Artists are getting playful with some architectural ideas

Planning for Play, an exhibition by artists Tom and Simon Bloor at Site Gallery, Sheffield
Planning for Play, an exhibition by artists Tom and Simon Bloor at Site Gallery, Sheffield
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Planning for Play, Site 
Gallery, Sheffield

Artists and twin brothers Simon and Tom Bloor will produce a series of new sculptures based on their research into children’s play spaces and the post-war urban landscape.

Over the course of four weeks they will transform the Brown Street gallery into an open studio, exhibition space and play area.

The artists will publicly create designs for new play sculptures in one of the gallery spaces.

Visitors are invited to watch them work up ideas and make wall drawings, as well as experiment with materials they’ve never used before or materials they are using in a new way.

The accompanying gallery will be an exhibition and play area with visitors encouraged to play with some of the elements created by the artists.

The designs produced during Planning for Play are inspired by the work of key post-war architects who helped legitimise the involvement of architects in play.

This includes Dutch designer Aldo van Eyck’s turning bars and climbing igloos, American architect Richard Dattner’s playcubes and modular units and the work of Lady Allen Hurtwood.

Her 1968 book, Planning for Play, is referred to in the exhibition’s title.

Simon and Tom Bloor aim to explore art making as a playful process and play as a creative process.

Born in Birmingham in 1973, their works and projects focus on our often ambivalent relationship to the structures in public spaces.

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5.30pm, and the exhibition runs from tomorrow until September 20.