Playing at Creating Reality

  • Seminar
Portrait of Robert Adès in the library at Wellcome Collection.
Portrait of Robert Adès, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

What you’ll do

This talk will explore the relationship between playing and health through the paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott’s compelling accounts of the origins of creativity in a baby’s first experiences.

During his illustrious career Winnicott worked with an estimated 60,000 mother-infant couples. He was the creator of the squiggle game, a therapeutic exchange in which the doctor and child take it in turns to modify a squiggle drawing. Winnicott’s theories of child development have become established across the world.

After the talk, you’ll have the opportunity to look at some key documents from the archives and ask questions.

About your speaker

Photograph of Robert Ades

Robert Ades

Robert Ades is Assistant Editor of ‘The Collected Works of D W Winnicott’ and the Editor of its final volume.


Just turn up

Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

Limited spaces available

Spaces are first come, first served and may run out if we are busy so you may wish to arrive early. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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