Play in the Pandemic
An online exhibition celebrating children's creative resilience through play to the pandemic
About the Project
Launching in March 2022, Play in the Pandemic is an online exhibition celebrating how play empowered children's resilience, well-being, and creativity during the pandemic. The exhibition will showcase children's artworks, games and films across the UK that were submitted to the Play Observatory.
The National Observatory of Children's Play Experiences During COVID-19 is a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Led by researchers from UCL Institute of Ecudation, the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, and the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, it is supported by Great Ormond Street Hospital and the British Library. The Young V&A Museum in collaboration with the above partners will be developing an online exhibition into children's play from the data collated by UCL and University of Sheffield. To be delivered in March 2022
Play in the Pandemic will champion the role of play in children's lives. Framed by COVID-19, this online exhibition will explore how play enables children's resilience, creativity and well-being during crises. It will showcase chilren's artworks, films, games and interviews alongside objects from the Young V&A. Focused on the themes of Constructing, Exploring, Innovating, and Imagining, it will explore the play theories, provocations and creative solutions that children adopted in response to the pandemic. The exhibition will be a launchpad for visitors to explore new ways to think about play.
To deliver the online exhibition Play in the Pandemic in collaboration with UCL, University of Sheffield. The exhibition will provide a global platform to showcase the submissions to the Play Observatory's survey across 2020-21. The exhibition will identify key themes and content to promote modes of play and their benefits. Commissioned artwork and web designs will offer imaginative narrative journeys and interpretative approaches to the exhibition's content. It will provide a framework to connect examples for play with play theory and highlight the importance of play for children to thrive.
John Potter is Professor of Media in Education at University College London Institute of Education. His research, teaching and publications are in: new literacies, media education, play on and offscreen, curation and agency in social media, and the ch ... Read more
Katy has worked in the museum sector for over 11 years, including six years at the Young V&A Museum. Katy's specialism is in children's clothing held at the Young V&A. She brings her experience of producing family-focused exhibitions, displays and pub ... Read more
Dr Valerio Signorelli is an Architect by training and Lecturer in Connected Environments at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London. His research focuses on the notion and role of interface between digital ... Read more
Episod Studio develops interactive entertainment content and thought-provoking digital games. Their projects have been exhibited at Tate Britain, Somerset House, and Young V&A. Currently, they are working on "Race for the Arctic", a video game set acr ... Read more
Marcus Walters is an award-winning designer and illustrator based in the UK. Since graduating from Central St Martin’s, London he has art-directed magazines co-founded an innovative design studio, New Future Graphic, launched fashion and homeware bran ... Read more
The ESRC funded project ‘A National Observatory of Children’s Play Experiences During COVID-19’ hosts an end-of-project symposium to share emergent findings and bring together those interested in young people’s play experiences during the pandemic.