ArtPlay New Ideas Lab

ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab provides an exciting platform for artists to explore and develop new projects or collaborations that will become performances, interactive exhibitions and visual art workshops for children and their families.

New Ideas Lab alumni Simon Bedford and Roslyn Oades have the program to thank for helping them develop their interactive fairy tale, In a deep, dark forest, experienced by hundreds of wide-eyed children at ArtPlay last December.

Roslyn invented the environmental tale about a troll stealing the light from an enchanted forest with the help of children who participated in the New Ideas Lab workshops.

In the game, the children aged 7 to 12 worked out how to rescue the light by code-cracking and collaboration. Teamwork was an important theme, not individual success.

Simon said a strong part of the attraction for the children was playing in the dark. ‘The kids are scared, but not too scared’. The excitable children emerge after the game wanting even more scares. ‘So we think we have the balance right’.

With an emphasis on creative invention, the New Ideas Lab has hosted sand art animation workshops, a playground ‘doorway to the imagination’ and an installation space full of surprises and fun through sound, touch and performance.

Applications are now open for New Ideas Lab 2016. Submissions close on 1 April.

For more information, visit ArtPlay.