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Where do we go from here? Climate change, arts & Culture Shift

Where do we go from here? Climate change, arts & Culture Shift

We’re very excited about Culture Shift – the new report by Emergence on how artists are responding to sustainability. (It’s also available in Welsh). Culture Shift includes a great idea for a “Gablik Test” for the arts, learning from the Bechdel Test. Here is an extract from the report.   “If the scientists are right,...
Take the money and run?   - an event about ethics, funding and art

Take the money and run? – an event about ethics, funding and art

Thursday 29 January, 2015 Event 10am – 5pm; Drinks 5pm – 6pm £12.50, including tea/coffee, lunch and a complimentary copy of the publication Take The Money And Run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art by Jane Trowell (Platform) *15 free places are available by application to those on low/no income. at Toynbee...
Norwegian research ethics committee slams university-oil industry links

Norwegian research ethics committee slams university-oil industry links

(Guest blog by Ragnhild Freng Dale. For more information on collusion between oil companies & universities in Britain, see Platform’s report Knowledge & Power) A damning statement from the Norwegian committee responsible for university research ethics challenges collaboration between universities and oil companies. After months of deliberation over the ethics of petroleum research, the Norwegian...
Art in the face of climate change - Deller, detachment and William Morris

Art in the face of climate change – Deller, detachment and William Morris

Recently I gave a short talk followed by a lengthy discussion in a ‘Green Drinks’ forum organised by Artsadmin at Toynbee Studios in Whitechapel, London. The audience was comprised mainly of people in the arts engaged with ecology, and people in the ecological movement engaged with the arts. The text of the talk ran as...
Self- Reparations: Art,  Activism & Well-being

Self- Reparations: Art, Activism & Well-being

via voices that shake! “Creativity is the immune system of the mind” Once again I was shaken by the Shakers! Feel very honoured to be one of the facilitators on this project as the generosity, trust, desire to learn, share, give and work together for change is genuine and inspiring from all. This is now...
DIY 11: 2014 Call for proposals

DIY 11: 2014 Call for proposals

Want to run training for artists on race & intergenerationality?  In partnership with LADA we are making a call for proposals on the following theme: Let Go Of The Shore* Shake! seeks proposals on live art, intergenerationality and race. You are invited to devise a project that brings together artists committed to thinking and making...
Shake! February 2014 sharing

Shake! February 2014 sharing

Another February half term. Another Shake Intensive. This Shake was perhaps one of the most free-flowing organic Shakes we’ve had. The discussions were epic with Adam Cooper provoking us to think about policing when we are aware of our rights as citizens, while Mark Fisher’s discussion was a historical journey through social justice with an...
Applications open #Shake!2014 -Remembering, Re-imagining, Reparations @ Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, 17th-21st Feb.

Applications open #Shake!2014 -Remembering, Re-imagining, Reparations @ Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, 17th-21st Feb.

Applications now open for our FREE! 5 day course on Art/ Race/ Media/ Power for 16-25’s. See below for more info & how to apply ======================================= Art can be a powerful non-violent force for change. Each day Shake! creative workshops will provide space to imagine what justice looks like, experiment with new ideas, learn new...
Platform at 'Generosities of Economy' Symposium, Liverpool, 8th December

Platform at ‘Generosities of Economy’ Symposium, Liverpool, 8th December

Come, think, and talk about ‘Gifts of Self-care and Lovely Limits’:  how are we sustainable in our art-activism? With Jane Trowell, Platform. This is part of the fascinating ‘Generosities of Economy’ afternoon symposium at the Homebaked Bakery in Anfield, Liverpool. Free event. Details of the Symposium here.
The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

Since I joined Platform in July, I have seen the high-spirited Farzana passionately preparing for the “Shake! – Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power course”, organising its different activities and coordinating with other facilitators (Ed, Zena and Sai) in order to make it even better than the previous sessions. The third  course  was...
Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power! Tuesday 29th October

Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power! Tuesday 29th October

Shake! Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power!  is the explosive showcase from the participants of the third Shake! course. Featuring freshly created poetic, filmic and musical responses to injustice, the showcase will present an original and inspiring mix of political creativity. So get on down to the Free Word Centre  in Farringdon on Tuesday 29th October,...
The Oil Road at Rutgers University NJ - 10 October 2013

The Oil Road at Rutgers University NJ – 10 October 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:00 PM Center Hall, Busch Campus Center 604 Bartholomew Road Rutgers University NJ Hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Join CMES for a talk by James Marriott about his and Mika Minio-Paluello’s book, The Oil Road: Journeys From The Caspian Sea To The City Of London. From Caspian drilling...