In Person at Platform

March 20, 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.

Platform features a number of events where you can hear and meet the artist in person, a way to be inspired by their creative process and understand more about what motivates them to create.

Sat 25 March: Curators Talk – Movement, Iliyana Nedkova at The Fergusson Gallery: Research Room, 1-2pm, £2

Join Iliyana Nedkova, Platform Co-curator and Perth Pioneer for an introduction to the artists’ films by Brian Hartley, Simon Fildes, Su Grierson, Katrina McPherson and Theresa Pickles commissioned by Horsecross Arts for Threshold artspace at Perth Concert Hall and acquired for the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art.
Find out about the creative and archival processes which led to this collective moving image homage to the pioneering diva Margaret Morris (1891-1980). Learn about 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) – an elegy to improvisation and memory.  Treat yourself to the world premiere of Trio for a Quartet (2017) – Simon Fildes’ new film inspired by the Incredible Brightness of Being featuring new music by Debra Salem and choreography by Vincent Hantam. £2 per person includes admission to the artists’ films screening. 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.  Book your ticket here


Mon 27 March: Artist Talk with Su Grierson – Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 12.30pm, Free

Join Rhona Rodger, Senior Collections Officer at Perth Museum and Art Gallery for a brief introduction to three historically significant landscape paintings from the permanent museum collection. Hear Perth’s own Su Grierson, guest curator and exhibiting artist in the exhibtion On The Ground, provide her reasons for selecting artists’ films by Scottish and international contemporary artists which reflect our current landscape concerns. Finally, enjoy an informal discussion while viewing the works over wine and refreshments.  On The Ground is guest curated by Su Grierson for Perth Museum and Art Gallery and features artists’ films by Adam Chienjo, Henry Coombes, Ruth Levene, Sam Spreckley, Christopher MacInnes, Emma Weislander, Kyra Clegg and Su Grierson. Supported by Culture Perth and Kinross.


Tues 28 March: Anne Gilchrist in conversation with Dr Yvonne Reddick – The Oak Year – Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 12.30-1.30pm, £2

Intrigued by the oil paintings comprising  Anne Gilchrist’s The Oak Year Project spanning the floors of Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the multiple screens and walls of the Threshold artspace? Join the artist in conversation with Dr Yvonne Reddick, a published ‘ecopoet’ and Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures at the University of Central Lancashire.  “The Oak Year project was inspired by my artist’s residency on the shores of Loch Tay. I love joining the community of plants and creatures there, watching, listening, observing, learning. Each leaf is unique and tells a story – caterpillars create delicate lacy beauties; autumn colours astonish with brilliance; the tenacity of a leaf that has lain on the woodland floor from November to May is surprising. This is nature hidden in plain sight where the ordinary becomes treasure.” Anne Gilchrist

Anne Gilchrist: The Oak Year project at both Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall and the Sculpture Court, Perth Museum and Art Gallery is pressented by Horsecross Arts in partnership with Culture Perth and Kinross Trust – Book your £2 ticket here.


Tues 28 March: Artist Talk with Georgia Crook – AK Bell Library, 2-3pm, Free

Join artist Georgia Crook ,Creator of the Willow Window Story Tree and hear about her special installation at AK Bell Library. Free admission and booking required – Book your free ticket here.


Tues 28 March: In Conversation with Perthshire Architect Fergus Purdie – Towards a Community of Purpose – Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 6-8pm, £5

At this exciting time when Perth is bidding to become UK City of Culture 2021, come along and hear Perth based architect Fergus Purdie Architect RSA share his experiences and thoughts on the creative contribution a collaborative practice can offer an emerging city of culture.  Book your £5 ticket here.


Tues 28/Wed 29 March: Wire Wrapping Jewellery Workshop with Diana King – North Inch Community Library, 10am, Free although booking required with limited spaces

Help create a unique piece of artwork using wirewrapping beads with Diana King Jewellery. Using River Tay and Perth as inspiration we will be wire wrapping beads over shapes which reflect the beauty of the river to use within a 9 frame collage to be displayed at the North Inch Community Campus Library for the Platform Festival.

Tues 28 is now FULL, however you can still book a place for Wed 29 using this Eventbrite link


Wed 29 March: Artist Talk with Angus Ross – Perth Museum & Art Gallery, 12.30-1.30, £2

Internationally renowned furniture designer Angus Ross in conversation about his stunning curvaceous furniture design work including his steam-bent methods.


Thurs 30 March: Dylan Gibson Illustrators Showcase – Pitlochry Library, 5-7pm, Free

Artwork display by professional illustrator, Dylan Gibson, showcasing work from picture books and character designs. A chance to see live drawing and opportunity to learn some drawing skills. Free, no booking required.


Sat 1 April: Artist Talk with Helen McCrorie – Comrie Library, 4pm, Free 

Meet with artist Helen McCrorie for an interesting discussion on the themes of memory and forgetting from her Archives of the Heart project launch at Comrie Library during Platform. Booking is not required.