Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants.
It brings together groups and artists / performers of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country.
We hope that the quality and diversity of the work presented within the Platforma project will encourage new audiences to relate more closely and empathetically to the experiences of refugees.
Platforma is managed by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with organisations across the country. Every two years we run the Platforma Festival – the first was held in London (2011) , then Manchester (2013), Leicester (2015), Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton & Middlesbrough (2017). The fifth festival, Platforma 5, will take place in Kent in October 2019.
Since 2012, through our Arts Council funded regional networks, Platforma has worked with more than 100 artists across the country each year, held more than 50 network meetings and has a total network reach of 541 artists and 736 organisations. We have also showcased the work of Platforma artists at events across the country and offered advice, consultancy and networking to artists and organisations across all artforms.
Platforma was set up by Counterpoints Arts, with the support of Ovalhouse Theatre and our Platforma Regional Hub partners across England including Community Arts Northwest, ArtReach, Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham and Arts On The Run. Funding comes from bodies including The Baring Foundation and Arts Council England.
The Platforma project stems from the recommendations made in the 2008 Hybrid report The Arts and Refugees – History, Impact and the Future, which was commissioned by The Baring Foundation, Arts Council England, London and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The report and associated research set out ‘to trace the history of the arts and refugees in the UK over the past 20 years, to identify trends in practice and funding, to report on the outcomes of this activity and to make recommendations for its future support’.
We are always interested in connecting with new artists, organisations and networks.
For more information contact the Platforma Project Manager, Tom Green: firstname.lastname@example.org