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
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TIME SLOTS: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

OPENING TIMES: TUES-SAT, 10AM-4PM (CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY) 

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Associated events

opening weekend walking tours 
Thu 29 & Fri 30 June, Sat 1 & Sun 2 July
Free tours with The Edge exhibition team at 1pm – Book here

Playing with space
MORNING SYMPOSIUM & ARTIST TOUR
Sat 8 July, 10am-2.30pm
A morning of talks exploring ideas connected to the erosion of play, risk, planning and curating play. Speakers inlcude Assemble, Ken Warpole, Dr Sam Carr and Caroline Haworth.
£5, £3 Concs & EAC – Book here

‘On brutalism’
panel discussion with riba
TALK
Thu 27 July, 5-8pm
Panel discussion with Owen Hopkins, Andrew Higgot and Eleanor Young.
Followed by a special private view of Smithson Snapshots: Architectural photography from the Smithson Family Collection
£5, £3 Concs & EAC, FREE to RIBA members – Book here

NATIONAL PLAYDAY
Wed 2 Aug, 10am-4pm
Fun and games with play leader Lizzie Cummins to celebrate National Playday.
FREE – Book here

Brutalist Energy
MORNING SYMPOSIUM & HERITAGE TOUR
Sat 9 Sept, 10am-2.30pm
Join Barnabas Calder and Martin Gledhill in a discussion about the relationship between energy, society and brutalism. Followed by an exhibition tour with Jamie Eastman and campus walking tour with Dr Amy Frost highlighting brutalist architecture at University of Bath.
£5, £3 Concs & EAC – Book here

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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

Part Sculpture, Part Architecture, All Play!

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The Brutalist Playground
Wed 28 June - Sat 9 Sept 2017