Play Well

Opens October 2019
  • Exhibition
A child straddles the top of a couch, her mouth wide open in a scream, embroidered wall hangings behind her.
Kristina, an hour after the shelling in Luhanske, Eastern Ukraine, 2, 2017, Mark Neville. © Mark Neville.

Why do we play? How important is it for all of us, young or old? What does it mean to play well?

Play Well will explore how play transforms both childhood and society. Using toys, games, artworks and design, this exhibition will investigate how we played as children and how we play now we’re grown up: developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing. By featuring video games, playing blocks, comic strips and images of people at play everywhere from playgrounds to refugee camps, as well as a newly commissioned play space by artist Adam James, we invite you to consider the impact of play in our lives.

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Opening on 24 October 2019

Free admission

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Gallery 1, level 0

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