A Radical Call to Play | Workshop led by Max Alexander

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31 May 2022

City Observatory, 38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh
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Three consecutive images show a hand moving across the screen, pointing and gesticulating. The images have a pink tone, and there is a circular light shining through front behind a sheet.
Image courtesy Max Alexander

This is a workshop for artists to explore play and its role in life and practice. Participants will explore what play space may look like as adults with different sensory, emotional and relational needs. There may also be a fort.”

- Max Alexander

During this workshop Max, together with participants, will investigate how we might navigate what he describes as our desire and need for play and creativity when it’s coupled with our needs as creative practitioners.’

This workshop is part of Shifting Tactics, a series of free workshops programmed by Collective and LUX Scotland in direct response to the last two years of lockdowns. These workshops aim to support artists to move on from this period of cancelled exhibitions, closed workshops and the reduction of the important in-person conversations between artists that would have been formative experiences for early career artists under different circumstances.

Led by artists and aimed at artists who are trying to develop their practices, the workshops aim to create a shared space of care and support. Participants will be encouraged to question and explore conditions that impact the practices of early-career artists in particular. What skills do artists need to navigate and challenge the practical, theoretical, organisational and economic concerns that they face?

Drawing on artists’ experiences, the workshops encourage participants to challenge their thinking around ideas of success; question existing art sector structures and​‘opportunities’; challenge their own systems; imagine what alternatives could exist and devise strategies to enact them.

About Max Alexander

Max Alexander is an artist, creative facilitator and playworker who works under the name Play Radical. Max works to create and co-create spaces for play, exploration and connection. This work focuses on neurodivergent joy and ways of relating.

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