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Doodle Den, Wolfson Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Tate Galleries. 2014

Sarah Evelyn Marsh


Artist-educators at Tate Liverpool have worked with young children to respond to artworks on display, finding ways to explore and play together in the gallery spaces.

Here, Sarah has constructed an evolving installation, gradually introducing different materials.

The theme of  'lines' started the research; with pipes, foam strips, wires and taped grids informing the space.

Children's imaginations impose new meaning on the materials as have been built, knocked down again and also form paths, dens, kitchens, castles and factories.

Doodle Den is the culmination of this research, children are invited to enter and change the installation; wrapping and twisting the pipes, threading and weaving and looping the materials. At the same time, this activity is purposefully positioned next to Palle Nielsen's slideshow, as children play in real time against the documentation of a former museum intervention.

Doodle den, invited families to 'construct compositions', by weaving, looping, threading and connecting materials within the space, and outer area. Families considered the use of their bodies within this space, and the relationship they had with the materials provided. Learning was open-ended, with no set rules of how to interact with the space, children developed their own creative language through play and experimentation.

This was a two week project that sat alongside Palle Neilsen's, The Model documentation. June 2014


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