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Glasgow International 2018

20 Apr 2018 → 7 May 2018
Various Times
All ages

This April we welcome Glasgow International 2018 to Platform - a renowned festival of contemporary visual art, which happens every two years across Glasgow.

Jessica Ramm has created a new body of work that is informed by and responds to our setting: our architecture, partnerships, history and people. Working closely with Platform, Ramm reflects upon the emotional effects of the spaces we live and work in, presenting performances and sculptures that explore the possibilities of ‘home-made’ architecture as an aesthetic and political statement.

Opening event: Sat 21 April , 1pm - 3pm
Exhibition: Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May

LOVE AND LITHIUM | Henry Coombes
Love and Lithium is an experimental art film combining documentary with cinematic surreal-ism, telling the story of a larger than life Glaswegian, Marcella Macintosh. A hell-raiser in her youth, who drank with legends such as Vivian Stanshall, she has been in recovery for the past 30 years. In the early 2000’s she was mis-diagnosed with a mental health condition and given a prescription of Lithium against her will. Her case helped to change Scottish Law and now a single psychiatrist cannot make a compulsory prescription without going through an ethical board. The film weaves together Marcella’s memories, the present and her hopes for the future with reflections on a life lived to the full.

Film screenings:
Sat 28 Apr - shown during Platform’s Outskirts festival
Sun 29 Apr, 2pm – free but ticketed

Social Event. Curated Love Unlimited
Love Unlimited is a curatorial collaboration between Hamish Chapman, Kirsty Mellon, Andrew Sim and Freya Fullarton.

Taking place in Easterhouse swimming pool, Social Event is a sculptural and performance-based event that’s immersive in the most literal sense. Performances will take place in and around the pool. Sculptures will be floating and submerged, with the audience viewing the work from within the water.


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

Sat 21 April
Wed 25 April
Sat 28 April - shown during Platform’s Outskirts festival

In Kind | Janie Nichol and Ailie Rutherford | Sat 27 Apr – Wed 2 May
In Kind is a collaborative action research project by visual artists, Janie Nicoll and Ailie Rutherford, examining the “below the water-line” economy of Glasgow International 2018, charting the unseen, unaccounted for efforts that enable ‘Glasgow International’ to take place; exploring the support in kind, unpaid labour, mutual favours, gifts and volunteer hours that go into making GI an apparent success. This project will measure the huge outpouring of creative energy and generosity normally unseen and undocumented, illustrating how artists support the creation of not just their own work but also the work of others.


In Kind
| Who Can Afford To Be An Artist: Strategies for Survival |
Who Can Afford To Be An Artist: Strategies for Survival continuing the debate on artists’ precarity and how this affects the lack of diversity in the arts.

Speakers / provokers include:

Sekai Machache– Yon Afro | UNIT * Daniel Simpkins and Penny Whitehead | Zara Kitson | Mandy Macintosh | Lauren Printy Currie (SAU)
with discussion hosted by Janie Nicoll and Ailie Rutherford

Sun 29 Apr, 12 - 2pm - free but ticketed

Lucy Beech: Me and Mine | Pharmakon | Cannibals

Screenings of three short films by artist, Lucy Beech. Part of We who are about to… A MAP Magazine project.
Sun 6 May, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm

Additional info

Event Dates:

Friday 20 April - Monday 7 May
Jessica Ramm: Personal Structures (Platform) | 10am - 5pm

Saturday 21 April
Jessica Ramm: Personal Structures Opening Event (Platform) | 1 - 5pm - free

Saturday 21 April
Social Event curated by Love Unlimited (Platform) | 3 - 5pm - free but ticketed

Wednesday 25 April
Social Event curated by Love Unlimited (Women, Trans and Non-Binary Event) (Platform) | 2 - 5pm - free but ticketed

Friday 27 April - Wednesday 2 May
Janie Nicoll and Ailie Rutherford: IN KIND | 1 - 5pm

Saturday 28 April
Outskirts 2018 (featuring, Jessica Ramm, Love Unlimited and Henry Coombes) (Platform) | 3.30pm - Late

Sunday 29 April
IN KIND: Who Can Afford to be an Artist: Strategies for Survival (Platform) | 12 - 2pm - free but ticketed

Sunday 29 April
Henry Coombes: Love and Lithium (Screening) (Platform) | 2 - 4pm - free but ticketed

Sunday 6 May
Lucy Beech: Me and Mine | Pharmakon | Cannibals (Platform) | 1.30pm / 3pm / 4.30pm

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