A new exhibition opened at The Foundling Museum earlier this month, exploring the importance of child’s play.
Mark Neville is the photographer behind the work which shows children enjoying moments of free, spontaneous activity in settings across the globe. From the adventure playgrounds of North London to the tense war zones of Afghanistan, children everywhere have an overwhelming desire to play, and it is something which has already been identified by the UN as a universal right.
The exhibition is supported by a book release and, on the 20th March, a symposium will take place, further challenging the barriers that prevent playful access to space. The project comes at a crucial time, as over 13 million children are displaced by armed conflicts and traditional public spaces, such as parks and recreation grounds, are being privatised. For more information, please visit the website.
The Foundling Museum is dedicated to the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery. They are committed to inspiring children and young people to make a difference in society, and are just one of the many fantastic organisations signed up to our Kids in Museums Manifesto. Last month, we also released our Mini Manifesto! Take a look at it here.