Open Call for Platform 2024

The Edinburgh Art Festival has announced the call for proposals to participate in Platform: 2024, the annual group exhibition designed to provide a dedicated platform within the Festival’s programme, for early-career artists based in Scotland and working in the field of contemporary art.

Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art. Founded in 2004, we work with local and international partners to present an ambitious and meaningful programme of exhibitions, events and projects across the city. 

Since its beginnings, the festival has featured exhibitions including international and UK artists at a pivotal point in their career alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to historic sites in the city.

An International Selection Panel

Platform has supported 32 early career artists to produce and exhibit work as part of the festival programme since 2015. Submissions are reviewed by the panel, including invited independent selectors Amal Khalaf and Eliel Jones, alongside Art Festival Curator Eleanor Edmondson. 

Art - Amal KhalafAmal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries. Here and in other contexts she has developed residencies, exhibitions and collaborative research projects at the intersection of art and social justice, recently launching Support Structures for Support Structures, a fellowship and grant programme for artists working in the field of community practice and spatial politics. She is a founding member of artist collective GCC and is also a trustee for film cooperative not/nowhere- London, Art Night-UK and Mophradat-Athens. 

Art - Eliel JonesEliel Jones is the Curator of Performance and Time-based Media at KANAL – Centre Pompidou, a new interdisciplinary museum of modern and contemporary art due to open in Brussels in 2025. Prior to KANAL he was the Curator of the 2nd Brent Biennial, London’s only biennial taking place in the North West Borough of Brent. He has also held curatorial positions at Metroland Cultures, Cell Project Space and Chisenhale Gallery (all in London), where he worked towards realising multidisciplinary commissions by emerging artists and setting up infrastructures of support for artists and young people. He is currently a faculty member of the Curatorial Studies postgraduate programme at KASK in Gent, a Trustee at PEER, and a Committee Member for the LUX Moving Image Collection.

Applications should be submitted by Sunday 4 February 2024 at midnight, and full details of the application process can be found HERE - and the Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 11 to 27 August 2024.

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