Last week pupils of Gascoigne Primary School worked with Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd to produce a short film, which will be screened in the foyer of the new Abbey Leisure Centre in Barking and Dagenham.
In June 2014 Create commissioned Chetwynd to conceive a groundbreaking new 21,000m3 soft play centre as part of the facility. This major new permanent work will engage up to 700,000 young children and families from across east London in its first ten years and will test the possibilities for bringing art into the spaces of people’s daily lives.
The group of children took part in a series of workshops over two days, devised and delivered by artist Rebecca Davies, including designing and making their own imaginary soft play centre out of plasticine. The two days closed with the group interviewing Chetwynd about being an artist and her approach to making the new soft play area.
The film will be on permanent display in the Centre, which is due to open in March 2015, and will address questions about what artists do and what art can be in a fun and accessible way.Soft Play is delivered in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council with support from the Arts Council of England.