Collective Edinburgh: Loose Parts Play; Not Going Back to Normal

Collective Edinburgh: Untitled (ALY07806)
Collective Edinburgh: Untitled (ALY07806)

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Edinburgh’s Collective has launched number of initiatives while it is closed for the current lockdown.

It is inviting children and their families to a series of weekly Loose Parts play activities. Coined by architect Simon Nicholson in 1971, the term ‘loose parts play’ describes materials which can be moved, carried, manipulated, combined, lined up, stacked, knocked over, taken apart and put back together in multiple ways – free, open-ended, child-led play which builds confidence, supports creativity and encourages innovation and problem solving. It is posting ‘Play Prompts‘ every Friday on its social media channels.

Exploring new ways of working, the gallery has announced a radical new manifesto, by and for disabled artists working in Scotland, with the working title Not Going Back to Normalbringing together contributions of art and ideas which show what the arts in Scotland could and should be like for disabled artists in the post-pandemic era. To build the manifesto, which will be produced both online and in print, artists are being asked to consider questions such as ‘What would art be like if it was always centred on disabled people?’, ‘How is art in Scotland set up to exclude disabled people?’ and ‘Can art ever include disabled people in a society that excludes us’? Contributions are invited until 30 June via the Not Going Back to Normal website.

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38 Calton Hill

Image: Collective Edinburgh – Untitled

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