Platform

Following the success of the inaugural Platform Festival in March 2017, Perthshire Creates and Culture Perth and Kinross will again be hosting the Festival on 24 – 31 March 2018.

There are a number of ways in which you can become involved in the Festival as a participant, host venue or supporter and these are detailed below.

If you would like to be involved we ask that you download and complete the ‘Note of Interest’ form and return it to the address below no later than 25 June 2017.

Platform 18 – Note of Interest Form PDF

Platform 18 – Get Involved

Help shape Perth and Kinross’s growing contemporary arts festival for 2018.

This year’s inaugural Platform attracted thousands of people into venues across Perth and Kinross, as well as showcasing the diverse contemporary art scene in the area.  In 2018, we want to make it bigger and better – with your help.

The theme and focus for 2018 will be Platform: Stages. We welcome proposals working around this theme. This could be, for example, life stages, creative stages, early stages, Perthshire stages, centre stages – whatever reflects best the diverse contemporary arts community in Perth and Kinross.

We’re looking for proposals from emerging and existing artists, creative practitioners and organisations, to present new work in any media, in response to the Stages theme which develops practice and pushes boundaries, while challenging audiences in Perth and Kinross to do the same.

There are a number of ways in which you or your organisation can get involved in Platform 18 and help deliver the biggest and most exciting new arts festival in Scotland.

Platform Core Collaborators

As a Core Collaborator, you will work with Culture Perth and Kinross to develop your Platform event and it will form part of the core Festival programming.

What Platform Festival can provide you as a Core Collaborator

  • Festival Programme Planning and Event Coordination
  • Event Marketing and Promotion, including exposure through print, digital and social media as part of  the Platform Festival Programme
  • Venue identification and venue costs contribution (where applicable) (upper limit of £850 applies to venue hire)
  • Support with event costs – (upper limit of £1,000 applies to event costs)
  • Ticketing of events
  • Health and Safety guidance and support with any Risk Assessments
  • Promotion of your organisation/business on Platform Website and in printed Festival Guides and other materials
  • Listings on the Culture Perth and Kinross website and related Social Media pages
  • Guidance on event evaluation
  • Platform marketing package for use on your own marketing and promotional channels

What we ask of Core Collaborators in return

  • Participation in Platform Festival planning and working groups
  • Support with venue staffing and promotional activities
  • Promote your event and the wider Festival through your own marketing and promotional channels
  • Acknowledge the support of Platform and Culture Perth and Kinross in materials relating to your Festival event
  • Provide a short evaluation of your event including numbers attending and any feedback or comments made.

To discuss becoming a Core Collaborator, please contact HSmout@culturepk.org.uk

Platform Partners

Becoming a Platform Partner gives you the freedom to develop your own festival events and activities and benefit from additional local and national exposure through the Platform Festival marketing and promotional activities.

What Platform Festival can provide you as a Platform Partner

  • Festival Programme Co-ordination (we may also be able to partner you with some potential collaborators for your event)
  • Event Marketing and Promotion, including exposure through print, digital and social media as part of  the Platform Festival Programme
  • Promotion of your organisation/business on Platform Website and in printed Festival Guides and other materials
  • Listings on the Culture Perth and Kinross website and related Social Media pages
  • Festival branded Venue Signage
  • Guidance on event evaluation
  • Platform media package for use on your own marketing and promotional channels

What we ask of Platform Partners in return

  • Promote your event and the wider Festival through your own marketing and promotional channels
  • Acknowledge the support of Platform and Culture Perth and Kinross in materials relating to your Festival event
  • Provide a short evaluation of your event including numbers attending and any feedback or comments made.

There is no fee to pay as a Platform Partner however you are expected to be able to fund any event costs you incur.

To discuss becoming a Platform Partner please contact Jenny Kinnear at  JCKinnear@culturepk.org.uk

 

Platform Supporter

Platform Supporters can support the growth and development of the Festival in key ways:

  • Promotion of Festival through your own marketing and promotional channels
  • Sponsorship of events and activities
  • General Donation to support the Festival
  • Promoting the Festival brand with creative displays in your business

In return, Platform Supporters will benefit from

  • Discounted tickets and special advance access to events
  • Acknowledgement of their support in Festival website and printed materials
  • Use of Platform Festival promotional materials in their own business

To discuss becoming a Platform Supporter, please contact Steve Williams at  smwilliams@culturepk.org.uk

 

 

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 .