September 2020: Latest building and programme update

4 Sep 2020

In line with the ‘route map’ framework from the Scottish Government, our building is still closed to the public (out with the library which has reopened*) and our usual programme of ‘in-house’ Platform activity suspended. Our new season of Taking Part classes and workshops runs from September to December 2020. All activities are free and hosted online on Zoom.

We will share further updates as and when we have them here on our website and social media channels.

*Please note that Glasgow Life’s The Bridge library has reopened on a reduced hours basis and is open Tuesday 2pm -7pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11am - 4pm. The library is closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The library can only be accessed via the Wardie Road entrance and no other parts of the building can be accessed from the library as these remain closed. More information on the Glasgow Life website.

The Platform team has been busy since lockdown in late March, with a whole host of activities and community outreach taking place.

We were delighted to offer support to artists by running elements of our Taking Part programme online during the months of April, May and June – with the majority of these taking a break for the summer. These commenced again in September.

In June we launched a free summer food programme from our café, providing breakfast, lunches and creative art parks to children and their families in the North East of Glasgow. These meals are given out in The Bridge car park. This project was funded by Glasgow City Council’s Children’s Holiday Food Fund Programme and is running for the duration of the school summer holidays and we welcomed thousands of local families during the 6 week project. We will also be running a free food programme during the October 2020 school break.

Keeping in contact with members of the local community and those who regularly attended Platform’s groups has been key to us. We launched a new mail art project with the local community, posted out hundreds of art and knitting packs, and provided art activities to a number of local community organisations to distribute to local families. We have also been hosting informal catch up sessions online with our regular group members and have introduced a ‘cuppa & chat’ element to our Platform Singers choir sessions.

We’re still really missing our friends of Platform and all of our lovely customers and visitors to the building. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in due course. For further information on what we’ve been up to, please see what else we have been doing in our Latest section.

Thank you once again for your support. Stay safe and stay creative!

4 September 2020



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