To mark the launch of every issue of Crafts, we host an online talk to bring to life some of the themes of the magazine and to introduce you to the leading artists, makers and thinkers we feature. Subscribers get free, priority access to six talks a year. You can watch a selection of past talks on the Crafts Council's YouTube channel.
Space for play: how can makers bring joy back to our cities?
13 July, 5.30pm
As we come back together in the public realm, we need places that spark our imagination more than ever, while encouraging interaction, enjoyment and togetherness. In this talk – which will mark the launch of Crafts’ Place issue (July/August 2021) and is free to subscribers – we look at the role of design, making and materials in creating playful spaces for us to congregate.
Our speakers will include Giles Smith, a founding member of Assemble, and playworker Penny Wilson, who are together masterminding Assemble Play, the architecture collective’s new branch. They will be joined by New York-based sculptor and maker Risa Puno, whose interactive installations use play to encourage people to connect with each other, and Hadrian Garrard, co-director of Create London, which commissions art and architecture for the public realm, including a series of playgrounds for the Becontree Estate. The talk will be chaired by Debika Ray, contributing editor to Crafts.
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This Zoom event will feature automatic live closed-captioning.