Artist Mark Neville has travelled the world photographing children at play in diverse environments, immersing himself in communities from Port Glasgow to North London, and the war zones of Afghanistan and Ukraine.
Despite the often harsh environments, the photographs reveal children’s determination to play. Bringing these together in an exhibition of photographs, a book and a symposium, Child's Play seeks to generate debate around this complex subject and advocate for improved provision for children’s play (which is recognised by the UN as a universal right). This exhibition is particularly timely – in the UK traditional public space is being privatised and globally up to 13 million children have been displaced as a result of armed conflict. The exhibition reinforces our responsibility to ensure that children the world over have full opportunity for play and recreation.The exhibition contains both existing and new work not seen by the public before. On display are new photographs of internally displaced children in Ukraine; residents of Kakuma, Kenya’s second largest refugee camp; and depictions of children at play in London adventure playgrounds, all made especially for this project.