Platform Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the practice of emerging artists in the UK. We support talented individuals through an annual programme of curated exhibitions, mentoring workshops and public talks.
The artists we identify as “emerging” are at an early and critical stage of their career. The term does not imply an age limit but is applied to artists who are still forging their career and may be on the rise, be they young practitioners or artists who have not received critical or commercial recognition to date.
Our exhibiting platform aims to make artists’ work accessible to the wider public from our base in Mayfair, the historical heart of London’s art scene. Visitors can not only discover new talents but also buy the artworks on display. Each purchase will support our community objectives, as the proceeds are used to pay the artists’ costs, reinvest in the public programme and be shared with worthy charities that also support artists, as well as advance the creative education of the youngest and most vulnerable in our society.
Our first selected charity is Kazzum Arts, a charity based in East London which provides opportunities for children and young people to explore creativity at times in their lives when they are most in need of support. Their team of artist facilitators specialises in working with young people who have social, emotional and mental health issues and physical impairment, as well as those who are living with displacement or within areas of social deprivation. They use creativity to make memorable experiences that last well beyond childhood.