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'Oil City' ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

‘Oil City’ ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

Today’s the last day of Platform’s performance ‘Oil City‘ – the spy-thriller for the post-Occupy age. I went last Thursday with the same bare information as any non-Platform person would have. For the past two weeks, at 9am, 1pm and 5pm, audiences of 6 people have been taken on an intense and beautifully crafted set...

‘Oil City’ in The Guardian

By Lyn Gardner

‘Oil City’ in The Big Issue

By Sally Brammall

‘Oil City’ in We make money not art

Excerpts from Take The Money and Run? New guide on arts, ethics and sponsorship

Excerpts from Take The Money and Run? New guide on arts, ethics and sponsorship

This week, together with Live Art Development Agency, we are launching a beautiful print and e-version of the Agency’s Study Room Guide ‘Take the money and run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art’. The Guide was commissioned by the Agency from Platform, and I took up the interesting task of choosing and...
'Spatial Politics' event, Royal Geographical Society, 8 March 2013

‘Spatial Politics’ event, Royal Geographical Society, 8 March 2013

Radical geographer Doreen Massey – whom we hugely admire – gives a keynote speech at this event marking a new publication on her influence on theory, culture and politics. In the ‘Political Cultures’ workshop. Jane Trowell (Platform) is speaking alongside Dr Ian Shaw (Univ of Glasgow). This is at the RGS in central London, 11 –...
Art interventions - our presentation to Shake!

Art interventions – our presentation to Shake!

Last week Shake! shook it all up at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford – 25 young people tackling Arts, Media, Race and Power. Kevin and I were lucky enough to be invited to present to this inspiring and hyper-creative group of people on art interventions and oil sponsorship of the arts. We hope to...
SHAKE! Arts>>Media>>Race>>Power, 18-22 February

SHAKE! Arts>>Media>>Race>>Power, 18-22 February

FREE 5-day course for 16-25 year olds.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 tools and fire up your imagination.Over the five days, the course will include:>> interactive workshops, stimulating dialogue & skill-shares with practicing...
Who shook the Shakers? The influences behind the upcoming arts, race, media and power course

Who shook the Shakers? The influences behind the upcoming arts, race, media and power course

This February sees a new session start for the Shake! course on arts, media, race and power. Over five days young people will have space to imagine what justice looks like, experiment with new ideas, learn new tools, such as practical hands-on techniques in spoken word, online media, film/video and music technology. There will also...
Remember Oluwale - launch tonight, Leeds

Remember Oluwale – launch tonight, Leeds

Platform hails allies in Leeds who are tonight launching a key campaign and creative project ‘Remember Oluwale’. This marks the appalling treatment and early death in suspicious circumstances of Nigerian-born, Leeds-based man David Oluwale. It looks at the contemporary legacies, and how we can change the future. Platform makes common cause with David’s life and...
Want to understand the routes of corporate power? Read 'The corporation that changed the world'

Want to understand the routes of corporate power? Read ‘The corporation that changed the world’

Whether it’s Google, Amazon, Starbucks using legal loopholes to avoid corporation tax; Apple’s subcontractors’ deathly abuse of workers in China; the ongoing call for justice from Bhopal over Union Carbide; Shell, BP’s activities in numerous vulnerable oil-affected communities; the bailout of RBS and Lloyds/TSB as ‘too big to fail’; or G4S taking over running sections of...
Platform at 'Education: Not Knowing', at Raven Row, London, Tues 13th November

Platform at ‘Education: Not Knowing’, at Raven Row, London, Tues 13th November

  Platform’s Jane Trowell is contributing to one of 5 parallel panels during this seminar.  It’s part of the long-awaited exhibition on the Artists Placement Group (APG) at Raven Row gallery in Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LS.  APG’s work – and successor O & I – has been a big influence on Platform’s development. The...