Diversions: Discover New Ways To Play at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 22:13

The Spark Festival is delighted to be collaborating with Leicester Arts and Museums to present a unique event for families at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. Diversions is an innovative project being led by Leicester Arts and Museums to help research ways in which families, children and babies engage and interact with New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. Workshops will help inform how the space is developed for family audiences in the future and will provide research for a piece of interactive artwork for young audiences.

Diversions will take place for the duration of The Spark Festival from Wednesday 29 May until Sunday 9 June. Children will have the freedom to explore the space however they choose, by running, jumping, hiding, taking a car for a drive or maybe building a tunnel – all helped by the creative team. They can discover new ways to play in facilitated workshops which will encourage exploration of the museum space. Families could find themselves building mazes, playing with remote control cars and paper aeroplanes, babies and toddlers can play with building blocks, fabric and balloons and older children can take part in hands on construction, maybe even building giant see-saws.

Diversions is a free drop in activity with specific sessions for different ages. During half term, Diversions workshops are designed for families to enjoy together between 11am and 2pm and on Sunday 2 June there will be a fantastic Family Sports Day.

During the festival's second week, there are workshops for crawlers to two years old between 10.30am and 12pm from Monday 3 until Friday 7 June and for ages three to five between 1pm and 3pm from Monday 3 until Thursday 6 June. Over the weekend of 8 and 9 June between 11am and 2pm older children aged eight to thirteen can take part in sessions which will offer creative constructive challenges involving 'grown up' materials and tools such as wood and power tools – all facilitated by trained staff.

Hugo Worthy, Contemporary Art Curator at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery comments:

"We are really excited about Diversions opening up new opportunities for children to engage with museums and art works through physical play. These activities make the serious spaces of the art gallery into fun spaces for children and families to explore in ways they never would have thought."

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