A hazy shade of grey. There’s definitely no blue sky thinking here. The fires are raging in Sumatra and Borneo, the forests are burning, and the haze chokes us. Sigh - but try not to inhale (and don’t forget your haze mask).
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Coming out of the darkness and into the light. It’s all lines, curves, shadows, angles, mirrors and self-portraits!
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It is always surprising to see what can be imagined out of a load of old tiles and loose parts. 3 year old Sophie stretched her imagination along the table to create these slinky snake that dwarfed her friend Arthur’s house.
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The perpetual LED lamps in the back alley create dazzling lines of light…
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Walking along a hazy river looking for a hidden harvest moon..
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Sneaky animal silhouettes appear large-scale on the wall in an immersive installation space for young children. The power of shadow play can never be underestimated as it taps into the imagination and reveals unexplored psycho-dramas as the children act out different scenarios. Here, they reflect on ideas, narratives, and anxieties absorbed from their understanding of the real world and try to overcome their fears and conflicts and find solutions.
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The Nursery 2 children came to visit a darkened Room 6. Here, images and animations related to stories about the moon were projected. The children had brought lanterns made in class to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival - celebrated by people in China and South East Asian countries. Here, they imagined themselves blasting off into space to a full moon and they began to dance with their bright flashing lanterns.
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Today in the mysterious Room 6, more exploration of the use of space, materials, light and shadows occurred. Little Arran seemed particularly fascinated by the thin, clear shadow lines of a branch which he held up over his head. He positioned the branch, holding it in different ways. Positioning it in the gaps of light on the wall.
“It’s a Y,” he decided. “I want it to grow up like a tree.”
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In the searing, hazy afternoon heat, I sought shelter under this spindly roadside tree. The breeze shook little leaves reminding me of the seasons far away from here…
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Another day, hanging out with young children in dark, shadowy, immersive spaces, telling stories..
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