Playscapes are interactive installations involving free-play, loose-parts play, creative arts, informal games, awareness-raising and knowledge-sharing activities.   They are devised by Bocadalupa, a creative partnership between Amy Rose and Jenny Sanderson.  Playscapes ignite all of the senses and are designed to offer aesthetic, embodied experiences to optimise target audiences’ engagement with a particular theme. This is achieved through open-ended activities that are appropriate for a range of ages, abilities, interest levels, and experience. Each playscape is overseen by friendly ‘hosts’, experienced performer/facilitators who are highly skilled at inviting play, conversation and other interaction with the public.

One of Bocadalupa’s popular playscapes, ‘The Bee Garden’, includes a beautifully designed labyrinth, with a hive/den at its centre, mini garden-making activities and artfully displayed facts and information about bees– their behaviours and habitats, environmental value, and the challenges they face.   It was commissioned by Cirque Bijou for Bristol’s Harbourside Festival.  Another, ‘Open the Door’ introduces the ideas behind street play and neighbourliness and includes a miniature 2-D cardboard streetscape and full-scale, cardboard front door.  Hosts and participants engage in chalking and instant drawing responding to child-led prompts about what they can imagine for their own street. It was commissioned by Playing Out and supported by Bristol City Council’s Creative Seed Fund.  We have also created The Pom-Pom Galaxy, A Hot Air Balloon Adventure, Night Labyrinth and others.

Delight, empowerment, de-mystification and inspiration and are frequent by-products of Bocadalupa’s Playscapes. Towards this, they employ humble, everyday materials (ie.cardboard, chalk, twigs, yarn, simple household objects, recycled and garden materials) in new, creative ways so that participants can easily recall and replicate parts of the experience at home.

Where needed, the hosts undertake a period of research, training and study about the subject matter in focus. These processes ensure that each playscape is fit for purpose and that the engagement is underpinned by sufficient, relevant knowledge.   Bocadalupa have created playscapes for a range of organisations and educational institutions including Playing Out, Cirque Bijou and Situations.

Bocadalupa are available to work in collaboration with others to devise unique, temporary playscapes suited to specific themes and circumstances. Please get in touch if you want to learn more.

 

Jenny Sanderson Artist, Designer, Host
Amy Rose Artist, Designer, Host