The Platform

What is the Platform?

The AltPitch Platform is a space for talks, debates, workshops and networking for artists, entrepreneurs, businesses and everyone who consider themselves creative. It acts as a mediator between creative and business communities, providing a productive environment for the ideas and initiatives to be presented and tested, and for the collaborations to be formed.

In 2021 the AltPitch Platform looked into how the artists in the South East adapted to the lockdown using digital technology and what are their chances to monetise their work in the present conditions.

The Platform 2021 -
our contributors

Our contributors this year include very different South East-based artists, academics and businessmen, who used digital technology for their adaptation to the conditions of the lockdown. At the AltPitch Platform event, we are asking how they succeded in that and whether they managed to generate any income from their adaptation.

Polina Shepherd

Performer, Educator, Composer, Choir Leader

Starting from the first lockdown, Polina has run over 100 online sessions for her community choirs.

Artist & Filmmaker, Curator, Autism Hampshire Development Officer

During the lockdown Deborah has curated a number of online exhibitions for Autism Hampshire. 

Deborah Goatley-Birch
Liz Gilmore

Hastings Contemporary Gallery Director

Hastings Contemporary has undergone a serious transformation in funding structure just before the lockdown. How did the gallery manage to survive the lockdown closure?

Artist & Curator, AltPitch Festival Curator

As the trustee for Hastings Contemporary, Esther facilitate the introduction of the “exhibition robot” the gallery brought in to adapt to the conditions of the lockdown.

Esther Fox at the AltPitch Festival
Paul Sermon

University of Brighton, Telepresence Stage Project

As a result of his work, Professor Paul Sermon received a substantial funding grant to explore the ways performing artists can use technology to communicate and to create together when they cannot see each other in person.

MD of the global experience agency Identity

Michael’s company introduced innovative digital events to their corporate clients as their business adaptation to the lockdown. What arts and businesses can learn from each other?

Michael Gietzen

Presented by Artist Digital Director and AltPitch Festival Producer Anastasia Witts.

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Adapting to the lockdown - with Deborah Goatley-Birch

AltPitch Festival producer Anastasia Witts meets Deborah Goatley-Birch, a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist from Southampton, to find out more about her adaptation to the lockdown using digital technology.

During the lockdown Deborah has curated a number of online exhibitions for Autism Hampshire.

Adapting to the lockdown - with Paul Sermon

AltPitch Festival producer Anastasia Witts meets Paul Sermon, Professor of Visual Communication from the University of Brighton, to find out more about “the third space” and Telematic Quarantine.

As a result of his work, Paul received a substantial funding grant to explore the ways performing artists can use technology to communicate and to create together when they cannot see each other in person. 

Adapting to the lockdown - with Esther Fox

AltPitch Festival producer Anastasia Witts meets Esther Fox, Hastings Contemporary gallery curator, to talk about an innovative “exhibition robot” the gallery brought in to adapt to the conditions of the lockdown.