Platform residency - Week 1

Our Aspire group exhibition is currently on show at Platform, and to coincide with it, one of our artists has been awarded a month long residency where he will complete a large scale painting on the Platform viewing wall. Jonathan McKinstry will be in Platform every Tuesday for four weeks, and will update us on his progress every week.

"I spent my first day at Platform finding out about all the different things that take place here, walking through the spaces and chatting through ideas. I started to work up sketches and thumbnails, whilst thinking about the possibilities.

The theme of the final artwork will be ‘Passion’ and we discussed some of the things I’m passionate about, such as painting, comics and the environment. I also wanted to include something that would mean something to people in Easterhouse.

The first person that sprang to mind was local Easterhouse celebrity Tiger Tim and how as a child I imagined he was a tiger. I then started thinking about other people who are passionate about what they do and it seemed obvious that I would incorporate the famous and most passionate wrestler Ultimate Warrior.

It was great to meet and compare notes with fellow artist in residence Chad McCail and amazing to discover that there are many similarities in some of the imagery we are thinking of using for our final residency artworks!"

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