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The ART of Play Work with The Glue Collective 
Part of FLOW Artist Development 

20th July | 10am-3pm + 29th July/3rd August (optional) | 10am-1pm
GLUE Garden, Shenley Community Association, Northfield

FLOW Artist Development aims to lay the foundations for an increase in the making of artistic work for/by/with children and young people. FLOW recognises that play and creativity are central, integrating elements in development and learning, giving children the opportunity to understand, challenge and explore the world, and their place in it. Activities that lead to a state of *flow are often child-directed, meaning children take charge of their own learning by exploring topics that they choose. This focused, fulfilling  'flow' state – naturally occurs in children and adults during play, movement, and hands-on activities. 

We are pleased to be able to offer this free two-day artist development series hosted by The Glue Collective at the GLUE Garden, Shenley Community Association, Northfield.  The ART of Play Work will focus on how to create an inclusive creative space that supports artistic and playful participation, where children and adults of all ages and abilities can create, play and enjoy art together. 


Day 1: Wednesday 20th July 2022 / 10am-3pm 

Exploring the Playwork Principles you will look at Play theory, a professional and ethical framework for playwork and the role of Artist playworkers in supporting children in play as a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. 


Glue will introduce their approach to creating an environment for child-centred creative play through 'loose arts' , a range of natural and upcycled materials, that provide children the space and permission for self-directed creative play. 


Day 2: On Friday 29th July or Wednesday 3rd August / 10am-1pm

You will be invited to help create the play space SPARK for Birmingham 2022 Festival. During the SPARK session children will be at play and Glue practitioners will be on hand to support you in your Playwork journey, encouraging you to learn through observations and develop a reflective practice. Please note that practitioners attending day 2 will have to provide a current DBS as these sessions will be in session with children. Participants are offered to attend either date but places are limited. 


The Glue Collective are an expert team of artists, gardeners and thinkers working to meet the play and creative needs of all children and young people, working together to create sustainable futures.


Please note: These sessions will be held outdoors, so appropriate clothing should be worn. 


Onsite childcare is available on Wednesday 20th July - please indicate whether you will require childcare when you book. 


Please note this opportunity is available to practitioners based in the West Midlands, places are free, but limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

FLOW ARTIST DEVELOPMENT is a free programme of talks, workshops and seed funding. It will lay the foundations for an increase in the making of artistic work for and with children and young people. Aiming to develop a community of practice around socially engaged arts practices with children, sessions will cover many artforms, theories and methods including creative and playful pedagogy. 

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