THINK.PLAY.DO. at The Tetley: 16 July – 27 September 2015

Matthew Houlding: A state of play, 2015. Photograph: Julian Lister
Matthew Houlding: A state of play, 2015. Photograph: Julian Lister

The Tetley, Leeds: 16 July – 27 September 2015

THINK.PLAY.DO.
Simon and Tom Bloor
Conway and Young
Natalie Finnemore
Matthew Houlding
Nils Norman
Studio Polpo

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.

Nils Norman: Neutral Playground, 2015. Photograph: Julian Lister
Nils Norman: Neutral Playground, 2015. Photograph: Julian Lister

Events

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
#FirstThursdayLeeds

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.

Symplaysium
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.

Studio Polpo: Is there a playground out there?, 2015. Photograph: Julian Lister
Studio Polpo: Is there a playground out there?, 2015. Photograph: Julian Lister

About The Artists

Studio Polpo
Studio Polpo are a Sheffield-based architecture practice.
w: studiopolpo.com

Conway And Young
Conway and Young have collaborated as designers and lecturers since 2006.
w: conwayandyoung.com

Simon and Tom Bloor
Simon and Tom Bloor are artists with a collaborative practice based in Birmingham.
w: simonandtombloor.com

Nils Norman
Nils Norman is an artist based in London.
w: dismalgarden.com

Natalie Finnemore
Natalie Finnemore is an artist based in Sheffield.
w: nataliefinnemore.co.uk

Matthew Houlding
Matthew Houlding is an artist based in Todmorden.
w: matthewhoulding.co.uk

Join in the conversation on Social Media using: #ThinkPlayDo and #SummerOfPlay
Instagram: @TheTetley
Twitter: @The_Tetley
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Supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, Arts Council England and Leeds City Council

 

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