Outdoors 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 are 2 Platform events which provide the chance to quite literally explore creativity in the great outdoors!

Saturday 25 March, 10am – 4pm, Cateran Trail, Alyth Town Square

Walk part of the Cateran Trail with Artist in Residence at The Cateran Trail, Deirdre Nelson, one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary textile artists. From Spring to summer 2017, Deirdre is artist in residence for the Caterans Common Wealth ‘Common Ground’ project, she’ll be working with schools and community groups around the Trail to design and make new textiles inspired by new aerial photography and place name research. One of Deirdre’s goals is to walk the Cateran Trail herself and she is inviting anyone who wants to, to join her.  Bring your own map, food and water provisions for the walk, please ensure you have the appropriate clothing and footwear. This is not a circular walk so you will need to arrange your own pick up and drop off. Free – no booking required.  Full information can be seen here.  

You can continue to follow Deirdre’s progress and keep up to date on all the different Cateran Trail projects and events via the Caterans Commonwealth Twitter account and also on their Caterans Commonwealth Facebook page.

Another major project currently underway is ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’,  inspired by Neil McGregor’s History of the World in 100 objects, this project as one of the Cateran’s Common Wealth  initiative invites the people who live and work around The Cateran Trail and those who visit, to propose people, places and landscapes and objects associated with them, that they believe tell an important part of the story of this part of Scotland across history and into the present day.  You can take part by going to the project website here and pressing the button that says ‘Suggest An Object’ and loading up your idea for what should be included. You’ll see all the ideas that other folk have already put up there too!


Tuesday 28 March, 7.30pm, Corbenic Poetry Path, Trochry, Near Dunkeld

Live Poetry on the Path:  Three Poetry Path Poets will join voices among the trees, bringing their words off the page and performing them live.

An evening of live poetry on the path. Lanterns will light the way as the daylight fades. The poetry path is a 3.5km meandering path through stunning scenery. For this live event we will use a short section of the path with a live performance area among the trees. If the weather is terrible we will move the event to our indoor hall. FREE to attend

The The Corbenic Poetry Path  is open all year round and free to enjoy.

If you’re unable to join in the Live Poetry on the Path event, you can enjoy the Corbenic Poetry Path Sculptures which provide a taster of what you’ll see when you visit.  These newly created sculptures can be seen at the Civic Hall, No.2 High Street alongside the Perthshire Open Studios 10th Anniversary Exhibition for the duration of Platform, open 10-5 during Platform except Sunday 12-5.