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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 OVADA
Rebecca Glover
Untitled (2012)
Paper, glue, gesso
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Philip Lee
Oxford Slip
Performance 29 June 2012
The artists in the At Play 2012 at OVADA exhibition were Leszek Blyszczynski, James R Ford, Linda Francis, Flora Gare, Rebecca Glover, Nick Kennedy, Philip Lee, Dan Lovelace, Sousan Luqman, Nyeema Morgan, Martina O'Shea, Katherina Radeva, Ann Rapstoff, Guy Tarrant, Cally Trench, and Mary Yacoob. The curators would particularly like to thank Lucy Phillips, Arts Coordinator at OVADA. At OVADA, there was a critique session open to artists and the public on 29 June 2012. Gemma Cumming led Family Interactive Box sessions with families, assisted by Linda Francis, on 14 July 2012. Guy Tarrant led a workshop for young people at Donnington Doorstep on 26 July 2012.
At Play 2012 at OVADA 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 live performances by Dan Lovelace, Ann Rapstoff and Philip Lee, a site-specific floor piece by Mary Yacoob, a new sculptural installation by Rebecca Glover, as well as games, puzzles, drawings, videos, sculptures, and collections of objects.
A short film by Jonathan Roe about At Play 2012 on YouTube At Play 2012 or Vimeo At Play 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Private view at OVADA
29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA
Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Rebecca Glover,Untitled (2012), paper, glue, gesso
Cally Trench,Shopping Spree (2011), board size 61 x 71 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA
Leszek Blyszczynski
Personal Puzzles (2011)
Plastic, 244 x 164 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Private view at OVADA
29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA
Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Guy Tarrant
Confiscation Cabinets (2010-11) and
Dead Roof Balls (2010), 20 found balls
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Guy Tarrant
Dead Roof Balls (2010)
20 found balls
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Nyeema Morgan
Equitable Distributions (a.k.a.:E.D.:W, G & E) (2009)
Approx 213 x 170 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Sousan Luqman
Sensory Deprivation; Article 7; Hostilities; Family Man (all 2008)
Photocopies, each 84 x 119 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA
Sousan Luqman
Sensory Deprivation; Article 7; Hostilities; Family Man (all 2008)
A4 Photocopies

At Play 2012 at OVADA
Ann Rapstoff
Margins of Play (2012)
Performance on 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Ann Rapstoff
Margins of Play (2012)
Performance on 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Flora Gare
Castles in the Air (2010-12)
Resin, film, fibre optic cable
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Leszek Blyszczynski
Personal Puzzles (2011)
Plastic, 244 x 164 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Nyeema Morgan,Equitable Distributions
(a.k.a.:E.D.:W, G & E)
(2009);Gamescape
(2007), mixed paper media, board games,
matte board and inkjet print, 33 x 46 x 46 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
James R Ford,
Blue scribble filling a white triangle; Red scribble filling a
white square
; Green scribble filling a white circle (all 2009)
Biro on paper, each 59.4 x 42 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
James R Ford,
Blue scribble filling a white triangle; Red scribble filling a
white square
; Green scribble filling a white circle (all 2009)
Biro on paper, each 59.4 x 42 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Katherina Radeva, Kitty has no pity - the art of not giving up
(2009-11), video, 30 minutes, and hula hoops
Martina O'Shea,Connect (2012), video, 2 minute
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Martina O'Shea
Connect (2012)
Video, 2 minutes
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss (2007)
Video, 7 minutes 46 seconds
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss
Performance on 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss
Performance on 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss
Performance on 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Philip Lee and Cally Trench
Exercise Slip (2012)
Timelapse film
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Cally Trench
Shopping Spree (2011)
MDF, acrylic paint, fimo and paper, board size 61 x 71 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Cally Trench
Shopping Spree (2011)
MDF, acrylic paint, fimo and paper, board size 61 x 71 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Rebecca Glover,Untitled (2012), paper, glue, gesso
Cally Trench,Shopping Spree (2011), board size 61 x 71 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA
Rebecca Glover
Untitled (2012)
Paper, glue, gesso
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Rebecca Glover
Untitled (2012)
Paper, glue, gesso
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Philip Lee
Oxford Slip
Performance 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Philip Lee
Oxford Slip
Performance 29 June 2012
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Sousan Luqman
Hostilities; Family Man (all 2008)
Photocopies, each 84 x 119 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Nick Kennedy
Spinning Top Drawing (Fail#1) (2009)
Graphite and ink on paper, 28.5 x 38.5 4 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Nick Kennedy
Dice Drawing No.3 (50 in 3698) (2009)
Graphite and ink on paper, 28.5 x 38.5 4 cm
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Flora Gare
Castles in the Air (2010-12)
Resin, film, fibre optic cable, dimensions variable
At Play 2012 at OVADA
Guy Tarrant
Confiscation cabinets (2010-11)
Each 120 x 80 x 4 cm
All photographs by Cally Trench unless credited otherwise.
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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