From giant scribbles to sensory zones, museums, galleries and heritage sites are gearing up for a summer of fun to improve the well-being of children and youth after a traumatic year.
Many institutions are preparing to participate in the UK-wide Summer of Play campaign led by children’s charities, including Play England, Chwarae Cymru (Play Wales), Play Scotland and Save the Children.
The highlight of the campaign will be the annual Play Day – which will take place on Wednesday August 4 of this year – which celebrates the right of children to play without restriction. Playday 2021 aims to recognize the challenges that children and young people have faced over the past year and “the need to take advantage of the time to play without restrictions, with their friends, while having fun”.
The Royal Museums of Greenwich in London and the Coventry Transport Museum are among the institutions that organize workshops and activities for families in connection with the Summer of Play campaign.
Play Wales invites Museums of Wales to participate in a free online training and information session from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on July 19 showcase the campaigns and provide advice on how to encourage and stimulate gambling on their sites. The session will provide ideas on easy, safe and secure ways by Covid to encourage gambling. Email [email protected] to register.
In Scotland, where summer vacation began at the end of June, the heritage district of Dunfermline is participating in the Summer of Play initiative through its Summer Safari, which invites children to hunt down wildlife at several of the city’s museums and heritage sites. and register it in their HQ. Passages.
Meanwhile, those under 16 are welcome at all Historic Environment Scotland (HES) locations free of charge as part of the Get Into Summer program, which runs until August 17.
The program is part of a £ 20million government initiative to create opportunities for young people to socialize, play and reconnect throughout the summer. In addition, HES provides additional support for families during the summer holidays, distributing thousands of free Play with the Past activity packs to encourage imaginative play inspired by Scottish castles.
“Historic sites are fantastic places to inspire creativity, unleash the imagination of young people, and allow children, their parents and caregivers to play and learn together,” says Craig Fletcher, Head of learning and inclusion of HES.
National Galleries Scotland is also distributing art kits to charities and families with access to food banks this summer. Each Art Fuel pack includes a free day bus ticket for the whole family to come and enjoy their new outdoor play area. He continues to engage digitally with children through Your Art World, a virtual community that challenges young people aged three to 18 to create and share their art online.
Other institutions include the game in their summer exhibition programs. Whitchurch Silk Mill creates a Sensory Play Zone, Color, Light, Play, aimed at helping preschoolers regain the ability to play with others some lost during lockdown. Le Moulin has also broadened its outdoor offer for children, with more possibilities to discover its gardens, a new aquatic playground, alongside its grass labyrinth, the fairy trail and a nature hunt.
As schools in England get ready for summer next week, London’s Tate Modern is gearing up to launch Uniqlo Tate Play, its new free arts program for families, which will run year-round.
The first highlight of the program will be Mega Please Draw Freely, a project by contemporary artist Ei Arakawa aimed at transforming the floor of the gallery’s Turbine Hall into a giant work of art. Between July 24 and August 29, visitors of all ages will be invited to cover the floor with their scribbles using crayons and drawing materials provided free of charge – inspired by the group of Japanese artists Gutai whose work in the 1950s was all about public participation and children’s play. .
“The Gutai Group viewed children’s creativity as a central element of art,” says Frances Morris, director of Tate Modern. “They put playfulness, self-expression and collaboration at the heart of their work – ideas that continue to inspire new generations of artists like Ei Arakawa today. This spectacular project will be the perfect way to launch Uniqlo Tate Play, a new series of regular activations, installations and experiences that will transform Tate Modern for families of all ages.