Platform:2020, the new group show from Edinburgh Art Festival showcasing mixed media (textiles, sculpture, performance and film) work from artists; Rabindranath A Bhose, Mark Bleakley, Rhona Jack and Susannah Stark before it opens to the public on the 31st October. The artists will be present and available for interview, as will the exhibition curator, Abbe Webster. Edinburgh Art Festival present this year’s Platform exhibition, the festival’s annual showcase supporting artists in the early stages of their careers to make and present new work. Selected from an open call by artist Ruth Ewan, and curator, Sophia Hao (Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), four artists based in Scotland – Rabindranath A Bhose, Mark Bleakley, Rhona Jack and Susannah Stark – have been supported to create new work which will be presented in a group show at City Art Centre.
Each of the artists has been working over recent months to develop new work for their presentation in Platform: 2020. The exhibition brings together four new bodies of work that include sound installations, textile and sculptural works, print-making, film, performance, and text-based works. Across each of the artists’ individual practice, a number of themes and approaches are particularly resonant for our present times including: the aesthetics of the collective, the intense vitality of ‘being together’ in space; strategies for survival; and the importance of the sense of touch. Edinburgh Art Festival, along with its sibling August Festivals, made the difficult decision earlier this year to cancel their 2020 edition due to the ongoing pandemic. Despite the many challenges faced across the cultural sector, the festival is very pleased to continue to support artists during this difficult time by presenting the delayed 2020 edition of their Platform series, which usually forms a key element of each Edinburgh Art Festival programme, showcasing new work for four artists in the early stages of their careers. Platform: 2020 runs from 31st October – 29th November 2020 at City Art Centre in