Season of Play

Date: 20 Jul 2024 - 1 Sep 2024

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Across QUAD’s exhibition spaces we present a summer Season of Play featuring solo exhibition projects by artists John Whall and Tracey Meek, and the return of the interactive activity space Play & Display, that each focus on elements of play and playfulness to explore ideas of sharing, care and discovery.

Season of Play is part of New Worlds, New Discoveries – a year-long theme that acts as a framework for QUAD’s visual arts programme that is linked to and inspired by the previous year theme of ‘Worldbuilding’. Drawing on QUAD’s programme of activities, the main narrative arc for New Worlds, New Discoveries seeks to explore facets of our new – or existing – world about us to uncover and understand new ideas, new experiences and new ways of understanding. New Worlds, New Discoveries also sits alongside QUAD’s ongoing cinema and film programme, New Worlds of Cinema.

In QUAD Gallery 1 is ‘Passage to PlayLAND by Derby-based digital participation artist John Whall bringing together two exciting interactive and family-friendly immersive installations, PlayLAB and PlayLAND. These are shared, playful experiences that invite the gallery visitor to fully engage with the physical space and to consider their local environment. In QUAD Gallery 2 will be the return of Play & Display– a creative workshop room and extra exhibition space where visitors can grow and expand on ideas inspired by Passage to PlayLAND.

Derby-based artist Tracey Meek will exhibit her project – in partnership with LEVEL Centre – titled (Isolation) Art Mail. This project originally took place during the COVID-19 lockdown as a way of collectively sharing experiences through art, offering comfort in difficult times.

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