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The River Resurfaces - reflecting on politically engaged art from the 1970s to today

The River Resurfaces – reflecting on politically engaged art from the 1970s to today

    I’m sitting talking with Caroline Tisdall, a friend who has known Platform since 1986. We first came into contact with her via the producer and curator Richard Demarco: along with him, she was among the first to champion artist Joseph Beuys in the English-speaking world. Beuys’ art and politics were critical influences in...
UK-based and angry about #MuslimBan? Here's 5 things to do.

UK-based and angry about #MuslimBan? Here’s 5 things to do.

UK people. Are you angry about Trump’s attempts to deport people from the US? Did you perhaps go to the Women’s March, or sign that oddly-worded petition about cancelling Trump’s visit? Well, we’ve got more work to do (join a protest against the #MuslimBan this week), and more importantly, more work to do at home. Muslim lives, the...
"Art is direct, it challenges the authorities, the power structure" Ken Saro-Wiwa jr, 1968 - 2016

“Art is direct, it challenges the authorities, the power structure” Ken Saro-Wiwa jr, 1968 – 2016

Yesterday at All Saints Church in Fulham, London, we attended a celebration of the life of journalist, government special advisor, and digital tech innovator Ken Saro-Wiwa jr. His life was suddenly cut short at the age of 47. We are sorrowed by this profound loss to the Saro-Wiwa family, and of a talented man invested in...
Strip away the carapace – the Ice Age, BP, and the British Museum

Strip away the carapace – the Ice Age, BP, and the British Museum

It pushes me quickly to tears. I’m kneeling on the cold stone floor of the Great Court, legs tucked beneath me, one foot crossed under the other. I’m listening to a rendition of A Requiem to Sinking Cities – an agit-performance in the heart of the British Museum. Silent figures hold up two banners, ‘#DropBP’...
Head looking backward the bird flies forward - a night for Ken Saro-Wiwa in Peckham

Head looking backward the bird flies forward – a night for Ken Saro-Wiwa in Peckham

[In 7 days’ time it will be 10th November – the 20th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. This blog is a response to a powerful poetry event at Peckham Platform last Friday, inspired by the work and life of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Come to the events on Nov 10th –...
'Doing Nothing is Not an Option', exhibition by Michael McMillan inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa

‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option’, exhibition by Michael McMillan inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Platform is delighted that next Thursday night, artist Michael McMillan and Peckham Platform gallery are launching Michael’s  new work ‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option‘ which takes the life and campaigning of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa as its starting point. The exhibition runs 18th September – 18th November 2015. Platform has been in a productive...
Poetry that changes us - and join Shake! in August

Poetry that changes us – and join Shake! in August

We are not idealists. We know that art alone does not make the revolution. But we are not fools. We know that revolution is impossible without the art. Frente Popular, Dario Santillan Platform was invited to take part in the recent ‘Footprint Modulation: art, climate and displacement‘. This was a multi-site exhibition and season of...
Find out about Shake's new youth-led research collective and its new work on public space, young people and 'violence'

Find out about Shake’s new youth-led research collective and its new work on public space, young people and ‘violence’

Shake! is excited to launch its youth-led research collective. It starts from questions about power that come up time and again as we make and remake Shake! Why are we young people always the objects of ‘research’ and ‘policy’? And why young people of colour in particular? We are not interested in being described, explained, being told...

BP or not BP? That is the question…

by Lindsey Harrod, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy