It’s been so long since the 10th December!

Too much food, too much booze and too many parties have kept us distracted for long enough to not manage to update this space sooner. My deepest apologies.

But let’s start with common courtesy.

Many wishes for this 2014  to be full with the most exciting, unexpected and mind-blowing ideas and people that you have ever come across in your whole life. Let it be the best 2014 you have ever had! And of course according to the words of Neil Gaiman, please: Make Good Art. You can find the whole speech on Youtube here. Here is a quote I love:

“When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.”

Neil Gaiman

Did you get your inspiration fix? Good. Back to Playground news now. 

We were so happy to see you all on 10 December for the last Playground of 2013, and so was Nicola Armitage and Catherine Watson who unwrapped their thoughts, ideas and projects in front of us and shared their wonderful world of creative adventures that evening.

Before all that started rolling though, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dot and the special Playground Top Trumps he brought along! Last month, Dot was in charge of the quick fire game to get the evening going. He made some blank Top Trump style cards especially for Playground. We all drew the face of someone else and then each person would have to write down his/her own values for each category.

We got a whole pack of them but here is a small example of how some of them turned out:

Playground Top TrumpsThere are still some blank ones to be filled in by your lovely selves in future Playgrounds!

The first Playground round welcomed artist Cath Watson and her Things I Sort of Know. You might know Cath as one of the Playmasters but the truth is that Cath was one of the first people to present work at Playground back in 2012. Since then, besides becoming a Playmaster, she continued to develop her work and it was successfully exhibited at the Old Fire Station Gallery in 2013.

CathIt was brilliant to have her back and listen and see how  the earth, the natural environment and the buildings that surround us are seen through some incredible advancements in technology like panoramis ultrasonic scanners and 3D representations. By unfolding all these processes along with her own reflections on the subject, Cath helped us see our surroundings through some completely different prisms.

Next up was Nicola Armitage who is a filmmaker and viedographer. Nicola is a new face in the Playground get-togethers and it was brilliant to get to know her work through last month’s Things I Sort of Know. Nicola works with experimental and non-linear documentary and she gave us a taster of a beautiful project she had made with Modern Art Oxford, called Lost in Time and Space. More info on the project can be found here.


Nicola talked to us about films that inspired her and about her journey into becoming a filmmaker and she also trusted us with some nifty little DIY tips that she uses when filming, for example how to make an impressive background of a starry night sky just using some black cardboard, tailor’s pins and a well lit window! Nicola is also currently working on a brand new project and she’s looking for musicians and photographers to collaborate with. It seemed like her request was met very positively by the Playground crowd last month.

We have to admit that we kind of cheated on the last round of the evening but there was this video we really really wanted to share with all of you and we hadn’t found the chance.

Amanda Palmer giving a TED talk! The talk is titled The Art of Asking and we have all found it very inspiring. If you haven’t watched it yet, here it is:

We’ll let you watch that while we’re preparing our come back for 2014! After our little break in January we will be back on Tuesday 25 February at the Gallery at the Old Fire Station. Yes, we’re moving towards the end of the month from now on.

Fourth Tuesday.

Downstairs at the Gallery. (no need for climbing flights of stairs anymore!)

7pm. Of course.

Until then, do everything we wouldn’t do and come to tell us about it!

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