On Friday 15 May 2020, Issue 1 of the Platform newsletter was mailed out to 42 homes. The building had been closed for two months and we were looking for ways to stay in touch with each other – especially those of us who were not too keen to meet online. As the lockdown continued, so did the project, running for over 18 months and twenty-five issues. By the fifteenth issue the mailing list had grown to 252 names and across the project 4,654 newsletters were printed and posted to addresses across northeast Glasgow and beyond.
Everything Will Be Fine is a celebration of the creativity that continued during times of sadness and uncertainty.
In total, we received over 400 submissions, in various forms. For those involved, each issue became something to look forward to and a space for people to share and inspire, contemplate and discuss. The newsletter began with writing letters, sharing responses to questions, drawings, observations, hopes and jokes and with each issue, a stamped address envelope would be included for people to have the option to respond. As lockdowns continued and restrictions remained, the newsletter became a regular way to keep in touch, offering a space to stay connected and creative.
In this exhibition, an artwork from each issue of the newsletter has been placed on the exhibition wall – sharing the broad range styles, themes and creativity that thrived. Also shared in the exhibition are selected original artworks alongside the pages of writing that was submitted in the form of letters, stories, poems. The final issue of the newsletter was sent out in December 2021.
This Spring, April 2022, brings new hope and Platform are delighted to be back in the building with workshops, events and performances taking place again, in person. We are proud that our first exhibition since reopening is a celebration of this project and the people that produced it.
The exhibition wall and vitrines in library features artwork by:
Ahlam Mohammed, Anne Marie Murray, Annie Love, Brenda Gilmour, Charlene Munro, Edward Henry, Elaine Fisher, E. M, George Drennan, Geraldine Heaney, Gillian Grant, Janis Johnston, Jean Lawton, Jim Rafferty, Joesph McNulty, Kayla Monaghan, Kit Ching McKeown, Lewis Blair, Maeve Macluney, Margaret Connelly, Margaret MacCallum Steele, Marlene Finnigan, Mary Mullan, Neda Ghaffar, Steven Khan, Orlan McAleney, Peter Kelly, Peter Woods, Regina Ballantyne, Simmi Saini, Steve Carrick, Susan Milligan, Tatiana Robb, Thomas Sherry, Robert Haughie and anonymous contributors.
The exhibition also features a series of portraits by Eoin Carey. This collection of photographs were commissioned by Southbank Centre as part of their project Art By Post.
A special thank you to everyone who took part in the project.