The Brutalist Playground

- Gallery 1


Opening times vary, and we have a selection of lates, 16 + sessions and Relaxed Sessions to accommodate all audiences, so please check before your visit/booking

Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm (closed Sun & Mon) Closed Tue 29th Aug

Late nights, 4-8pm. Relaxed Sessions, 4-5pm · 22-24 Aug · 30-31 Aug · 5-7 Sep ·

16 + (adults only), 3-4pm · 8-19 Aug

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.

Timed entry, book to guarantee admittance.
Time slots: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. 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

Unfortunately we cannot take large group bookings. Maximum group sizes are 10 to include a minimum of 2 adults and must be booked in advance. Please note: we do not admit birthday parties



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