At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

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At Play 2012, curated by Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes, consisted of three exhibitions exploring ideas about play, focussing on the way that play can be free and spontaneous or bound by rules and conventions, and the spirit of the Olympics in the year that the summer Olympics came to Britain. It also supported artists in making interactive and engaging work, and provided opportunities for artists' professional development through curatorial support, critique, research, conversations, talks and discussions, and workshops. At Play 2012 was produced by Dr Outi Remes.

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At Play 2012 at South Hill Park Arts Centre
At Play 2012 at OVADA

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At Play 2012 at OVADA

Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin Plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Kirsty E Smith
Angie (2009)
Mixed media sculpture

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Cally Trench
Vegetable Thieves (2010)
MDF, acrylic paint, paper and fimo, board size 61 x 61 cm

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery was an exhibition that invited visitors to participate in the work, to engage physically, emotionally and intellectually, and to touch, play and explore. It included games, drawings, artists' books, and sculptures. The exhibition ran from 8 June to 21 July 2012. The artists in At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery exhibition were Linda Francis, Flora Gare, Este MacLeod, Kirsty E Smith, Cally Trench, and eight artists from the artists' book collective AM Bruno (Sophie Loss, Ingrid Jensen, Marco Cali, John McDowall, Jane Grisewood, Steve Perfect, Cally Trench and Claire Deniau). The curators would particularly like to thank Laura James, then Intern at the New Ashgate Gallery.

On 25 June 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery, Dr Outi Remes presented an academic research paper co-authored by herself and Cally Trench, At Play: Curatorial Notes about Playfulness, which they had previously presented at the Association of Art Historians annual conference on 30 March 2012 in 'Museum & Exhibitions Session: Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters'. Jane Tadrist led a Crafts At Play workshop with children and lone parents at Sandy Hill Bungalow, Hale, Farnham on 7 June 2012, and the resulting 'medals' were exhibited at the New Ashgate Gallery. Gemma Cumming led Family Activity Box sessions, assisted by Flora Gare, on 23 June 2012 for children and their carers. On 25 June 2012, Kirsty E Smith and Este MacLeod gave talks about their work. A Board Games Event with Cally Trench, assisted by Philip Lee, took place on 9 July 2012.

Watch a short film by Jonathan Roe about At Play 2012 on YouTube At Play 2012 or on Cally Trench's vimeo page At Play 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

At Play 2012
Private view on 15 June 2012
at the New Ashgate Gallery

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin Plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin Plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Medals from Crafts at Play with Jane Tadrist
made by 37 children and parents
from Opportunities Project in Hale, Farnham

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Flora Gare
Castles in the Air (2010-2012)
Resin and film

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Flora Gare
Cultures and Pears (2010-2012)
Resin, acrylic, various objects

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Kirsty E Smith
Cyril (2009)
mixed media sculpture

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Kirsty E Smith
Fin (2010)
mixed media sculpture

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Kirsty E Smith, Madeleine (2008), mixed media sculpture
Este MacLeod, Life Stories (2012), mixed media

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Este MacLeod
Life Stories (2012)
Mixed media

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Este MacLeod
Life Stories (2012)
Mixed media

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Cally Trench
Vegetable Thieves (2010)
MDF, acrylic paint, paper and fimo, board size 61 x 61 cm

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Jane Grisewood, A Fold in Time (2012), one-fold book
Ingrid Jensen, Diary (2011-2012), one-fold book


At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Marco Cali, Romantic Novel , one-fold book
Steve Perfect, Walk (2012), one-fold book
Sophie Loss, Off (2012), one-fold book

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

John McDowall, Reflects (2012), one-fold books
Claire Deniau, Open and look at the left hand page (2010)
in three colours, one-fold book

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Sophie Loss, Nut and Fly (both 2012), one-fold books
Cally Trench, Start and end paper (2012), one-fold book


At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Kirsty E Smith ,Boris (2008), mixed media sculpture
Cally Trench, Vegetable Thieves (2010)
and Danger Money, (2009) (original drawings),
both ink on paper, 55 x 57 cm

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Dr Outi Remes presents At Play: Curatorial Notes about Playfulness
by Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes, academic research paper
New Ashgate Gallery, 25 June 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Kirsty E Smith presents a talk about her work
New Ashgate Gallery, 25 June 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Researching Playfulness
Talks and discussion at the New Ashgate Gallery, 25 June 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Este MacLeod presents a talk about her work
New Ashgate Gallery, 25 June 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Board Games with Cally Trench
New Ashgate Gallery
9 July 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Board Games with Cally Trench
New Ashgate Gallery
9 July 2012

At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

Board Games with Cally Trench
New Ashgate Gallery
9 July 2012

All photographs by Cally Trench.

At Play 2012 was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It was also supported by Farnham Town Council, and the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York. Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes would like to thank all the artists; Kate Ratcliffe, Visual Arts Coordinator at South Hill Park; Lucy Phillips, Arts Coordinator at OVADA; and Laura James, then Intern at the New Ashgate Gallery. The curators would also like to thank Chantal Addley; Gemma Cumming; Jane Glennie; Diana Healey; Ingrid Jensen; Carol McFarlane; Roger Prynn; Jonathan Roe, Robert Harvey at B & H Motors, Dagnall; Donnington Doorstep; University of Westminster; and Sandy Hill Bungalow.

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