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For Lucy Fairley, co-founder of Helix Arts and Crossings

For Lucy Fairley, co-founder of Helix Arts and Crossings

My friend and Platform ally Lucy Fairley has died, aged 70. We’ve known her and her work for nearly 25 years and worked especially closely with her in the late 1990s. She co-founded Artists Agency with Esther Salamon in Sunderland in 1993, later changing its name to Helix Arts. It is one of the country’s early...
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’...

Democratising energy – an online peer learning course

  6 weeks of learning and sharing with people working on energy transitions around the world To sign up please fill out this form. Why Responding to climate change requires radical rethinking of our energy systems. But what should these changes look like – in politics, in economics and in our lives? Movements globally are developing visions...
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...
Silence Would Be Treason - Oil, Politics and Poetry, Sun 28 June, Durham

Silence Would Be Treason – Oil, Politics and Poetry, Sun 28 June, Durham

Come to this event we’re contributing to, connecting Ogoniland, County Durham and Climate Change. PERFORMANCE NIGHT: Oil, politics, poetry with Platform and Transition Durham, Sunday 28th June 7pm-11pm at EMPTY SHOP HQ  35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ  www.emptyshop.org Platform, Transition Durham and Metaceptive invite you to a special FREE event for 2015 connecting County Durham with Ogoniland in the Niger...
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