As a participatory exhibition, At Play 2012 encourages viewers to gaze, remember, touch, explore, trust, think, laugh, peer, concentrate, join in, bend down, take a chance... and play. It explores the way that play can be free and spontaneous or bound by rules and conventions – as with board games and sport. The exhibition considers ideas about rules or the lack of them, and the spirit of the Olympics in the year that the summer Olympics come to Britain. At Play 2012 also supports artists in making participatory, engaging and interactive work in a variety of art forms.
At Play 2012 is a project in partnership with the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham; South Hill Park, Bracknell; and OVADA, Oxford, exploring concepts of play and participation. At Play 2012 is a collaboration, produced and curated by Dr Outi Remes and Cally Trench.
At Play 2012 is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is also supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, and by Farnham Town Council. We would also like to thank Gemma Cumming; Diana Healey; Laura James; Ingrid Jensen; Carol McFarlane; Lucy Phillips; Roger Prynn; Kate Ratcliffe; Jonathan Roe; Robert Harvey at B&H Autos, Dagnall; University of Westminster; and Sandy Hill Bungalow.
Artists featured in At Play 2012: AM Bruno, Leszek Blyszczynski, Andi Chapple, James R Ford, Linda Francis, Flora Gare, Rebecca Glover, Nick Kennedy, Philip Lee, Dan Lovelace, Sousan Luqman, Este MacLeod, Nyeema Morgan, Martina O’Shea, Katherina Radeva, Ann Rapstoff, Kirsty E Smith, Guy Tarrant, Cally Trench, Kim Walker, and Mary Yacoob.