New Platform Art

In 2020 New Platform Art commissioned Bricks to research the viability of rolling out their programme to South West England as part of a national piece of organisational development they were doing via funding from Arts Council England.

New Platform Art is an arts organisation which provides a scalable model for businesses to build their own arts programme and support emerging artists.

On one level it is a corporate art prize and office art scheme for the corporate, and on another it operates as a professional development programme, income generation and peer network for the artists.

New Platform Art work with the corporate to set up an Arts Group. The Arts Group work with a local curator (such as Bricks) to select work from local degree shows which are then rented from the artists for the next 12 months.

Our research project assessed viability of a roll out to the South West with a particular focus on Bristol, Bath, Southampton and Plymouth.

We also explored how the benefits of the programme could reach non-graduates, including artists emerging from informal education programmes and in self-directed practice.

We connected with educational institutions, artist development projects and corporates that might want to be involved.  

Visual Arts South West took the role of critical friend to the research.