Celebratory Event – Urgent Environment
with artist India Harvey

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14 March 2020

Free lunch and arts activities for everyone

Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to the celebratory event, celebrating the conclusion of India Harvey’s residency.

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to a special event, celebrating the conclusion of India Harvey’s residency.

Since October, India Harvey has been working with Milton Keynes based families, Play Association workers, Ducklings pre-school staff and children, Speech and Language therapists and Bletchley Youth Club in developing tools for artists, parents and carers to participate in open-ended play with children.

On 14 March, from 12-3pm, you are invited to join us for a final celebratory play session at Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Based upon India Harvey’s research into and observations of play, the artist has created an interactive environment in which everyday materials become prompts for adults and children to play together or separately.

The event is suitable for playful people of all ages. Lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you are planning of coming.

India Harvey is a London based installation and interaction artist and researcher whose work explores the possibilities of having multiple, distinct and complex relationships with the varied fabric of our lived environments: exploring how these relationships express themselves and how we may be able to relate to others’ through shared exposure to unusual materiality. India’s practice has a particular focus on Neurodiversity, child cultures, inclusion and access, seeking to create spaces that enrich perceptual, cognitive and multisensory experiences of art by granting participants permission to interpret and understand on their own terms.

India’s previous work includes collaborations and commissions with the South London Gallery, Tate Modern, Camden Arts Centre, MK Gallery, Focal Point, and the Arnolfini, as well as working for many years as a Playworker in London’s Adventure Playgrounds. Most recently India has undertaken the Lumsden Residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, is touring an immersive installation with dancer Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and is collaborating with Lisa Marie Bengtsson on an under-5s play space at the Barbican Centre, London.
Lisa Marie Bengtsson is a Swedish artist, multi-disciplinary designer and pedagogue based between London and Gothenburg. Her primary focus is in the field of child culture and co-production with children. With a BA in product & furniture design and an MFA in child culture design from HDK in Gothenburg, Lisa has developed a practice that explores the relationship between her intuitively process-led work and participants’ interactions as a result. Her interest in design for children’s environments are translated in various ways throughout her work, this often has an outcome as spatial design, interactive exhibitions or workshops within cultural institution. Throughout her work, a strong emphasis on the potential for children’s self-expression can be found.

Previously Lisa has worked on building spaces dedicated to children in hotels, libraries and playgrounds. Her work has been featured in MOMA’s filial exhibition ‘The Century of the Child’, Hong Kong Design week, Gothenburg Film Festival, alongside exhibitions in Sweden and London Design Week. Currently Lisa works with ‘POP UP bygglek’, a mobile adventure playground that is run by Gothenburg city council with aim to reach out to the whole city and allow children to build and make with tools and material. She also teaches at Central Saint Martins in London and runs workshops in different cultural institutions as Röhsska Museum and Rydals Museum in Sweden where she collaborates with art pedagogues and primary school teachers.

Since spring 2018 Lisa has been working with India on a commission by Barbican Centre to develop a multisensory space for children under 5s and their parents and carers.


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