Making Play 2008-2011

Making play

Making play

Sceaux Gardens Jess Thom

Sceaux Gardens Jess Thom

Jess Thom, Play Station, 2008. Photo: Jess Thom



Something Out of Nothing, April 2008. Photo: Richard Eaton

Making Play: adventures in creative play through contemporary art


Making Play has been an important part of the growth of the SLG’s education work in recent years, enabling the gallery to develop a long-term programme of involving local children and families in contemporary art. Funded by the Big Lottery's Playful Ideas fund, Making Play is inspired by the possibilities of bringing together children’s play and contemporary art practice.

The project focuses on children from three key groups: those living on Sceaux Gardens estate behind the gallery; regulars at Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground and children looked after by Southwark Social Services. It is delivered through their collaboration with artists, curators, gallery educators, social workers, play workers, parents and carers and revolves around six artists taking up residency in a former shop unit on Sceaux Gardens Estate over a three year period. Each artist in residence runs practical workshops for children every Saturday afternoon and runs a large-scale participatory event at the end of their residency.

1 October 2010 - 30 April 2011

Matthew Shaw
1 April 2010 - 1 September 2010

Orly Orbach
1 September 2009 - 1 April 2010

Janette Parris
1 April - 1 September 2009

Jess Thom
1 September 2008 - 1 April 2009

Andrea Mason
1 April - 1 September 2008


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