Commissioned by the RIBA, The Brutalist Playground shines a light on the abstract concrete playgrounds designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century. Often made from concrete, such playgrounds were cast into housing estates such as Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; Seamount Court in Aberdeen and the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield in sculptural forms, presenting a distinct move away from previous playground design.

Artist Simon Terrill and 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble have worked with RIBA curators to recreate these play structures in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive playground where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work while offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects’ original designs and intentions. Archive images of the original playgrounds are projected on the walls.

The Edge and the University of Bath are delighted to bring this family friendly exhibition to Bath for the first time during the University’s 50th Anniversary year. It’s the first of two exhibitions acknowledging the concrete origins of Bath’s 1960s campus which went on to incorporate buildings designed by celebrated architects of the era including proponents of British Brutalism Alison and Peter Smithson.

FREE ADMISSION
Timed entry, book to guarantee admittance.
Time slots: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for both adults and children must be booked
Online booking closes an hour before each time slot, please call the box office 01225 386777 to check availability

GROUP BOOKINGS
Must be booked in advance through the box office 01225 386777, maximum group size of 15 to include a minimum of 3 adults

OPENING TIMES
Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm (closed Sun & Mon)

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Images: The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill. Installation photo taken at S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2016. Photography: Alun Bull © RIBA

 

ASSOCIATED EVENTS:

Part Sculpture, Part Architecture, All Play!

  1. morning symposium and artist tour

    Playing with space

    Sat 8 July, 10.30am-1.00pm
    Fine Art Studio

    A morning of talks exploring ideas connected to the erosion of play, risk, planning and curating play.

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  2. Talk

    'On Brutalism' panel discussion with RIBA

    Thurs 27 July, 5-8pm
    Weston Studio

    With Owen Hopkins (Soane’s Museum); Andrew Higgott (Architectural Writer); Eleanor Young (RIBA)

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  3. Brutalist playground

    National playday

    Wed 2 Aug, 10am-4pm
    Gallery 1

    Fun and games with specialist play leaders throughout the day to celebrate National Playday

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  4. Morning Symposium & Heritage Tour

    Brutalist Energy

    Sat 9 Sep, 10am-2.30pm
    Fine Art Studio

    Discuss energy, society and Brutalism then discover the architecture at University of Bath

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