Somerville Adventure Playground visit to Somerstown Adventure Playground as part of PLAYAWAY, August 2013 (Image: Abigail Gilchrist)
PLAYAWAY can now be viewed HERE.
PLAYAWAY is Delta Arts’ recent project with two adventure playgrounds in Portsmouth and South London. We invited filmmaker Hannah Blackmore and artist Abigail Gilchrist to work at Somerstown Adventure Playground on Portsmouth’s Somerstown estate and Somerville Adventure Playground in New Cross. They used a range of cameras, including miniature head-cams, to explore play with the children, and to find out how the two communities value their adventure playgrounds. We learnt about the issues they share and those specific to each context. We were particularly interested in the specific point of view of the children, using play and video to communicate.
The film was screened at both adventure playgrounds in late October and presented in a soapbox session at the 2013 engage International Conference in Birmingham on 7 November 2013. We are now looking for other venues to show the film, and are researching other ways to develop the project.
PLAYAWAY – Visit to Somerville Adventure Playground, July 2013 (Image: Abigail Gilchrist)
Tuesday 29 October, 3-5pm, at Somerstown Adventure Playground, Waterloo St, PORTSMOUTH PO5 4HS
Wednesday 30 October, 3-5pm, at Somerville Adventure Playground, Queens Rd, LONDON SE14
Join us for one of the premier screenings of PLAYAWAY: a film by Hannah Blackmore & Abigail Gilchrist, made with the help of children, staff, volunteers and families at two adventure playgrounds.
From June to September 2013 Delta Arts ran an exchange between two very different adventure playgrounds in Portsmouth and London. Hannah Blackmore and Abigail Gilchrist worked at Somerstown Adventure Playground on Portsmouth’s Somerstown estate, and Somerville Adventure Playground in New Cross.
Hannah and Abigail used a range of cameras, including miniature head-cams, to explore play with the children, and to find out how the communities value their adventure playgrounds. Delta Arts members Amy Lloyd and Oliver Sumner managed the project and supported the sessions, including coach visits between the two playgrounds.
A Delta Arts project supported by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
Using head-cams at Somerville Adventure Playground, Sep 2013 (Image: Hannah Blackmore)
Abigail Gilchrist and Hannah Blackmore are back at the Adventure Playgrounds after a short break from our PLAYAWAY project.
The head-cams are in high demand, and the children are enjoying experimenting with their movement around the playground while they are recording. When they are playing with each other the children sometimes forget about the camera, but it can sometimes be the thing that brings them together. The cameras are clearly becoming part of the children’s play, as well as a way of sharing how they play.
With only a few sessions left we are talking about our ideas for the edit of the film and are looking forward to the screenings at Somerstown Adventure Playground in Portsmouth (29 October 2013), and Somerville Adventure Playground in London (30 October 2013).