialectograms tell the stories of the places they map, with the artist and his personality coming through equally to those of the stories he is telling.
It was very inspiring for us, as the Art Factory will be creating and presenting its own unique visual map of Easterhouse and the Bridge as part of the ten year celebrations. In addition to Mitch Miller being commissioned to create his dialectogram, he will also be joining us each week at the Art Factory, to help us with our map and do his own research for his map. We are all looking forward to where this project takes us!”
Play Cafe was led by Creation Station this week who shared some ideas for their next show with families this morning.
Creation Station members Lennon and Maya along with honorary members Geraldine and Thom performed new material from the, as yet unnamed performance that the group will continue to work on ahead of their grand premiere which will form part of the Made in Easterhouse festival this October.
The material they shared today was lots of fun and featured loads of balloons!
From Platform Associate Artist Geraldine Heaney:
“Before the summer holidays Creation Station have been experimenting and thinking about how to make a show for children younger than themselves.
We stared by looking at childrens books and trying to work out what we thought 3-6 year olds like.
We spent time playing with balloons.
We spent time trying to make each other laugh.
We spent time telling funny stories about our younger friends, little brothers and sisters.
The performance seemed to go down well, we all had fun doing it and it’s given us lots of ideas to take back to the rest of Creation Station after the summer holidays.
We’re going to do this performance again on 1st October.
Expect balloons, boxes and a bit of anarchy!”
We are delighted to announce the programme for our 10th birthday party!.
The event kicks off with a carnival parade starting from FARE which ends at The Bridge. But that is not where the fun ends - oh no. Then you can enjoy music from Mungo’s Hi Fi, Dharam Singh and the Dhol Drummers.
Plus there will be a pool party, market stalls and don’t forget the roller disco in our main auditorium.
Too see full list click here.
Grinagog Theatre’s Row Your Boat is now sold out!
Don’t forget that there are 3 days of summer fun coming up later this month. There will be carnival parades and festivals at Alexandra Park on 23rd, Springburn 24th and at The Bridge on 30th July. More information here.
NFYT is the National Festival of Youth Theatre, the UK’s largest annual gathering of youth theatres.
This exciting annual event is the only opportunity for Scotland’s youth theatre participants to come together, discover a shared passion and develop as artists, audience members and creative thinkers. With an emphasis on inclusion, education and collaboration, NFYT aims to remove barriers, teach valuable life skills and provide extraordinary new experiences.
Every year the festival welcomes around 250 young participants aged 14+ representing up to 15 different youth theatres from across Scotland and overseas.
Lab Station were honored to be performing this year, taking their devised show ‘Broken’ to the stage. Check out these great production photos!
More information about Lab Station and how to get involved is here.
Some members of Platform’s senior drama group Lab Sation travelled to Italy to perform at an international festival of youth theatre in Pisa! Group member, Jack McGruer sent us this message:
Hi! We’ve been having a great time eating out, having loads of pizzas and pasta. The festival kicked off properly tonight with a great movement based performance exploring gender from a company in Essex. Yesterday we spent a few hours on the beach in Viareggio where we are staying, and today we took a trip through to Pisa. We’re all loving the life of international artists.
Check out their holiday snaps! Go Lab Station!
Our Summer Arts Camp places are now fully booked. However if you live locally in the Easterhouse area, please get involved with FARE, Innerzone, The Connie and Glenburn Centre’s summer programmes as they will be bringing some children along to take part in the Camp.
For more information about each of the local youth provider’s summer programme & availability please contact:
FARE – 0141 771 9151
Ask for Chris Kerr or Stefanie Mooney
Innersole/The Connie – 0141 781 9918
Ask for Sandie Armstrong
Glenburn Centre - 0141 781 2277
Ask for Andy Gilbert or Libby Brown
It’s new, it’s pretty and it’s jam-packed with info on our upcoming season. Ladies and Gentlemen - may we present our June - December 2016 Whats On.
June - December 2016 is no ordinary season for us. We still have the usual favourites - Headspace, Gender Programming and Eastern Promises. However this is our 10th birthday and we will be celebrating it throughout the season. Firstly on 30th July we are having a birthday party with our partners in The Bridge. Then throughout the whole of October we celebrate the work we have created right here in Easterhouse… and it is called Made in Easterhouse!
Happy reading…...click here.
P.s. you can also book tickets online - go on have a look here.
We have now entered the 21st century! Yes we finally have online booking for all our future shows - look see!
If you want to claim your Local Links discount online then you need to register as a Local Links member first. Call in to Platform or call our Box Office to register on 0141 276 9696 (opt 1).
Do you come here often? Have you got any stories about the building? Would you like to be in a film?
Platform is Turning 10 this year and one of our artists, Geraldine Heaney, is making a film to celebrate the exciting events, brilliant people and unique nature of Platform.
On Monday 27th June Geraldine is going to run a day long workshop to generate some material for the film and she’s looking for a group of people of all ages to come along and get involved.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
The day will involve:
It will be from 10am – 3pm with a lunch break.
If you are interested please contact Geraldine to sign up or to ask any questions.
Deirdre Nelson is currently artist in residence at Platform and is working on a project called #MadeinEasterhouse. The project documents everyday making and celebrates people, place and skills, challenging stereotypes of the area.
8 table cloths have been created and we are looking for people to join Deirdre to help embroider, design and create.
→ Light refreshments will be provided
→ No experience needed
Sessions are drop in 11am - 3pm
Jun 9 & 23
Jul 7, 21 & 30
Aug 4 & 18
Sep 1 & 15
For more information contact 0141 276 9696 or email email@example.com
Instagram → map_making
twitter → @map_MAKING
Project Ability is pleased to announce Edward Henry as the 2016 Artist in Residence at Platform in Easterhouse from 14 June to 19 July. Following on from Jonathan McKinstry’s residency last year, Henry will be working at Platform once a week for six weeks.
Project Ability and Platform have explored collaborations in many forms since ‘The Bridge’ opened ten years ago. Our annual exhibition of large paintings by artists in our Aspire group is one of the highlights of our exhibition calendar. Edward Henry is a local resident to Platform, and a highly talented, long-standing artist working at Project Ability in the Aspire programme.
Over these six week Edward will set up studio in ‘The Bridge’ and create work which will form part of our annual painting exhibition at Platform which runs from 9 June to 31 July. He will be supported throughout the residency by artist Scott Lang. Edward’s paintings most often depict real life scenes and still life in his distinctly recognisable style. A small selection of his paintings can be viewed on his Project Ability artists’ page, http://www.project-ability.co.uk/artists/edward-henry.
We are delighted to be working with Platform and to award Edward with this residency. We will post updates throughout the residency of the work Edward creates. Watch this space!
Today our Try It Out group left Platform for Glasgow City Chambers to perform in front of an audience of over 200.
Over the past 4 weeks the young people have been based at Platform, working with staff and artists to gain valuable experience of what it’s like to work in a venue such as ours!
They were then asked to present some of their work at the Chambers.
They did a great job -we are so proud and we will really miss them… good luck!
During the Easter holidays Creation Station had an exciting opportunity to share the film they worked on last term The Old Woman Who Did Not Like Art at international art festival: Buzzcut.
Some members of the group attended the festival, saw a range of experimental performance art and met some interesting artist for Glasgow and beyond.
It was great to premiere the film at Buzzcut and now brilliant to be able to share it more widely - have a look here if you haven’t already!
The new term has started, a few new faces have joined us and we’re starting on a brand new project. More information on that soon…
Every day is a creative day at Platform. Just one example of this is Nu Generation - sessions run every Tuesday for anyone aged 11+ interested in creating their own artwork.
We have been astounding by the work created - see for yourself here
If you would like more information on Nu Generation click here.
We have something very exciting going on in the building at the moment. Young people are getting the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the creative industries thanks to the Try It Out programme! Some of the participants will be working with artists to create a piece of work at the end of the 4 weeks. We will keep you up to date.
Good luck Tryitouters!
Outskirts 2016 was our most successful Outskirts ever so first and foremost we would like to thank YOU for coming along and sharing the event with us
As a thank you we thought we would post just a few images from the day ... enjoy
What a weekend!
Outskirts 2016 was sold out and what a great atmosphere in the building.
Crowds were treated to a very special collaboration between Scottish Album of the Year award winner Kathryn Joseph and The Twilight Sad front man James Graham who performed newly-written material, alongside longtime Joseph collaborator Marcus Mackay. Elsewhere, composer and pianist Matthew Bourne performed his new album moogmemory, and jazz duo Herschel 36 performed their new score for ground-breaking German silent film Wunder der Schöpfung.
Glasgow-based physical theatre group Company of Wolves presented A Brief History of Evil, while aerial artist and theatre-maker Ellie Dubois brought her award-winning one on one performance piece Ringside.
We also teamed up with the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, hosting ‘nomadic installation’ Bitter Rose, Mega Hammer from Jedrzej Cichosz and Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, as well as Hap Up Easterhouse from Platform’s artist in residence Mandy McIntosh.
Pro photos from the day will be with us soon, but until then check out some of the great comments from Facebook and Twitter:
They’re voices are a match made in heaven. It’ll be criminal if they didn’t release those songs! #outskirtsfestival | hussaina @blue405
Entertaining, engaging, funny & touching show from
@IshbelMcF @FERAL_Arts @PlatformGlasgow #outskirtsfestival | Avril Cadden @AvrilCadden
Our #GlasGigOfTheDay is #outskirtsfestival | GlasgowMusicCityTour
Had a great time with Ringside at the lovely Outskirts
festival @PlatformGlasgow. Exciting things happening in Easterhouse | Ellie Dubois @ellie_dubois
All kinds of wild and weird stuff happening here
@PlatformGlasgow today for #outskirtsfestival | Beth Frieden @BethFrieden
We are currently updating our website to include the option to buy tickets online.
In the mean time you can get your ticket for Outskirts through the Tickets Scotland website here or by calling the Platform Box Office on 0141 276 9696 (opt 1).
As a result of her residency, Deirdre Nelson celebrates making in Easterhouse through the project and exhibition of the same name, made in Easterhouse. The exhibition will feature artworks made by Deirdre and artists she has invited to work with Jason Singh and Colin Tennant. The artworks explore the area of Easterhouse mapping the area and its people.
In celebration of 10 years of Platform, the exhibition will host and celebrate the creativity of Easterhouse past and present. Craft, art, plays and compositions will be presented in celebration of Easterhouse and Platform. The exhibition will elevate ‘making’ and ‘made in Easterhouse’ in all its forms.
Follow and join us on our conversation #madeineasterhouse.
We are running a bus from Mono, Kings Court to Outskirts (and back again at the end). So we can make sure there are enough spaces we strongly urge you to pre-book. You can buy your return from Mono or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Bus leaves Mono at 2:30pm
We are so excited for Outskirts this Saturday. There is so much going on - music from Matthew Bourne, Kathryn Joseph, James Graham and Herschel 36; performances from Company of Wolves,Harry Wilson, Ellie Dubois and Ishbel McFarlane; visual art and fashion events from Mandy McIntosh, Mega Hammer, Bitter Rose, Deidre Nelson & Jason Singh; plus film screenings and sound installations throughout the day.
Ellie Dubois and Pete Lannon have been working at Platform to rehearse and present Bird Bones a new and exciting performance featuring two members of Creation Station - our drama class for 8 - 12 year olds.
The opening for Hap Up Easterhouse by Mandy McIntosh went really well. Great attendances and we even spotted people sleeping in the beds! Come and see the exhibition - it is free and open until 25 April
Mandy McIntosh has been our artist in residence over the past few months. She has been working with local residents and students of Glasgow Kelvin College to create print designs. These will be incorporated into fashion pieces and other items of upholstery like blankets.
So what does Hap Up mean? Well, it’s old Scots and means Wrap up and Stay Warm Easterhouse – it’s a reference to how the work on display can be literally used by Easterhouse residents to get cosy.
So come along and get cosy at our exhibition – open until 25 April.
We invited people from the local area to enjoy tea and cakes and then get up and boogie to the sounds of That Swing Sensation Band. We were also treated to dancing from the Kennedy Cupcakes.
The ladies did not have to leave their seats as they were waited on by the hugely professional and amazingly friendly students from Glasgow Kelvin College.
Table decorations were created by the participants who have been working with artist Deirdre Nelson under the banner #Madeineasterhouse
Woah! We made it to the end of the term!
What an exciting term it’s been. We’ve shared lots of ideas, worked with interesting artists, created our own versions of Artworks and made a film.
The reason you haven’t seen the film yet is because it is going to premier at Buzzcut Festival.
Members of Creation Station will be attending the festival to present the film on Thursday 7th April at 4pm.
Another thing later in the month to keep your eyes peeled for at Platform is Bird Bones. Two members of Creation Station, Olivia and Lennon, have been working with Peter Lannon and Ellie Dubois on their new show.
Bird Bones is on at Platform on 15th April as part of Glasgow Youth Arts Hub Festival. (It’s for 12yrs+ so probably more for Creation Station fans, than members!)
Have a great break and I look forward to hitting the ground running when term starts back on 18th April!
She has had an amazing 10 years building Platform’s reputation as a major leading community venue, even winning an award for audience www. She is moving on to Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock to be their CEO.
Jackie will be replaced by Jenny Crowe who officially starts on the 18th April. We wish Jackie all the best of luck and look forward to see where
Jenny will lead us for the future.
Popped into the Studio Theatre on Saturday to find that Play Station had traveled to the moon for their last workshop of term. Luckily they sent back this picture for us all!
Have a great holiday and we’ll see you on Saturday 23rd April for the first workshop of the new term!
Our annual celebration of cross art form experimentation returns this April with an impressive line-up of artists representing music, spoken word, film and moving image, visual arts, aerial performance and family events.
The full line-up has now been confirmed with extra names added including theatre-maker Martin O’Connor and sound artist Nichola Scrutton whose conversations with members of recovery cafes will form the basis of a sound installation; Platform’s artist in residence Deirdre Nelson’s who has collaborated with later life groups to produce a set of digitally printed tablecloths inspired by past and present Easterhouse; Performance maker, researcher and sound artist Harry Wilson presents Kairos a performance that explores relationship between performance and photography and O is For Hoolet – Ishbel McFarlane’s one-woman show about the Scots language.
They will be joined by 2015 Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph who teams up with The Twilight Sad singer James Graham for a unique collaboration; Glasgow-based “laboratory theatre company” Company of Wolves present A Brief History of Evil; Matthew Bourne performs Moogmemory, accompanied by visual artist Michael England’s moving images; audiences are invited to Ringside a one on one aerial performance from Ellie Dubois; acclaimed jazz duo Herschel 36 perform a specially commissioned score for Wunder der Schöpfung, the ground-breaking silent documentary.
This year Outskirts is collaborating with Glasgow International 2016 to present a mixed programme of work from Mandy McIntosh, Mega Hammer (a pop-up event from a collection of artists including Marvin Gaye Chetwynd & Jedrzej Cichosz) and Bitter Rose - a nomadic installation that invites audiences to join them on a walk from Bridgeton to Easterhouse.
Jenny Crowe has been announced by Platform in Easterhouse, Glasgow as their new Arts Manager, replacing current Arts Manager Jackie Shearer who will take up her role as Chief Executive at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. Jenny will join Platform in April in this the tenth birthday year of the complex.
Jenny Crowe said: “I am delighted to be taking up the post of Arts Manager at Platform. Having previously worked in Easterhouse I know how special the venue is to local audiences. Platform has a fantastic community engagement team who have delivered ambitious forward-thinking projects over the last 10 years and I look forward to developing our future programme together.”
We look forward to welcoming Jenny to the team soon and also good luck at Beacon Jackie!
As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations – we are hosting a Spring Time Tea Dance on Fri 1 April. Music will be provided by the awesome Swing Sensation Big Band. Our space will be decorated with artwork Made in Easterhouse but we have a shortage of men
So come join us for a wee celebration of tea, cakes and dance.
A part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we have appointed a “class in residence”. We are collaborating with fellow 10 years olds at Oakwood Primary School to deliver arts workshops and create lots of artistic displays to celebrate our 10th anniversary – more news soon
Creation Station started back on Monday evening to some exciting news…
We have been selected to share our work from the next term at BUZZCUT FESTIVAL
We’re working on a film this term, continuing to explore ideas about contemporary art.
We will also be working in collaboration with some students from Glasgow School of Art.
Lots of exciting things are happening!
Here’s the last film we made for screening at The Turnip Prize at the end of last term:
Creation Station have bounced right into the making of their newest artwork.
This term we are recreating famous contemporary art works and making a film to go along with it to be screened at Buzzcut Festival in April.
Last week we started by recreating Jeremy Deller’s ‘Sacrilege’.
Using cardboard or balloons in groups Creation Station made their own very unique interpretations of the inflatable Stonehenge.
Next we’re working with some students from Glasgow School of Art to create a new artwork.
As always, it’s a pleasure to see the exciting, inspiring and bonkers ideas Creation Station have!
It’s been another busy week for Creation Station.
They are putting the final touches for an application to take part in Buzzcut, Live Art Festival in 2016.
This Saturday some members of the group took a trip to the Tramway to visit the Turner Prize exhibition.
We took a free tour of the exhibition, which was great. Our Tour guide was fantastic. She gave us lots of insights into the works, the artists, was really open to answering all our questions and encouraged us to explore. We were made to feel really welcome at the Tramway.
We did a bit of filming at the exhibition so there will be a film of our trip coming soon.
Also big THANK YOU to the Youth Arts Hub Glasgow for making this trip possible by paying for transport and getting us a Hot Chocolate!
This week Creation Station had a bumper session. We started at 6pm as usual but we finished at 8.30pm!
It was a jam packed session, we spent the first part of the workshop, with games and planning. Then we headed to the Auditorium to see TRIO.
After watching TRIO we headed back to the studio for our skype session with some children from the Blue Planet Writers Group in Florida.
We talked to them about the show we’d just seen, what we’ve been working on this term, showed them the collage of the pieces they sent us and asked them some questions about America and their lives.
By the end of the workshop we were all pretty excited…
This week we got Creative responding to some notes sent to us all the way from Florida!
Blue Planet Writers in the USA sent us some information about themselves on ripped up paper for collage pieces.
We created some of our own to send back and used there’s to create an artwork we will share with them next week when we Skype with them during our workshop!
Sarah, Maria and I agreed it was great to spend a bit of time hearing about Creation Stations’ varied and exciting interests!
Creation Station have been exploring so many forms of making art this term. As part of this term we’ve had worked with some guest artists. This week we worked with Platform Associate Artist, Pete Lannon.
Pete led all 22 members of Creation Station through a process to make some short physical performances based on impossible tasks.
In small groups the performances were then transported to the Library and the groups had to work out how to change and shape their performance to best fit in the space.
It was a great workshop with some brilliant ideas shared!
Some of ‘The Blue Planet Writers’ in Palm Beach, Florida!
This term we have been creating a show using ‘Robin Hood’ as a starting point. We have also been lucky to be communicating with a group of young people in Florida who are working with the same starting point.
On Wednesday evening a few members of Creation Station came in for a special extra session where we shared a bit of what we’ve been up to LIVE with the group in Florida.
Each group shared a bit of performance, asked some questions and we played a game about the different words we use.
It was great to meet the group in real time, it’s been such an exciting project to work on.
If you come and see Creation Station’s show on December 15th you might get a chance to see a bit more of our American friends…
Creation Station have started back and this term we are exploring… What is Art?
We started back with a few games and getting to know each other. We did some Interviews and made this short film.
Creation Station are continuing their examination of the question ‘What is Art?’
This week we split into 3 groups, each group listened to a piece of Sound Art and created a performance response based on the single listening and a bag of materials.
Creation Station dive straight in with energy, commitment and silliness. All of the adults in the room were excited and inspired by these new avant garde performances
Here is ‘Sound Responses’ by Creation Station:
Members of the Creative Collective presented their BIG CHALLENGE at Auchinlea Park as part of the carnival and fun-day celebrations on Sunday 2nd August 2015.
Those taking part had to guess who Susan was doing an impression of, guess whether it was Annie, June or Angela who was telling the truth, meet Johnny B for a skill challenge before finally being challenged to memory test by Marlene, Kathleen and Lan.
For those that managed to make it all the way through, Robert and Matt then took a picture of them celebrating with their fan club in the winner’s enclosure!
Thanks to everyone that came along to meet us on Sunday – please feel free to email email@example.com if you have any feedback about the experience.
The Creative Collective meet every Thursday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Platform – do feel free to join us if you’re passing – the group is run on a drop in basis and so you would be more than welcome! Each week we aim to make something and have as much fun as possible.
In 2015 we commissioned RM Hubbert and Drew Wright to create new songs inspired by the Easterhosue community
One of the songs featured a Romeo and Juliet style love story, based on teenagers from rival gangs.
Drew said young people he spoke to told him territorial disputes were not as bad as they used to be, with schools knocked down and big community ones built to replace them.
The songs were performed at Outskirts 2015 – Platform’s yearly arts festival
Popped into the Studio Theatre on Monday to find Lab Station playing Talking Heads tunes with musician Matt Regan.
Look forward to seeing/hearing what happens next…
For the first two sessions of the new year Creative Collective worked with Geraldine Heaney to make a short film about the group.
Watch the film and join us on Thursday evenings between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Platform.
I popped into Wild Life rehearsals today and had a great time! Lead Artist Sarah Hopfinger and her company are clearly making something very exciting.
I saw some beautiful movement work and can’t wait to see how the production continues to develop.
Platform Associate Artist Lou Brodie on making Rules of the Dancefloor - a performance created with members of the local community:
When we set out to create rules of the dance floor the thing that excited me most was the opportunity to hear peoples stories and to share in the emotions, enthusiasm and laughter that happens when people divulge their dancing experiences.
One of my favourite conversations so far took place this Sunday as a Platform regular chatted about her love of rock and roll music and the culture that comes with it. She told me stories of dressing up in beautiful costumes, of how these costumes made going to the toilet a hilarious affair and of joyfully dancing with her mum to the Bo Diddley track Purple People Eaters in a near empty bar as another customer nursed his pint quietly in the corner.
Platform Associate Artist Sarah Hopfinger is currently working in the venue to make Wild Life - a brand new performance exploring our relationship to nature. Here she lists some of the key influences behind her work:
A piece of text:
‘Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except there is one item less, one missing element. Or you get lost, in which case the world has become larger than your knowledge of it. Either way, there is a loss of control. Imagine yourself streaming through time shedding gloves, umbrellas, wrenches, books, friends, homes, names. This is what the view looks like if you take a rear-facing seat on the train. Looking forward you constantly acquire moments of arrival, moments of realisation, moments of discovery. The wind blows your hair back and you are greeted by what you have never seen before. The material falls away in onrushing experience.It peels off like skin from a moulting snake. Of course to forget the past is to lose the sense of loss that is also memory of an absent richness and a set of clues to navigate the present by; the art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.’
A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit, 2005, p. 22 – 23
A music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2uW2PmVSe8
And some pictures:
Wild Life is an intergenerational performance project taking place at Platform between August and November 2014. Supported by Platform, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and the University of Glasgow, Wild Life is directed by artist and researcher Sarah Hopfinger, and devised and performed by professional theatre-makers Geraldine Heaney and Pete Lannon with six people between 9 and 60 years old. This is a unique collaboration between associate Platform artists and people from the local Easterhouse area and from across Glasgow. The ensemble are working together to create a new performance that explores wildness, and human/nonhuman and adult-child inter-relations. Working indoors and outdoors, with movement and choreography, objects and materials, experimental music and voice, and filming, this piece seeks to embody and be ‘wildness’.
Performances will be at Platform on 22nd and 23rd November. We are delighted to be part of the exciting and diverse Platform community, and we look forward to sharing images and small updates about our process here . . . For more information about the project visit www.sarahhopfinger.org.uk
My name is Geraldine, I’m an associate artist at Platform and I have the pleasure of working with some of the East Ends most exciting new artists, Creation Station.
We meet on a Monday evenings and explore different ways of creating performance.
I Love working with Creation Station, here are few pictures from performances, workshops and fun that we’ve had over the last 2 years.
I’ll give a bit more information about what we’re up to as the term goes on!
Platform Associate Artist Nik Paget-Tomlinson:
Back at the Play Cafe this week with Hazel Darwin-Edwards. Hazel and I put together a short performance featuring a contraption known only as ‘the bottleator’ – the purpose of which is as yet unknown. The soundtrack was performed entirely on bottles, large water cooler bottles for drums, smaller plastic bottles for wind instruments and a glass bottle xylophone.
Platform Associate Artist Nik Paget-Tomlinson:
For this Play Cafe session I was joined by Barney Strachan for a musical breakfast. We spent our rehearsal time playing with food and experimenting with ideas of lost and found sounds. We devised a piece where the two of us are having breakfast. As we start preparing our food a piece of music emerges. With the assistance of microphones and a loop pedal we built up a rhythm using toast, rice crispies, cups, bowls and general breakfast accoutrements. Our jamming is then interrupted with the discovery of a magical sound coming from inside the teapot. The sound then disappears and in the resulting search we end up finding all sorts of other strange sounds and noises. In the end we find our missing magical sound and set it free.
Platform Associate Artist Nik Paget-Tomlinson:
This week for the Play Cafe I was on my own. I brought along some pot and pan percussion together with the musical fruit and veg keyboard which uses the Makey Makey to enable ordinary fruit and vegetables to become musical instruments. After a short demonstration and performance I invited the parents and carers to help make drumming brushes for the children out of drinking straws – which means (in theory at least) that children can drum on the pots and pans with out making loads of noise (definitely a good thing from a parental perspective). We then took turns drumming on pots and playing the carrot and keyboard.
The original Easterhouse mosaic (1983-2004) was a celebrated community artwork and an important part of East Glasgow’s cultural heritage, lost when it was taken down in 2004. In 2012, we asked Glasgow based artist, Alex Frost to use the mosaic as a starting point for his first permanent public artwork. He initiated this project by spending some time researching the Easterhouse Mosaic, hoping to learn from its example.
The result of this research was ‘The Old & New Easterhouse Mosaic (and everything in between)’, an ambitious new project that included ‘The New Easterhouse Mosaic’, a permanent mural outside The Bridge; a series of wax crayon on paper rubbings taken from over 60 existing mosaics in the area; a field guide to these mosaics and an archive dedicated to the old mosaic.
The New Easterhouse Mosaic’ now acts as a sign for The Bridge. It is unashamedly decorative but it also refers to The Bridge’s many post-industrial functions (swimming pool, theatre, dance and music venue, library, cafe and F.E. college). Within the design of the new mosaic are facial profiles of people who use the building as well as water-jet cut symbols that refer to SMS communications. The series of rubbings taken from mosaics found within the area represent a unique and overlooked heritage while also plotting the social landscape of the area. These mosaic rubbings were taken in schools, fire stations, police stations, health centres, community centres, a church and shopping centre.