Main Problem Addressed / Activity Sector:
Platforma engages with refugee and migrant experiences through the arts. It provides support and development for artists across every art form, including artists with migrant and refugee backgrounds, artists that work on those themes, refugee and migrant communities.
The main target are artists with migrant and refugee backgrounds, but mainly people who have experienced forced displacement in some way. Other targets are people who are working in the arts and people who work with migrant and refugee communities. Platforma meets its target through the network itself and through meetings, events, word of mouth and social media. But, since migrants and refugees are usually hard to find, Platforma works with both arts and non-arts organisations who are locally working with refugees.
Platforma provides free consultancy to artists and career development (finding funding, finding learning and peer-to-peer opportunities, developing connection with universities)..
The innovation lies in the way Platforma approaches to arts and culture. The most significant piece of work about the topic was written by the Arts Council and it is called “The Creative Case for Diversity”. Platforma’s team firmly believes that culture development comes from the margins: from migrants and refugees, from diversity in general.