At Play 2012 AT OVADA, Oxford

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At Play 2012, curated by Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes, consisted of three exhibitions exploring ideas about play, focussing on the way that play can be free and spontaneous or bound by rules and conventions, and the spirit of the Olympics in the year that the summer Olympics came to Britain. It also supported artists in making interactive and engaging work, and provided opportunities for artists' professional development through curatorial support, critique, research, conversations, talks and discussions, and workshops. At Play 2012 was produced by Dr Outi Remes.

Photographs and information on this website about:

At Play 2012 at South Hill Park Arts Centre
At Play 2012 at the New Ashgate Gallery

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At Play 2012 at OVADA

Rebecca Glover
Untitled (2012)
Paper, glue, gesso

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Philip Lee
Oxford Sponge
Performance 29 June 2012

The artists in the At Play 2012 at OVADA exhibition were Leszek Blyszczynski, James R Ford, Linda Francis, Flora Gare, Rebecca Glover, Nick Kennedy, Philip Lee, Dan Lovelace, Sousan Luqman, Nyeema Morgan, Martina O'Shea, Katherina Radeva, Ann Rapstoff, Guy Tarrant, Cally Trench, and Mary Yacoob. The curators would particularly like to thank Lucy Phillips, Arts Coordinator at OVADA. At OVADA, there was a critique session open to artists and the public on 29 June 2012. Gemma Cumming led Family Interactive Box sessions with families, assisted by Linda Francis, on 14 July 2012. Guy Tarrant led a workshop for young people at Donnington Doorstep on 26 July 2012.

At Play 2012 at OVADA was an exhibition that invited visitors to participate in the work, to engage physically, emotionally and intellectually, and to touch, play and explore. It included live performances by Dan Lovelace, Ann Rapstoff and Philip Lee, a site-specific floor piece by Mary Yacoob, a new sculptural installation by Rebecca Glover, as well as games, puzzles, drawings, videos, sculptures, and collections of objects.

Watch a short film by Jonathan Roe about At Play 2012 on YouTube At Play 2012 or on Cally Trench's vimeo page At Play 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Private view at OVADA
29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Rebecca Glover ,Untitled (2012), paper, glue, gesso
Cally Trench,Shopping Spree (2011), board size 61 x 71 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Leszek Blyszczynski
Personal Puzzles (2011)
Plastic, 244 x 164 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Private view at OVADA
29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Guy Tarrant
Confiscation Cabinets (2010-11) and
Dead Roof Balls (2010), 20 found balls

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Guy Tarrant
Dead Roof Balls (2010)
20 found balls

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Nyeema Morgan
Equitable Distributions (a.k.a.:E.D.:W, G & E) (2009)
Approx 213 x 170 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Sousan Luqman
Sensory Deprivation; Article 7; Hostilities; Family Man (all 2008)
Photocopies, each 84 x 119 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Sousan Luqman
Sensory Deprivation; Article 7; Hostilities; Family Man (all 2008)
A4 Photocopies

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Ann Rapstoff
Margins of Play (2012)
Performance on 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Ann Rapstoff
Margins of Play (2012)
Performance on 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Flora Gare
Castles in the Air (2010-12)
Resin, film, fibre optic cable

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Leszek Blyszczynski
Personal Puzzles (2011)
Plastic, 244 x 164 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Nyeema Morgan,Equitable Distributions
(a.k.a.:E.D.:W, G & E)
(2009);Gamescape
(2007), mixed paper media, board games,
matte board and inkjet print, 33 x 46 x 46 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

James R Ford,
Blue scribble filling a white triangle; Red scribble filling a
white square
; Green scribble filling a white circle (all 2009)
Biro on paper, each 59.4 x 42 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

James R Ford,
Blue scribble filling a white triangle; Red scribble filling a
white square
; Green scribble filling a white circle (all 2009)
Biro on paper, each 59.4 x 42 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Katherina Radeva, Kitty has no pity - the art of not giving up
(2009-11), video, 30 minutes, and hula hoops
Martina O'Shea,Connect (2012), video, 2 minute

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Martina O'Shea
Connect (2012)
Video, 2 minutes

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss (2007)
Video, 7 minutes 46 seconds

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss
Performance on 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss
Performance on 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Dan Lovelace
The Alcatraz Button Toss
Performance on 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Philip Lee and Cally Trench
Exercise Slip (2012)
Timelapse film

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Cally Trench
Shopping Spree (2011)
MDF, acrylic paint, fimo and paper, board size 61 x 71 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Cally Trench
Shopping Spree (2011)
MDF, acrylic paint, fimo and paper, board size 61 x 71 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Rebecca Glover ,Untitled (2012), paper, glue, gesso
Cally Trench,Shopping Spree (2011), board size 61 x 71 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Rebecca Glover
Untitled (2012)
Paper, glue, gesso

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Rebecca Glover
Untitled (2012)
Paper, glue, gesso

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Philip Lee
Oxford Sponge
Performance 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Philip Lee
Oxford Sponge
Performance 29 June 2012

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Sousan Luqman
Hostilities; Family Man (all 2008)
Photocopies, each 84 x 119 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Linda Francis
Rules Rule OK? (2010)
Resin plaster, 45 x 45 x 13 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Nick Kennedy
Spinning Top Drawing (Fail#1) (2009)
Graphite and ink on paper, 28.5 x 38.5 4 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Nick Kennedy
Dice Drawing No.3 (50 in 3698) (2009)
Graphite and ink on paper, 28.5 x 38.5 4 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Flora Gare
Castles in the Air (2010-12)
Resin, film, fibre optic cable, dimensions variable

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Guy Tarrant
Confiscation cabinets (2010-11)
Each 120 x 80 x 4 cm

At Play 2012 at OVADA

Mary Yacoob
Marcellus Mind Maze (2012)
Vinyl, 230 x 190 cm

All photographs by Cally Trench.

At Play 2012 was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It was also supported by Farnham Town Council, and the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York. Cally Trench and Dr Outi Remes would like to thank all the artists; Kate Ratcliffe, Visual Arts Coordinator at South Hill Park; Lucy Phillips, Arts Coordinator at OVADA; and Laura James, then Intern at the New Ashgate Gallery. The curators would also like to thank Chantal Addley; Gemma Cumming; Jane Glennie; Diana Healey; Ingrid Jensen; Carol McFarlane; Roger Prynn; Jonathan Roe, Robert Harvey at B & H Motors, Dagnall; Donnington Doorstep; University of Westminster; and Sandy Hill Bungalow.

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