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Taking Part 2024 programme

22 Mar 2024

Our next Taking Part block starts back again after the Easter break (w/c 15 April) with a varied line up of classes and workshops on offer.  See the full programme on our What's On 2024 brochure here.

Sessions are relaxed and welcoming and are led by artists / professional tutors. No previous experience is required and taster sessions are also available if you wish to try a class first (see class listings for details).

Classes are offered on a Pay-What-You-Like basis, where you decide what you'd like to donate. As a guide, we recommend a payment of £5 per class. You can pay for a full block up front or pay weekly - both online or at the class itself in cash (via our donations can) or by card.  

If a class is showing as fully booked please email tickets@platform-online.co.uk to be added to the mailing list - often spaces come up.

MUSIC

Platform Singers (16 years+) | Fridays | 2.30pm - 4pm

Run by opera singer and choir leader Rachel Hynes, Platform Singers is a relaxed, welcoming group and no singing experience is needed. We start off each session with a chat & cuppa at 2.30pm before moving onto singing. If you just want to sing then join us at 3pm. As well as being social and fun, there are lots of health benefits to singing - you can find out more details here.

Guitar & Fiddle Lessons (adults & children age 5yrs+)  | Tuesdays  | from 5pm

Our Guitar and Fiddle lessons are held as group sessions and are led by professional musicians, who bring lots of experience, talent and expertise to each class. Super friendly, they are open to all ages from 5yrs+ and all levels of experience. More details for Guitar lessons here and details for Fiddle here.

Drum Lessons | (adults & children age 8yrs+) | Mondays & Thursdays  | from 4.30pm

One-to-one sessions led by experienced tutors -  super welcoming and open to everyone age 8yrs and over, at any level of experience. More details here.

M3 | Make Music Move  | Saturdays | from 1pm

Led by Paragon, M3 | Make Music Move is an inclusive dance and music programme for teenagers with additional support needs. The aim is to encourage movement, creativity and more importantly make friends and have fun! More details here.

VISUAL ART

Clack and Yak Knitting Group (16yrs+) | Mondays  |  11am - 1pm

Platform’s  Clack and Yak knitting group meet in the Platform Cafe  for a chat and a cuppa whilst knitting, sewing or crocheting. Friendly and informal, beginners, improvers or seasoned knitters alike are all welcome. Wool, needles and patterns provided. More information here.

Nu Gen Art + Design (11yrs +) | Tuesdays |  5pm - 6.30pm

Nu Gen is a fun, weekly art group that is artist led and challenges teenagers to make artwork that represents their interests, exploring identity 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! Full details here.

Print Club: Art Factory Takeover (16yrs+) | Tuesdays  | 1pm & 2.45pm

A relaxed, informal space for adults to get creative and inspired with activities and advice on various art techniques. Let by the brilliant Print Clan, 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 (5 - 11yrs) | Saturdays | 11am - 12pm & 1 - 2pm

An informal art class aimed at primary school age children, offering a chance to be playful with materials and create artworks to take home. Artist led and a fun way to spend a Saturday! There are two sessions running due to demand for spaces. More info here.

MULTI-ARTFORM

Play Cafe (0-5yrs) | Saturdays | 11.15am - 12.15pm

Bring your wee ones along and enjoy some creative, sensory activities. Each week is different -  join us for theatre, dance, music and art and craft activities for babies and toddlers, all led by Platform’s associate artists. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent, grandparent, carer, auntie or uncle - everyone is welcome. Healthy drinks and snacks provided.  More details here.

Social Roots (all ages)  | Wednesdays | 10am - 12noon | Free

Join us on Wednesday mornings at the Platform Cafe Bar for Social Roots!  It's a great way to find out what community groups are doing in the area and what events and activities are taking place.Everyone is welcome - drop in between 10am - 12noon for a chat and a free cuppa. 

PERFORMANCE

Monday Night Drama (8 – 16 years) | Mondays  | 5.30pm - 7pm

Monday Night Drama is a fun, weekly drama workshop for those age 8 -16 years old who are interested in performance, fun and creativity! The workshops are artist led and are designed to develop skills and confidence and meet new people. The class is split into 2 groups - 8-11yrs and 12-16yrs. More details here.

Thursday Night Drama (16yrs+) | Thursdays |  6pm - 8pm

Thursday Night Drama is a place for adults age 16yrs+ who have an interest in performance. The company is open to members of all abilities and no previous experience required. It is a friendly, supportive space for new and emerging performers and performance artists to continue developing their skills and confidence as they move from full-time education and youth theatre into the creative industries and other sectors of the professional world. More details here.

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