At Play

18 Apr 2009 – 21 Jun 2009

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Free Admission

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At Play in the Bracknell Gallery and Tall Hall explores ideas about play: making magic and being transformed, passing the time, messing about and making a mess, being yourself and pretending to be someone else, having secrets, making dens, belonging to gangs, creating rules and rituals, taking dares and chances, making and exploring small worlds. The exhibition re-creates in both adults and children a sense of what it is like to be a child at play. It encourages the viewer to gaze, to remember, to touch, to explore, to trust, to think, to laugh, to peer, to concentrate, to join in, to bend down, to take a chance … and to play. At Play 1 features work by Marco Cali, Marcin Gajewski, Rosie Gibson, Judy Goldhill & Sophie Loss, Susan Eyre, Cathy Hart & Esther Jervis, Aaron Head, Pernille Holm-Mercer, Ingrid Jensen, Philip Lee, Siobhan McAuley, Samantha Mogelonsky, Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich, Kay Sentance, Liz Whiteman Smith, John Tenniel and Cally Trench. At Play 2 returns on 17 April — 20 June 2010 for a mansion-wide exhibition. At Play 1 and 2 have been co-curated with Cally Trench. The At Play season includes the following live art events: Philip Lee explores extreme forms of child's play and pleasure in doing something that an adult is not supposed to do. Lee's Sitting Slip is performed on 17 April 2009 during the opening reception, 6.00pm — 7.30pm. Lee's performance is followed by Dead Radio, a performance by Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich on 17 April 2009 during the opening reception, 7.30pm — 8.30pm. The audience is invited to twiddle the artist's knobs making him physically switch from station to station — signing, reading news, quoting popular radio shows — all from the Soviet Union era. Also, don't miss Sandcastles by Kay Sentance in the Bracknell town centre and the arts centre during the exhibition and opening day. Sandcastles, far from a beach, aims to provide playful reminders and surprising chance encounters between the sandcastles and the public. Mansion Space Galleries: Monday to Saturday 9am - 11pm Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am - 10.30pm Bracknell Gallery opening times: Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm Thursday to Saturday 1.00pm - 9.30pm Sunday 1pm-5pm


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