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Henna Asikainen is a mixed-media artist born in Joensuu, Finland. She uses different mediums to explore issues concerned with nature and the environment. Her work contributes to the debates around complex ecological issues and explores the poetics of our fundamental relationship with the world around us. She also examines the aesthetic value of nature and […]


Isabel Lima is a Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based artist whose most recent work titled Gresham’s Wooden Horse aims to brings together disparate communities living in Gresham, central Middlesbrough. The project is inspired by the ancient Greek story of the Trojan Horse, built by Greek soldiers as a means of infiltrating and taking control of the city of Troy. […]

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Call to artists: A supported artist residency at St John the Baptist, Newcastle, with A+CE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) and Platforma Festival Overview A+CE and Platforma seek proposals from artists who would like to take up a supported four week residency based at St John the Baptist Church in Newcastle this summer. Programmed in […]

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7th July 2016

By Hannah Pillai, ArtReach. As part of Refugee Week 2016, ArtReach hosted a live music and spoken word event – VOICED – to showcase the talent of the East Midlands refugee community, in association with the Platforma Network. The basement of The Exchange in Leicester became a glittering lair where the audience sat back, relaxed […]


On 2nd July the Platforma South East network in association with Music for Change and supported by Arts Council England held the launch event for an exhibition at Turner Contempoary in Margate based on the 2016 Refugee Week theme ‘Welcome’. Bringing together newly commissioned work created by, with and about refugees and migrants from marginalised […]


The Platforma South East & East regional hub Artist Commission 2016 commissioning opportunity is now open to applicants. The brief is for new work to be created in any art form that explores the 2016 Refugee Week theme: ‘Welcome’. A total of 4 artist commissions will be awarded: 2 in Kent/Sussex and 2 in Peterborough. […]


We were delighted to welcome a team from BBC Arts to our Platforma Festival in Leicester in November. Overall we helped them make four films, including one about the Platforma Conference. The films were part of a season curated by Vicky Featherstone (artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre) and included pieces on The Paper Project, […]


By Tory Davidson For many who work at the intersection of art and refugee and migrant experiences, the engagement with and the building of communities is key. Therefore it is only appropriate that a community for the artists, practitioners, academics, and advocates engaging with this subject is built and maintained. The Platforma Conference (part of […]


The third Platforma Festival will be getting under way from 2 November, with a launch party at LCB Depot for the Journeys Extra programme run by ArtReach and Leicester City of Sanctuary. The art exhibitions are being set up and the participatory programme, Photoworks (pictured) exploring self-portraiture and identity, led by Anna Sherbany with local […]


The third Platforma Festival will take place in Leicester across the first week of November. Following events in London (2011) and Manchester (2013) this year the Festival will, for the first time, have a special event for international delegates – Platforma International (4th November) The central event of the Festival will be the Platforma Conference […]


In the run-up to the third Platforma Festival in Leicester this November, we’re presenting some highlights from the first two events. This is Didier and Remie from Birmingham-based group The Redeemed playing at The Martin Harris Centre in Manchester 2013. Fabulous.