Platform: 2021

Institut français d'Ecosse

Presented by Edinburgh Art Festival

Platform is our dedicated showcase for artists in the early stages of their careers, each year introducing audiences to a new generation of contemporary artists based in Scotland.  Our 2021 edition has been selected from an open call by writer and producer Mason Leaver-Yap and artist Ciara Phillips working with festival director Sorcha Carey.

Jessica Higgins, Danny Pagarani, Kirsty Russell and Isabella Widger will present new work as part of a group exhibition held at the Institut français d’Ecosse. Encompassing a broad range of media and approaches, the selected projects share a collective interest in the ways in which infrastructures of knowledge are constructed and disseminated.

Kirsty Russell’s textile based sculptural works explore how ideas of support and care can manifest in objects and materials. Danny Pagarani’s new work starts from a fixation with Krio-English homophones—words that sound the same but have different meanings—and through a process of reading and consuming arrives at the thing itself: the father’s strange tongue. Isabella Widger’s installation draws on Gustave Flaubert’s story of a maid in service to consider conditions of labour in the 19th and 21st century. Jessica Higgins presents the story of a debt advice helpline worker, which takes the form of a drama lodged in an infected ear.

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, the Idlewild Trust, the William Syson Foundation and Institut français d’Ecosse.

Artist Video Videography by: Rachel McBrinn; Interview by: Jim Cowan.

Platform: 2021


Jessica Higgins, Danny Pagarani, Kirsty Russell and Isabella Widger


Institut français d'Ecosse

West Parliament Sq, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

0131 226 6558

Opening times

29 July – 29 August


10am – 5pm

Visitor information

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Free, advance booking advised, drop-ins welcome (subject to capacity).

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Festival Commissions Programme

This year we are proud to collaborate with a range of partners to support and present a programme of new commissions and UK premieres by artists working in Scotland, UK and internationally.

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Institut français d'Ecosse

West Parliament Sq, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

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