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New season Taking Part classes launch this April

22 Mar 2021

Following a break over the Easter Holidays our fantastic online Taking Part programme will return, packed full of activities to help keep you occupied until the end of June!

All activities are free of charge and take place on Zoom, apart from Saturday Art Club which is email and social media led.

We can provide technical assistance to get online if required. If you have any questions or would like details on how to join in with any of the groups - please email info@platform-online.co.uk

Due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we realise it has been a difficult time for everyone and are pleased to be able to waive fees for these classes and workshops at this time. If you would like to support us, please consider making a donation to Platform. As a registered charity, any donation received - of any size - is greatly appreciated and welcomed. To donate please click here.

MUSIC:

Platform Singers Choir (adults age 16 years+) | Fridays | 2 April until 25 June 2021 | 3pm - 4pm (join us from 2.30pm each week for a wee group catch up and natter!)

Run by choir leader Rachel Hynes, Platform Singers is a friendly group and no singing experience is needed! We start off each session with a chat (2.30pm) before moving onto singing at 3pm. As well as being social and fun there are lots of health benefits to singing - you can find out more in this article with Rachel. More group details here. Please note the group will not be on on Friday 9th April due to the Easter holiday but will return on 16 April).

Music Lessons (for adults and children age 5yrs+) Tuesdays & Thursdays | 20 Apr - 24th Jun 2021 | Various times

Platform is currently running online lessons and workshops in Guitar, Fiddle and Drumming. These are free to attend and led by professional musicians. Places are prioritised for those living within Platform’s Local Links postcodes within the North East of Glasgow.


VISUAL ART:

Nu Gen art group (for age 11 years +) | Tuesdays | 20 Apr - 22 Jun 2021 | 5pm- 6pm

Nu Gen is a free, weekly art group for those aged 11 years and over. The group challenges teenagers to make artwork that represents their interests, exploring identity and and what it is to be an artist. If you like drawing, painting or sculpture, are studying art at school or fancy trying something new - then Nu Gen is for you. No experience is required and everyone is welcome!

Nu Gen is led by artist Alice Dansey Wright. Would you like to join the group? If so or if you would like more information, please email info@platform-online.co.uk

More details here.

Art Factory (for adults age 16yrs+) | Tuesdays | 20 Apr - 22 Jun 2021 | 2 -3pm

A relaxed, informal space for adults to get creative and inspired with activities and advice on various art techniques. Art Factory meet weekly online, on Tuesdays, between 2pm and 3pm. Led by artists, this is a welcoming group and a great way to get involved in a whole host of different types of art activities. More details here.

Saturday Art Club (for age 4 – 11yrs) | Saturdays | 24 Apr - 26 Jun 2021 | 11am although activities can be completed at your leisure

A weekly art activity emailed to our mailing list every Saturday morning. Created by artists, these activities are fun, colourful and varied! Email info@platform-online.co.uk to sign up - please provide a note of your name, location and names/ages of those wishing to join up. More details here.

Clack and Yak Knitting Group (for adults age 16yrs+) | Mondays | 19 April - 21 Jun 2021 |11 - 12noon

Our weekly Clack and Yak knitting group usually meet at The Bridge weekly on Mondays for a chat and a cuppa whilst knitting, sewing or crocheting. Due to current circumstances relating to Covid-19 the group is meeting weekly online. If you would like to join the group or would like more information please contact margaret@platform-online.co.uk

Beginners are welcome. Read more here.


PERFORMANCE:

Creation Station (for 8 – 11 year olds) | Mondays | 19 Apr – 21 Jun 2021 | 6pm - 6.45pm

Creation Station is a free, weekly drama workshop for 8-11 year olds who are interested in performance, fun and creativity! The workshops are artist led and are designed to develop skills and confidence. No experience is necessary.

Visit the Latest section of the website to find some recent blog posts on what’s been happening on the online version of Creation Station - and you can also view a few episodes of CS News - also created by the Creation Station online group. More details here.

Lab Station (for 12 -16 year olds) | Mondays | 19 Apr – 21 Jun 2021 | 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Lab Station workshops are aimed at those age 12 - 16 yrs old and are designed to develop skills and confidence through regular performance opportunities. These are fun sessions are artist led and provide the opportunity to learn, get creative and make new pals! All are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Visit the Latest section of the website where you’ll find some recent blog posts on what’s been happening on the online version of Lab Station. More details here.

Platform Young Company (for 16 -25 year olds) | Saturdays | 24 Apr - 26 Jun 2021 | 11am - 1pm

The Platform Young Company is a performance collective who formed out of a shared interest in contemporary performance and experimental ways of working. We aim to offer young artists interested in performance, theatre, or dance an opportunity to create professional pieces of work.

During the period of lockdown, from April to June 2020, Platform Young Company met weekly online and devised, created and performed an online show for the public called Good Things Take Time. Visit our Latest page to read some of the blog posts of the weekly workshops.

If you interested in devising, collaborating, and experimenting with different forms of performing then perhaps you would like to join us? More details here.


MAIL ART PROJECT:

The Platform mail art project has been running since May 2020 and focuses on life during Covid times in the North East of Glasgow and beyond, as well as art work and photography, from Platform’s groups and the local community. We’ve sent out thousands of copies to our subscribers since it launched!

The mail art project works in that participants are sent a copy of the latest newsletter, a blank piece of paper and a stamped addressed envelope. This is accompanied with a letter that has a question or provocation or two and invites them to make use of the paper and send us a response - drawing, photograph, story, poem, joke - it’s all allowed! We then use these in the newsletter!

If you know someone that might like to join the mailing list to received a fortnightly copy of the newsletter or you would like to get involved yourself with submitting content please send us an email to info@platform-online.co.uk We’d love to hear from you.

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