Platform is a collaborative research project that explores artist-led spaces in some key African cities and reflects upon their broader relationship to the urban fabric. Kim Gurney, a Research Associate with ACC, is the lead researcher. The key fieldwork is taking place during 2018 and the research outcomes in 2019, which include narrative and curatorial interventions. The research has two main objectives in mind: to find out about sustainable working models and the kinds of artistic forms such platforms facilitate, and the relationship of both to their host cities. The underlying idea is that artist-led spaces are innovating ways of working, and related artistic practices, that correspond in their particular forms and emphases to material realities and everyday life in the continent. This has resonance for other spaces and places of flux. Moreover, the research occurs amid heightened interest in contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora and will speak back to such notions from a grounded and localised perspective.