Platform: The Festival of Perthshire Creativity

June 24, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Perthshire Creates : Supporting, Amplifying and Strengthening the Creative Industries sector in Perth and Kinross, providing:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Website Hub and Social Media
  • Enterprise and Business Growth Programmes
  • Developing new platforms and opportunities for creative practitioners
  • Providing a Collaborative Voice for the sector

Launched in June 2015, Perthshire Creates is a network which shines a spotlight on contemporary cross-discipline creative activities happening across the Perth and Kinross area. The online platform showcases the work, events and opportunities of the many vibrant clusters of artists, designers, creative businesses and cultural organisations in the area. In addition a number of networking events and business development opportunities to support and strengthen the creative sector have been held within the area.

Perthshire Creates has built momentum both as a platform to showcase the creative talent of the area and as a network for people working locally within the creative sector. In October 2016 an exhibition of work drawn from the Perthshire Creates network will be displayed at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

To further support and promote the diversity of the creative sector in the region, Perthshire Creates is planning to establish a new festival event to take place at venues across Perth and Kinross for the first time in March 2017.  ‘Platform’, the Festival of Perthshire Creativity, will deliver opportunities for audiences and established and emerging artists to push their creative boundaries and experiences in an exploration of the contemporary cultural identity of the region. In what promises to be a fresh, inventive and resourceful approach for the area, Platform will include a series of collaborative commissions bringing together creative practitioners in pursuit of excellence and integrity in artistic expression rooted in a deep sense of place.

In a region known best for its heritage and stunning landscapes, the festival will highlight the venues delivering creative contemporary programming across the region, nurturing the relationships between  audiences, artists and providers to strengthen further the cultural offer in the area and provide a solid foundation on which the festival can grow in future years.

Platform aims to both compliment and build on existing programming and will be an opportunity for venues, practitioners organisations to have their events and exhibitions marketed and promoted across Scotland under the Platform banner with the aim of engaging both local and national audiences outwith the traditional summer season. A Platform website will also be established to promote events and activities with route maps and plans to help visitors make the most of their visit and to encourage a longer stay in the region.

We would very much like you to get involved!

Platform will run from 25 March – 1 April 2017 and interested organisations are asked to:

  • Consider how they can programme locally new work (of any type; visual art, spoken word, creative writing, craft, dance, photography, digital art, architecture, design, music, landscape art etc.) during the period which can be included within the Platform programme marketing and promotion
  • Consider the opportunities they have for hosting a creative collaboration
  • Consider how you can help get the message out about the amazing home-grown talent we have in the area and help create a buzz around the festival
  • Consider what other contribution they may wish to make to Scotland’s newest cultural festival

Perthshire Creates will:

  • Co-ordinate and market the Platform programme, including web and social media
  • Host key festival events including a press and media launch, a showcase evening bringing some of the highlights of the festival together and Fools Day Fling a final celebration event for participants in the festival.
  • Support the development of Creative Collaborations
  • Deliver a series of events for practitioners during the festival including Pecha Kucha and business exchange sessions
  • Fundraise to support delivery of the festival

To register your interest please contact: Caron Ironside at Perthshire Creates on

A little bit more about us….

Perthshire Creates is supported by Culture Perth and Kinross, a Scottish charity (SC046353) which works to support the development and delivery of cultural services across the Perth and Kinross area and supports growth in and audience development for creative enterprise. The Perthshire Creates website continues to develop, with an average of 50+ daily visits and has been used to identify designers and artists for commissions within the region increasing opportunities for local creatives. Facebook following has more than doubled since the launch event and now sits at 545 followers. Similarly, the Twitter account, now with 400 followers, gains an average of 40 new followers a month with an average 11,000 impressions per month.

 ‘I just wanted to compliment you on this website (Perthshire Creates). I was looking for a workshop for my mum’s birthday and was getting frustrated trying to get the right keywords to find anything around Perthshire. Was on the point of giving up then I found your site and it is great to have a one-stop shop. Well done.’

Feedback from artists demonstrates the value PC has created for networking:

“Thank you for hosting such a very good event last night! You’re doing a brilliant thing with Perthshire Creates – it’s hard to put a value on the opportunity to bring people together in this way, especially in the creative sector where people tend not to be professionally gregarious. But there’s so much to be gained for everyone by networking, collaborating and generally knowing what’s going on. As you said, it really is a win-win!” Birnam network meeting participant

‘ Well done overall …was a well put together event that was well informed.’

Opportunity for showcasing new work has also been successfully received as 86% of those taking part in the Christmas Design Market at Perth Museum and Art Gallery in November 2015 indicated that they would definitely apply again. Over 400 visitors attended the event in the face of some really atrocious weather and a further event is planned for the end of November 2016.

‘I think it was a really successful event with a good variety of stall holders. Would definitely like to see more events like this. Hosting it in the museum was a perfect location, great setting with the bonus of bringing people and families into the museum.’ 

*Creative Industries

advertising, architecture, visual art, crafts, fashion and textiles, design, performing arts, music,  photography, film and video, computer games, radio and TV, writing and publishing, heritage, software/electronic publishing, cultural education.