We are excited to announce that our longstanding partners Assemble have been nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize for their project Granby Four Streets in Liverpool and our collaborative project Baltic Street Adventure Playground. The architecture and art collective won the Create Art Award in 2011 for Folly for a Flyover, their first public commission and have since collaborated with us on Blackhorse Workshop in 2013 and are working with us again on our ground-breaking new social restaurant Chicken Town, opening in September this year.
Baltic Street Adventure Playground is a new adventure play facility in Dalmarnock, east Glasgow. The project was initiated as an immediate, practical response to the challenges facing a group of children growing up in a relatively scarce urban environment where around 54% of children live below the poverty line.
Since opening, over 300 children have been involved in shaping the future of the playground in a direct and hands on way. It is free to enter, children are free to come and go, and free to play as they choose. Specially trained playworkers supervise the children and support them to pursue their own play, from make-believe to construction projects. It is a constantly evolving child-led space, full of adaptable, breakable, mailable loose parts, from mud and spades to self-built structures, timber, paint and dressing up clothes.
An exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work will go on display at the Tramway, Glasgow, from 1 October 2015. The winner of the prize will be announced 7 December 2015.