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Helen de Main: Eastern Promise 2019

5 Oct 2019

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Sat 5 Oct: Helen de Main

Join Glasgow based artist Helen de Main for the book launch and a spoken word performance of ‘You Know, Things Like That’ – a handmade publication focusing on the 2017/2018 exhibition at Platform (You Know, Things Like That) which shone the spotlight on a series of conversations with a group of women living in the East end of Glasgow.

Inspired by the Consciousness Raising groups that emerged from the Women’s Movement in the 1960s, Helen instigated a series of open discussions with the group. These took on various themes as their starting point from which conversations opened out and expanded. The women shared thoughts on education and work / housework, as well as reflecting on experiences of being daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and grandmothers.

De Main graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 2008. Before that she studied Fine Art Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University, England (1999 – 2002). Her work has been shown widely in the UK and internationally. Working in sculpture and printmaking, her practice combined the two mediums with large-scale installations.

Eastern Promise, our annual multi-arts festival brings a thrilling mix of live music, performance and visual art to the East End of Glasgow. Now in its ninth year, enjoy a line-up of gigs, performances and art installations throughout the building on the evenings of Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October.

The book launch and a spoken word performance of ‘You Know, Things Like That’ by Helen de Main will open the Saturday evening line up at 6pm on Sat 5 October - tickets cost £12.50 (full price) and £7.50 (concession/Local Links) and allows you to also enjoy music from pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, spoken word from Chris McQueer, music from David Allred, Shona Macnaughton who will perform Mandatory Reconsideration and an exhibition from Duncan Marquiss.

Saturday 5 Oct line up also includes:

Sat 5 Oct: Lubomyr Melnyk

Following a sold out performance at Platform last year, the ‘Prophet Of The Piano’, Erased Tapes recording artist Lubomyr Melnyk is returning to Platform – this time to our auditorium - on Sat 5 Oct for our Eastern Promise multi arts festival.

Rooted in the traditional Classical piano technique - with reminiscences of Liszt and Brahms - his composition introduces many influences from Eastern philosophy, as well as minimal music, combining these into a wonderful mixture of modern romantic harmonies and melodies.

One of the most extraordinary pianists and composers of our day, Melnyk uses his extraordinary piano abilities to generate over 19.5 notes per second in each hand – and is the fastest pianist ever recorded. Since the early 1970s he has produced an astonishing oeuvre of more than 120 works, most for solo or double piano, and has blazed wholly new paths in contemporary music.

A true innovator exploring new directions for contemporary music, this return performance promises to be a mind-opening experience.

Sat 5 Oct: David Allred

Also joining the Saturday night line up is Erased Tapes recording artist, David Allred, who will bring his minimalist, poignant and achingly beautiful music to the evening.Following on from last year’s acclaimed debut with Erased Tapes The Transition — named #17 album of the year by The Sunday Times — the Californian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with The Cell, a mini album released on June 14th 2019.

Meant as a companion piece to The Transition, The Cell picks up where The Transition left off, with David continuing the search to find his place in the world.

“The Cell is about warmly acknowledging the darkness in our individual lives as a strategic method of gaining a deeper understanding of how to move forward in a vastly dissonant world with optimism, harmony and light.”

Sat 5 Oct: Shona Macnaughton

Mandatory Reconsideration is a new performance developed from the artist’s experience of participating in a Pecha Kucha. Part artist talk, part pecha kucha, part Ted Talk X, part phone call to the HMRC to dispute a state benefit decision, Mandatory Reconsideration considers art’s relationship to different types of work, through re positioning the artist figure as over-identifying with their neoliberal nemesis The Creative Entrepreneur. Shona Macnaughton lives and works in Glasgow. Shona completed her MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Her practice which has been made public via exhibitions, performances, talks and writing. Alongside this she takes part in projects with the collective Eastern Surf. Recent projects have included ‘We nurture’ a performance that coincided with the opening of the collective, Edinburgh.

Mandatory Reconsideration was performed in May 2019 for Parse Journal Art and Work edition, Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Sat 5 Oct: Duncan Marquiss (exhibition)

Take in a new exhibition of artwork from Duncan Marquiss that opens at Platform as part of Eastern Promise. Featuring new drawings and moving image works, reflecting on the architecture and surroundings of Platform – and considering overlaps between the different uses of the building and blurring lines between binary themes such as public and private, urban and rural.

Friday 4 Oct line up (see ticket information on the left hand side of page for details)

Fri 4 Oct: The Panopticon presented by National Theatre of Scotland

“A whip-smart counter culture outlaw, a bohemian philosopher in sailor shorts.”

Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce. She has also been let down by about every adult she has never met. Sitting in the back of a police car she is taken to the Panopticon, a young offenders institution.

Inside the circular, controlling Panopticon the residents develop intense bonds. All have experienced the failings of the care system, Anais refuses to be defined by it.

Brought for the first time to the stage, The Panopticon is a visceral, bloody and brutal testament to life and friendship. We have a new kind of heroine for the 21st century.

Written by Jenni Fagan. Directed by Debbie Hannan. Age recommendation: 16yrs+ (contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and drug use).

Fri 4 Oct: Burd Ellen

Burd Ellen is a new solo project from Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons, Alex Rex) featuring Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Barrett’s Dottled Beauty) and Lucy Duncan (Luki). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere.

Fri 4 Oct: Duncan Marquiss: exhibition & performance

Coinciding with a new exhibition of artwork that will open at Platform, as part of Eastern Promise, Duncan Marquiss will perform a live soundtrack to moving image works made onsite in and around the spaces at Platform. This live event will merge his dual practice as a musician and a visual artist. Working across film, performance, sound and text, Duncan as an artist has presented his artwork across the UK and internationally, he was the recipient of Margaret Tait Award, 2015–16. Duncan is a member of Phantom Band and has collaborated in the past with members of Mogwai and Faust.

Additional info


FRI 4 OCT (from 6.45pm)

Burd Ellen (10pm - 10.40pm)

The Panopticon presented by National Theatre of Scotland (7.30pm - 9.45pm)

Duncan Marquiss (exhibition and art installation) (6.45pm - 7.25pm)

SAT 5 OCT (from 6pm)

Lubomyr Melnyk (9pm - 10.30pm)

Chris McQueer (8.20pm - 8.50pm)

David Allred (7.30pm - 8.10pm)

Shona Macnaughton (6.45pm - 7.15pm)

Helen de Main (6pm - 6.30pm)

Duncan Marquiss (exhibition running all day and evening)


Evening Ticket: £12.50 (Full Price) /£7.50 (Concession/Local Links)

Weekend Ticket: £20 (Full Price) / £10 (Concession/Local Links)

One evening ticket gives entry to all shows/artists pertaining to the specified evening and a weekend ticket provides access to the full line up on both nights.


A bus will leave Mono (12 Kings Court, Glasgow) both days and return after the event. Return tickets cost £5 and can be purchased in Monorail. Please email info@platform-online.co.uk for bus times and to reserve a ticket.

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