What is Platforma?
Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by and about refugees.
It brings together groups and artists 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.
What does Platforma consist of?
The main elements of the project are the website and two national events (in 2011 and 2013) - different ways of bringing together, showcasing and promoting the work of relevant agencies and artists. Platforma is also supporting the development of regional networks or "hubs", which are involved in developing and promoting related activities, managing relevant sections of the website and contributing to the development of the national events.
Who runs Platforma?
Platforma is developed in partnership between Counterpoints Arts (formerly Partnership for Arts and Refugees, including Refugee Week) and Oval House Theatre, and is supported by The Baring Foundation and Arts Council England.
The project is coordinated by Tom Green (Platforma Coordinator), who works closely with Almir Koldzic (Co-Director, Counterpoints Arts) and Stella Barnes (Director of Participation at Oval House).
Counterpoints Arts is a hub of creative projects by and about migrants and refugees. In addition to Platforma, its projects include Refugee Week and the Simple Acts campaign.
Oval House has a long history of providing arts opportunities for young refugees and asylum seekers and of collaborating with exiled artists.
Find out how to contact us
Using the Platforma website
Read our simple user-guide for artists and organistions using the Platforma website or contact us if you need more help.
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'.