CHILD’S PLAY is a new book with targeted dissemination, a symposium, and an exhibition opening at the Foundling Museum on February 3rd 2017.
In both book and exhibition Neville presents images of children at play from existing projects, alongside new images taken in diverse environments including Kenya and Ukraine. The photo book, which also features Adrian Voce’s text overview of his ground-breaking work in the field of children’s play, plus an essay by curator Nicola Freeman, seeks to focus attention on attitudes towards play in the UK and how the conditions for children can be improved. Both book and show urge for the re-introduction of a new national play strategy which halts the closing of playgrounds and defends children's rights to play. In late January 2017 the book will be disseminated to key policy makers, experts and each of the UK’s 433 local councils, and a symposium on 20 March will explore the issue of spaces for play, looking at the real and imagined barriers to play in our cities, and focusing in particular on the privatisation of space.