We had a fantastic time at Platform 18 with 39% increase in audiences enjoying the work of more than 200 Perthshire artists, makers, performers and musicians.  We are committed to growing Platform and continuing to showcase the very best of local contemporary culture.

To maximise the opportunity of Platform and give everyone more time to develop new work to showcase, we are going to run this every two years from now on rather than as an annual event.  This means the next Platform Festival will take place from 14-21 March 2020.  This allows time to develop ideas and activities to fill the programme for 2020 – keep an eye out on Perthshire Creates to find out how and when to submit your ideas in the New Year.

Don’t worry, the move to a two-year cycle for Platform does not leave a hole in our programming as we have a new festival of the written word launching in April 2019  Named after the famous Perth poet, William Soutar, the Festival will be a celebration of creative writing in all its many forms from poetry and song to fiction and scriptwriting and all words in between!   Our exciting programme for the Festival will be published soon.

Platform 2018

Platform (24-31 March 2018) is a contemporary art festival celebrating the best of Perth & Kinross’s artists, makers and creative industries.  In this second year, Platform will give you a week of exhibitions, performance, music, talks and workshops to choose from in over 18 venues across Perth & Kinross.

Platform encourages artists and audiences to push their creative boundaries through collaboration, participation and trying something different.

Festival highlights include new artworks from some of the area’s finest artists: sculpture work from Susie Johnston, new drawings and gunpowder work from artist Frank To, the premier of Helen McCrorie’s new film, based on the Comrie floods and a week-long residency on local bus routes with Jim Mackintosh.

The full programme of exhibitions, music and performance events, talks and workshops can be seen on the Platform 2018 online programmeThe Platform Facebook page has regular updates and also on the Culture Perth & Kinross website via


Platform 2017

The inaugural Platform came to an end with a closing event at Perth Museum & Art Gallery on the final Sat evening, it was a chance for us to say our thank you’s, and in case you weren’t able to come along we’d like to say it again, a very big thank you to all the individual artists, performers, musicians, the organisations Perthshire Visual Arts Forum & Perthshire Open Studios, the Corbenic Poetry Path, Library of Innerpeffray, Caterans Common Wealth, the venues CPKLibraries,Threshold Artspace at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre – Horsecross, The Fergusson Gallery, Perth Museum & Art Gallery, The Fair Maids House RSGS, The Civic Hall at Perth & Kinross Council HQ.

Of course we want to also thank everyone that came along to any of the Platform events this year and we’re already thinking ahead to 2018! THANK YOU and here’s to next year! 

Platform had some great coverage from the local papers and STV News, this follow up in the Perthshire Advertiser summarised what the event was about:

2017 Platform Information:

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. For individual event information visit the What’s On  pages of Culture Perth & Kinross website  or the the Platform Facebook page .

Venues include the historic Innerpeffray Library  near Crieff – Scotland’s first lending library, Fair Maid’s House in Perth, The Cateran Trail in East Perthshire and Perth Museum & Art Gallery, which is due to be refurbished from 2018 – 2021 as part of an ambitious city cultural development.

Highlights include a special installation, the Story Tree – a huge split level willow and paper sculpture by artist Georgia Crook at AK Bell Library ; the UK Premiere of a short art film by Perthshire born artist Susan Mowatt, a live drama at Breadalbane Library, live music, several workshops and talks by artists and creatives.

Many events are free to attend and open throughout the week, such as the Traces Exhibition featuring work from members of Perthshire Visual Arts Forum at the Fair Maids House and the Perthshire Open Studios 10th Anniversary Exhibition at the Civic Hall, 2 High Street, both in Perth city centre.

Some are one night ticketed events such as the Perth folk duo, The Mad Ferret Band performing with friends at Perth Museum on Thursday 30 and the story telling singer song writers that are The Gutenbergs at Birnam Library on Sat 1 April.   It might be one of the lunchtime artist talks, evening drama event or an outdoor creative inspiration walk that peeks your interest.  Some of the exhibitions will also feature artworks for sale, an opportunity to find an original piece of locally created work as well as meet many of the artists, creatives and performers in person.

Platform is being run by Perthshire Creates, a network of contemporary creative activities, and Culture Perth and Kinross, which works to support the development and delivery of cultural services across Perth and Kinross.

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, said:

It seemed fitting that we’re looking forward to how Platform will raise awareness of artists in the region, and also push these artists creatively. Culture Perth and Kinross is proud to be part of the first annual Platform, which we see growing and being an innovative, must-do event on Perthshire’s cultural calendar.

Through a week of events, Platform will encourage established and emerging artists in Perthshire to push their creative boundaries and explore the contemporary cultural identity of the region.

The different Exhibitions featuring as part of Platform are highlighted on the web post ‘Showing at Platform’

Several events including Artist Talks provide the chance to hear from artists In Person at Platform.

This Film & Photography at Platform web post details all the different venues featuring this genre of artwork.

Want to Join In at Platform, this post highlights how you can do just that!

Events set Outdoors at Platform are a great way to inspire creativity by our beautiful surroundings.

Enjoy live music?  This Music at Platform web post details who you can see and where.

Drama & Performance at Platform includes opera, live poetry and the live performance for a play originally written for radio.

A series of  Coffee Croissant & Art at Platform events offer a great chance to meet both the artist and curator of contemporary art projects on show at Threshold Artspace in Perth Concert Hall.

Platform features a selection of work 26 artworks from the Horsecross Arts Collection to be enjoyed.

Traces: Perthshire Visual Arts Forum is one of the Platform exhibitions at The Fair Maid’s House, RSGS, Perth

For more information visit the What’s On  pages of Culture Perth & Kinross website  or the the Platform Facebook page .