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Play, Galleries and Family Learning Alison Cox, Hattie Coppard, Reem Charif

15 Apr 2010

A discussion organised by engage exploring Family Learning and the influence of play outside the gallery.

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Time

    6.30pm - 8.30pm

  • Admission


  • Artists

    Reem Charif

How can play outside the gallery influence resources and activities for children and families in galleries and museums?

This free evening event at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library is sparked by the new engage journal, engage 25: Family Learning. The theme will be explored through presentations and discussion with an artist, an architect, a gallery programmer and the audience.

Chair: Alison Cox is Head of Programming at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, working across exhibitions, collections, and learning. Alison has extensive experience of family programming at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and in galleries in the West Midlands. She will introduce the session, drawing on her experience of working on children’s and family resources and spaces in different types of galleries, working with artists, and often using low tech, low budget solutions.

Hattie Coppard is an artist and Director of Snug & Outdoor, a small company of artists who design bespoke play environments for local authorities, development agencies, housing schemes and schools. She has developed children’s play areas in the public realm and for Eureka, Halifax and the Chicago Children’s Museum. Hattie will discuss her experience of designing play areas outside and inside institutions, and how play is finding its way into museums and galleries.

Reem Charif is an architect with Febrik, who has researched children’s play in East London and in refugee camps in the Middle East. Reem will talk about her research into children’s patterns of spontaneous play, space shared by children and adults, the role of play in learning, and possibilities for family play in galleries.

To book a free place email bookings@rivingtonplace.org or call 020 7749 1240, early booking is recommended due to limited capacity.