The Tetley, Leeds: 16 July – 27 September 2015
Simon and Tom Bloor
Conway and Young
This exhibition launches our ambition to commission a play sculpture for Brewery Green. In the form of plans, sketches, maquettes and prototypes, the artists’ proposals will help us ask the question ‘What if…?’ Working with a contemporary artist or artists’ group, The Tetley aims to commission the play sculpture as a contribution to the development of new public realm in the emerging ‘South Bank Leeds’, one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.
The project has emerged in response to a lack of play facilities within Leeds’ city centre. Here we present the first step on this journey: blue-sky thinking from a range of artists interested in the public realm, sculpture, and intergenerational play.
The artists were invited to ‘start at the beginning’ and not to be constrained at this stage by real-world practicalities. Some of the projects will develop during the exhibition through a range of workshops and events devised by the artists. After the exhibition, some of the ideas will be taken to a design development stage in tandem with fundraising for the commission.
A micro-site www.thinkplaydo.org will document the project during and after the exhibition, with posts by the artists and curators, alongside news on events and how to get involved.
The exhibition also includes contributions from our Art Smart Superstars after school club members. The new Lab Space will give visitors the chance to join in with Dawn Todd’s interactive Laikin’ Place project to share your ideas too.
Studio Polpo: An Invitation to Explore
Saturday 1 August 2015, 11am-2pm / 1-3pm
Free, all welcome
Explore the city with artists Studio Polpo. Use the Sofa and TV to playfully explore the surrounding areas of The Tetley in a new way.
First Thursday: Celebrating Play
Thursday 6 August 2015, 5-9pm
Join us for series of events on the first Thursday of every month across summer complementing our exhibitions. Join us in August to celebrate play for play’s sake through games, activities and discussion. Free, all welcome
Family Art Workshops
Every Saturday in August 2015, 11am-3pm
Led by artists and picking up on themes within our exhibition programme, join in some hands-on creativity. Open to all, although recommended for children 5-11years, Free.
Saturday 26 September, 11am-4pm
Join us for, a one-day symposium on play, creativity and public space and the launch of our Think.Play.Do. publication. With contributions from speakers including Lesley Godfrey, Nils Norman and Charles Quick.
About The Artists
Studio Polpo are a Sheffield-based architecture practice.
Conway And Young
Conway and Young have collaborated as designers and lecturers since 2006.
Simon and Tom Bloor
Simon and Tom Bloor are artists with a collaborative practice based in Birmingham.
Nils Norman is an artist based in London.
Natalie Finnemore is an artist based in Sheffield.
Matthew Houlding is an artist based in Todmorden.
Supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, Arts Council England and Leeds City Council