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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...
Standing up to BP: The Way of Water on stage

Standing up to BP: The Way of Water on stage

We’re very pleased to host this guest blog by Caridad Svich, playwright of The Way of Water, which you can witness at a reading 3pm this Sunday 13th May for FREE at Rosemary Branch Theatre, London. Over the month of April, over 1000 audiences from Occupy Ashland in Oregon to the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT, from...
Twenty years ago today: 'Still Waters', Day 1

Twenty years ago today: ‘Still Waters’, Day 1

May 1st 1992 marked the first day of Platform’s project ‘Still Waters’: a month of street-based actions, walks, talks and art-interventions to unbury the Fleet, Walbrook, Effra and Wandle, three sewerised and one neglected river in central London. ‘Still Waters’ reframed London as a watershed. We aimed to reclaim London’s rivers from their hidden state, create...
Activism and the uses of collective remembrance: Stephen Lawrence

Activism and the uses of collective remembrance: Stephen Lawrence

Yesterday the 19th annual church service called by Stephen Lawrence’s family to honour and remember his life and legacy took place at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1. It was a moment to reflect, grieve, and mark all that has happened – the unspeakable and the extraordinary – since his murder in 1993. The occasion made...
DIY 9 Call for Proposals

DIY 9 Call for Proposals

Platform is collaborating with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and others to participate in DIY 9 – professional development by artists for artists. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. Deadline for proposals to run DIY 9 projects: Noon Monday...
Keeping on: sustainable art-activism

Keeping on: sustainable art-activism

What enables artists and activists to keep on making work that challenges the status quo? How can we sustain ourselves, our imaginations, and our communities while keeping on speaking truth to power? On 14 March 2012, I wrote this to some people I have been working with recently: "I'm giving a presentation called "Keeping on: sustainable...
Join Platform's Reading Group on ethics, business sponsorship, and making art

Join Platform’s Reading Group on ethics, business sponsorship, and making art

“Take the money and run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art”  Tuesdays 15 & 29 May; 12 & 26 June, 2012; 6.30 – 8.30pm; London. Booking essential. As part of our work critiquing corporate sponsorship of the arts, we have set up this Reading Group, and you’re invited! The sessions will be based on...
15th March - an evening with the Journal of  Aesthetics & Protest

15th March – an evening with the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest

One of the co-editors of the groundbreaking Journal of  Aesthetics & Protest is passing through town, and we're hosting him for an evening that will include a lecture/presentation and  production/performance (group-research) elements. When – Thursday 15th March, 18.30 – 20.30 Where – The Platform office, 7, Horselydown Lane, Tower Bridge, SE1 2LN
Don't throw activist histories away: Huntley Conference on Arts & Activism, Culture & Resistance

Don’t throw activist histories away: Huntley Conference on Arts & Activism, Culture & Resistance

18th February, London There were over a 100 artists, activists, community workers, young people, archivists & conservators, educators, parents, grandparents, policymakers. We were taking part in talks, creative “Groundings” sessions, a parallel youth conference, music & poetry performances, from the fabulous El Crisis, younger talented artists, and the more experienced, discussing race and power, creativity and...
Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Platform at State of the Arts Conference, #sota12

Presentation by James Marriott on 'Artists & the Future Environment'* The first speaker was writer Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild', followed by myself, James Marriott, speaking for Platform. You can watch an interview I did after the presentation at the bottom of the text. Thank you Jay for a beautiful exposition of the relationship between...

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts – Sat 14th of Jan

The Corporate Occupation of the Arts. -OccupyLSX / The Bank of Ideas Earl St. EC2A 2AL – Sat 14th Jan 2012.  2- 6pm We're taking part in this afternoon of presentations and discussions at the Bank of Ideas, an abandoned office block purchased several years ago by the bank UBS and squatted by Occupy LSX....