An account of weekly workshops by Isabel Dickens
Art In Action is a nationwide campaign launched by SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Art Network) that Platform was delighted to take part in last summer and which we are proud to be supporting during this time - #KeepArtInAction.
Margaret McCormick, Visual Arts Programmer for Platform said:
“We are re-sharing this throwback photo of an #ArtinAction meeting at Platform with MSP Patrick Harvie, Caroline Gausden of Glasgow Women’s Library and artists Sogol Mabadi and Birthe Jorgenson. Birthe and Sogol presented the exhibition ‘Home Where Home Is Not’, which we hosted in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library. The meeting also included some of the women involved in the project – Agatha, Rene and Foxy.
“It is wonderful to be reminded of being together in our building and how much we are missing everyone. Like many organisations across the country, we have had to rethink how we reach our communities, respond and change how we keep in touch.
“Platform is a second home to many who regularly come along to our taking part classes to be creative and in general socialise. We are working hard with our artists and audiences to create that same sense of home as we shift our programme online.
“It’s not all about online though as our postal mail art project, has been a lifeline for many. Rene (pictured here), regularly contributes to the project, described it as ‘a god send and something to look forward to receiving in the post’.
“We need to voice the importance of art in our communities and to highlight this to our local councillors and MSPs.”
In line with current guidelines the Platform building, The Bridge, is still closed to the public and our usual programme of ‘in-house’ Platform activity suspended. Our new season of free and online Taking Part classes and workshops runs from September to December 2020. You can also read more about the Mail Art project and see what else has been happening at Platform on our Latest page.
Follow SCAN for more information on the current #KeepArtInAction campaign.
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