Film & Photography at Platform

March 19, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

Platform is Perthshire’s new festival of creativity, a chance to push your boundaries and try something different, a week long celebration of contemporary art and performance in venues across Perth & Kinross. Running from Sat 25 March to Sat 1 April, this inaugural year of the festival will host over 30 events including exhibitions, design, photography, artists talks, gigs, special installations, drama and film.

There’s a diverse selection of film and photography artworks featuring as part of the Platform programme, featuring a wide variety of work from artists both living in or with strong connections to Perth & Kinross.

Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements: Artists film by Richard Ashrowan, 25 March – 1 April, Perth MuseumMarvel at this abstract poetry in motion inspired by John Everett-Millais’ Sounds of Many Waters (1876) and shot on location at the same Rumbling Bridge over the rocky River Braan. Enjoy viewing Richard Ashrowan’s Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements (2005) for the first time juxtaposed with three of Millais’ Pre-Raphaelite works from the Perth Museum and Art Gallery collection including portraits of his wife Effie, his daughter Mary and Sir Robert Pullar.  While based on observation of the real, Ashrowan’s images themselves appear highly condensed, hard to recognise but retaining the effects of the colour and movement of their original source in Highland Perthshire.  Richard Ashrowan: Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements features contributions by Alexander Hamilton and Stuart Ross. It is presented by Horsecross Arts at Perth Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art.


Snap Chats: Photography Projects from young people from Perth & Kinross, 25 March to 1 April, Perth MuseumSee how photography continues to empower young people from Perth and Kinross while they are exploring ideas and promoting creativity within their own communities. Enjoy this fast-paced survey of creative projects using the transformative medium of amateur documentary photography.  For the first time Snap Chats combines highlights from diverse projects by young people over the years in a single exhinition. Spot photography moments from 5 Frames per Second, Perceptions of Youth and Project where young people have worked together with various groups including Fairview School for pupils with complex needs; Perth Six Circle Project for adults experiencing exclusion because of mental health problems, substance misuse, prison experience and New Horizons for local women many of whom don’t have English as their first language.
Snap Chats is presented by Perth and Kinross Council’s Services for Young People and selected by Gary Brown.


Encore Artists Films Threshold Artspace, 25 March to 1 April, Threshold Artspace, Perth Concert HallEnjoy a self-guided tour of Encore – the new exhibition of artists’ films at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall.  Start with a preview of the twelve short films by European artists including Claude Closky, Kosta Tonev, Rafael Rozendaal, Dan Perjovschi and Lala Rascic showing on the wave of screens which dominate the artspace. These are all hand-picked from the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art partly in response to our troubled post-Brexit reality.  Enter the lounge turned micro-cinema for another seven short films by European women artists born in Bosnia-Herzegovina including Maja Zeco, Lana Cmajcanin, Adela Jusic, Nina Komel, Selma Selman which continue to raise questions about the unfinished European project where political narratives founded upon ethnic, national and religious divisions still prevail.

Encore is somewhat of a metaphor which puts you, our applauding and demanding audience, centre stage and also brings us closer to the re-opening of our Perth Theatre. This exhibition is part of a curatorial strand that digs deeper into the love-hate relationship between contemporary visual arts and the diverse genres of performing arts here at the concert hall and theatre – dance and drama, music and cinema.” Iliyana Nedkova, Platform Co-curator and Horsecross Arts Creative Director of Contemporary Art
Encore is presented by Horsecross Arts at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall in partnership with the Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.


Archives of the Heart: Helen McCrorie, 25 March to 1 April, Comrie LibraryA video and mixed-media exhibition on remembering and forgetting. Inspired by moving stories of the loss of family albums in local floods, the artist is exploring concerns about personal and local archives in the digital age.  How do we preserve our most precious memories and what is really worth keeping? Come and join in the research phase of this new moving-image work. Free event.
25 Mar – 1 Apr (Thurs, Fri, Sat only)
Sat 9.30 – 5pm, Thurs 2-4.30pm & 6-8pm, Fri 10-12.30pm


Movement Artists Films: Margaret Morris films, 25 March to 1 April, Fergusson Gallery Research RoomEnjoy this collective moving image homage to the pioneering diva Margaret Morris (1891-1980) created by five contemporary visual artists Brian Hartley, Simon Fildes, Su Grierson, Katrina McPherson and Theresa Pickles – all commissioned by Horsecross Arts for the Threshold artspace collection of contemporary art.  Drop in to see this innovative programme of short artists’ films exploring Margaret Morris’ flamboyant, colour-saturated personality. Be the first to see the latest of the five films premiering as part of Platform. Directed by Pitlochry-based Simon Fildes Trio for a Quartet (2017) is inspired by the Incredible Brightness of Being featuring new music by Debra Salem and choreography by Vincent Hantam.
Discover Theresa Pickles’ creative documentary Movement (2016); Su Grierson’s cinematic essay Fresh Fresh Air (2016); Brian Hartley’s painterly screen dance signs of direction (2016) and Katrina McPherson’s collaborative film we record ourselves (2016) – a elegy to dance, improvisation and memory. Movement is presented by Horsecross Arts in partnership with Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh; Margaret Morris Movement International and the Fergusson Gallery. Supported by Creative Scotland.


Jolanta Dolewska: Reservoir,  25 March to 1 April, Threshold Artspace at Perth Concert HallExperience the Scottish premiere at Threshold artspace of Jolanta Dolewska’s Reservoir project comprising a suite of seven photographs transposed from negatives inherited from her late father presented alongside her own work. Jolanta’s father’s archive of family photographs, technical documentation, school photography and portraiture were taken over a period of his life as a photographer. Jolanta uses these photographs as the departure point for her personal enquiry in found imagery.  Glasgow-based graduate of Royal College of Art, Jolanta is also the artist-in-residence at Perth Theatre Archive throughout 2017 working closely with Perth Youth Theatre.  Be the first to treat yourself to Jolanta’s Reservoir Dog – a new limited edition analogue photography print exclusive to Horsecross Arts. Hand printed by the artist on museum quality silver gelatine fibre-based paper in an edition of ten, it is part of Horsecross Arts Collect + Support initiative for affordable contemporary art.  Jolanta Dolewska: Reservoir at Threshold artspace is presented by Horsecross Arts in partnership with Culture Perth and Kinross Trust.


Susan Mowatt: Everything Woven Together, 25 March to 1 April, Perth Concert Hall & Perth TheatreGrab your chance to see Everything Woven Together by Perth-born artist Susan Mowatt – a new fibre and film installation at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall. The installation includes the work that led Susan to receive the UK’s one-of-a-kind Cordis Prize for Tapestry 2016. This fibre work is complemented by Susan’s Short Films with Land (2011) showing in the UK for the first time after its premiere at Susan’s solo exhibition in GalleryGallery, Kyoto in 2012. Shot on location in Scotland, France and Spain, it features music by Davy Henderson.This artist’s film is the latest acquisition for the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art.  “I started weaving lines and then unweaving them. I seem to have ended with both a tapestry and a film.” Susan Mowatt

Susan Mowatt: Everything Woven Together at Threshold artspace is presented by Horsecross Arts in partnership with Culture Perth and Kinross Trust.


On The Ground: Curated by Su Grierson, on throughout Platform at Perth Museum & Art GalleryCurated by Perthshire artist Su Grierson, this video art explores performance  in landscape, showcasing art’s ability to lead us to more complicated and abstract ideas of ‘place’.  Features acclaimed video artists Henry Coombes, Ruth Levene, Christopher MacInnes, Sam Spreckley, Emma Weislander, Adam Chienjo, Kyra Clegg and Su Grierson.

Su Grierson is a Perthshire-based artist and curator. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 1995 having previously received a BA (hons) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. She has worked and exhibited in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Japan and Lithuania, creating installations of video and sound with digital images. As organiser of Look-Look she brings international artists to Scotland to promote connections with Scottish artists. Grierson was President of the Scottish Artists Union between 2004 – 07, was Chair of Perthshire Visual Arts Forum from 2005 – 2011 and currently serves on Perth Contemporary Arts Trust.


Sights & Sounds of Perthshire Project, The Mad Ferret Band, Sunday Social Open Mic Session at The Venue, Perth, Sunday 26 March, 3-7pm, FreeDuring the Sunday Social Open Mic Session with The Mad Ferret Band at The Venue in Perth, the Mad Ferrets will also be showing their Sights & Sounds Projects during the afternoon. Sights & Sounds is a fun project they’ve started as a way of documenting a snapshot in time of two of their favourite passions – The Sights & Sounds of Perthshire.  The video and audio are all filmed live around the Perthshire area – some tranquil scenes, some with hustle and bustle in the background (whether wanted or not)! All of the artists are musicians that have entertained The Mad Ferrets immensely over the past few years. They’ve paired them with locations and video production styles to help enhance the songs they perform.