The Playground Project

The Playground Project – The Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tynein cooperation with contemporary art exhibition center Kunsthalle in Zürich

This exhibition I visited was a celebration of play and spaces for play. I really wanted to see this show because I am intrigued by the power of play. I regularly try to incorporate some form of play or fun into my work as I believe there is a power in play that draws people together.

– Quote from the exhibition ‘Playbook’:

BALTIC believes play to be important. And we’re not alone. In 1989 The United Nations of officially approved the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; a benchmark against which a nation’s treatment of its children is measured.

Article 31 states that:

“Every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities…and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”

I believe play is fundamental to human development from a young age and is just as important for adults. It was an interesting walk through a history of playgrounds created by artists, architects and creatives.

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