Common Ground with India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson

October 2019 – March 2020

Artists India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson are joining us for the second installment of Common Ground 2019–20.

Common Ground is Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programme supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Together, artists India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson are integrating their practices to expand and challenge themes surrounding childhood and play. Through collaborations with local communities, they aim to investigate the modern idea of artificially creating a space for play. Offering workshops to facilitate user-led research models, compiling different perspectives on play as a tool to strengthen bonds within a community. As a result of the research, artists and communities will co-design and create an interactive space for visitors of all ages and abilities at Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

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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