Platform: 2022

In its 8th year, Platform: 2022 offered audiences an opportunity to experience the breadth and vitality of emerging contemporary art practice in Scotland. Selected artists for 2022 were – Saoirse Amira Anis, Emelia Kerr Beale, Lynsey MacKenzie and Jonny Walker. The exhibition took place at the French Institute, Edinburgh Art Festival’s HQ.

Platform: 2022 was selected by writer and researcher Seán Elder, artist Lucy Skaer, and Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Beth Bate.

Selected artists

In Saoirse Amira Anis’ video and textile installation, the artist considered her dual heritage by using materials and plants from Moroccan and Scottish cuisines to explore rituals of sharing, and the generosity of love provided by the hands in Holding Barzakh.

This work was co-commissioned by LUX Scotland.


Processing the complexities of illness, Emelia Kerr Beale explored the mythology surrounding an ancient oak tree through an installation of knitted garments, print work and video.

Engaging with the materiality and physicality of paintings as objects, Lynsey MacKenzie’s work explores ideas of time, repetition, and memory, through shifting planes of colour, gesture, and scale.


Through a series of cast lambs in varying states of partial collapse or erosion, Jonny Walker explores the multiplicity and temporality of the body.


Platform: 2022 was supported by the Place Programme, a partnership between Edinburgh Festivals, Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.  With additional support from the Cruden Foundation and the French Institute of Scotland. Opening event was supported by WOVEN and Bon Accord.