We don’t know about you- but for us the winter months are long, we do less walking, spend more time reflecting back and planning ahead for the start of new beginnings. We’ve had a great year (scroll down through previous posts to see what we’ve been up to) and its lovely to end it with some heartwarming feedback. Here are some of our favourite quotes:
‘I totally love seeing the transformation in people during a really short time where they become comfortable, chatty and confident to interact with the work. It’s good art!’ (Judith Merritt Head of Talks and Exhibitions, National Theatre Learning).
‘We loved doing the walks as a group. It gave us permission to play and our visit had a different feel this time..’ (Participants of Walk&Play YSP).
‘Over the course of the project, the artists worked with local community groups and individuals to develop and test the concepts of the game and the content of the app, ensuring both local relevance and user friendliness. The workshop activity offered a platform to engage the public in complex dialogues about the public realm, and the regulations that control it. Through playful and fun interactions and interventions, and using language that was very accessible, Idit and Helen managed to engage a diverse range of participants across ages, abilities and experiences. This included intergenerational groups, those with complex needs, those with English as a second language and those with no or very limited engagement with the arts. The project offered a new way to see the city centre, and gave permission to push the boundaries of what was deemed ‘acceptable’ or normative behaviour in increasingly managed and patrolled public spaces’. (Mark Richards, director METAL Peterborough).
‘I have lived in P’boro since 1970. Participation in this project has helped me look at the city differently. I’ve shared ideas about play and had conversations with people I would not have had otherwise.’ (City Resident, Play Peterborough Now Or Never!).
“I played [with your DIY die] this evening, not sure my neighbour enjoyed my smile though! ;-)” (Glen Stoker, Director, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent).
Wishing you all the very best of the season’s greetings and looking forward to more playing, walking, talking and reflecting in 2018!