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MAPS Festival: PlayShapes


  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts South Shore Road Gateshead, England United Kingdom (map)

Are you and your kids bored of soft play centres and identikit playgrounds? Looking for something creative where you can do your own thing? Come and experience PlayShapes commissioned as part of the MAPS Festival programme. 

Conceived by artist Pippa Hale as an antidote to the rigid formats and primary colours of children’s play areas, PlayShapes allow children to create their own sculptures, installations or playscapes.

Inside the gallery you’ll find a number of 1m3 coloured cubes that break down into polygons, rectangular prisms, cylinders and steps that can be reconfigured into limitless combinations to make dens, seats and obstacle courses on which to climb, slide, crawl, balance, jump or roll.

But be warned! Towards the end of each session, kids and grown-ups must work together to reassemble the cubes in a game of giant 3D Tetris.

Bookable sessions will run daily throughout 20th -25th July.

PlayShapes was commissioned for MAPS Festival by Chalk and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Earlier Event: July 13
¡VAMOS! NE: Family Picnic