Taking place across the theatre, studio spaces, swimming pool and public areas of the building, the festival’s rich programme runs from afternoon into the evening, and is a great event in which to soak up a wide range of cross art form experimentation and excellence.
Oliver Pitt (Golden Teacher) and Barry Burns (Radiophrenia) will perform this year’s Easterhouse Conversation - a collaborative composition commissioned by Platform. Conceived in 2015 it seeks to document stories, ideas and moments in the lives of the residents of Easterhouse.
James Kelman and Tom Leonard, two of the leading writers of their generation, will read extracts from their work. The session will be introduced by Joey Simons, who has been researching the work of the Irish poet, novelist and playwright Freddie Anderson. A friend and contemporary of both James Kelman and Tom Leonard, Anderson was a long-time resident of Easterhouse and an influential figure in left-wing culture in Glasgow from the 1950s until his death in 2001.
Platform is delighted to welcome Glasgow International 2018 to Outskirts and festival-goers have the opportunity to see art works and events throughout the day. Jessica Ramm’s new body of work, Personal Structures, has been developed with Platform through workshops and events and is informed by her own childhood in an 80’s squatting community. The structures she creates will present new versions of familiar domestic spaces re-staging an urban environment that resembles Easterhouse. Henry Coombes is creating a new piece of work for Outskirts - a mixture of performance, spoken word, moving image and sound providing an insight into his photography and painting practice. Janie Nicoll and Ailie Rutherford present IN KIND, a temporary pop up installation. A collaborative action research project, IN KIND will look at the hidden economies of Glasgow International 2018, focusing on and examining the “below the waterline” economy of the arts.
Taking over the swimming pool, Glasgow based artist collective Love Unlimited present Social Event. featuring STASIS, Sgàire Wood, Urara Tsuchiya, James St Findlay, Lauren Hall, Winnie Herbstein, Jasleen Kaur, Vanessa Lim Shu Yi, Brendan McGuire, Paul McKee, Kate Morgan, Rosa Nussbaum and Rosie Vohra. Artists will create sculptures, artworks and performances in and around the pool, the best way to experience this is from within the water - so remember your swimwear!
KOR! Records, an independent record label creating music projects for young people with additional support needs is presenting a new piece, KOR! Records vs Breakfast Muff, together with the thrillingly uncompromising DIY punk pop trio Breakfast Muff. Geraldine Heaney of KOR! Records says: “The plan is for Breakfast Muff and KOR young musicians to come together to rehearse and find out where we collide, where we cross over and what disruption we can create together.
Sarah Hopfinger presents the first showing of her new dance theatre project Unlikely Duets : Laura and Lauren with Laura Bradshaw and Laura McCreath working creatively together to devise a duet performance, exploring dialogue and the idea of building bridges.
Unbecoming is a solo performance in song, movement and text created and performed by Anna Porubcansky and produced by Company of Wolves. Part theatre show, part music gig Unbecoming is an invitation to a private world, a unique and delicate space where pretence slips away.
Irish singer and multi-instrumentalist Brigid Mae Power comes to Platform having just released her second album The Two Worlds. She confronts the personal and the political in her music with a timeless magic, intense directness and hauntingly honest reflection. Her debut album received widespread praise.
Our lifelong relationship with music and memories is at the heart of this year’s Festival. Performer and artist Laurie Brown is bringing Analogue to Outskirts; a sound installation exploring connections with his personal collection of cassette tapes. Analogue is a place to contemplate the story of the many sounds which have become the soundtrack to his life.
The Festival is also hosting Turntable, by Michael John McCarthy and Martin O’Connor, which invites listeners to explore the contents of a touring record case, whilst reflecting on the importance of music in their lives. Join Michael John as he plays some records; celebrating memory,
identity, family and the joy of music.
Other visual art highlights include works in development presented by Birthe Jorgenson and Sogol Mabadi. Home Where Home is Not will take over the sound recording studios and live rooms to create an immersive installation featuring sound and performance. Realised in collaboration with communities of women from East Glasgow or women who have settled there, The Glasgow Women’s Library and Platform, Home Where Home Is Not explores lived experiences of home and how recent socio-economic and political events have contributed to shifting these concepts. This project looks closer at ´home making´ and housing and considers the power and potential of a multi-national identity in the 21C. For Outskirts Festival Mabadi and Jorgensen will take over the recording studio to create a new installation pieces involving performance, carving, photography, video and audio work, based on coinciding journeys to Iran and Greenland over the summer 2018 - territories that once were linked to the artist’s national identities.
Realised with the generous support of the Iranian Heritage Foundation, AN-Travel Bursary, Lund Family Fund and Platform.
Pop up performances and interventions taking place throughout the day include Art Scrubber presented by Glasgow based performance artist Kate Clayton and Maria & Henri - Underwater Riot, an offering of making and creative workshops for all ages.
Food and drink is available all day from Platform’s cafe bar with pop up food from Soul Food Sisters.