Block, Paper, Magnets, Now We Play.......

I am an artist but also an inventor. 'Block, Paper, Magnets, Now We Play.....' is in the design phase and a place where I am playing, learning and making. I am creating spaces and implements that will offer an immersive and interactive play experience for children and families to be together and play together whilst maintaining social separation at the same time. These installations created for play will invite children and families to move walls, invent new games, explore sound, construction, colour and texture whilst making new friends. The concept for 'Block, Paper, Magnets Now We Play.....' stems from my research* with children living with profound and complex needs where the spectrum for engagement requires protection, inclusion, boundaries and imagination.

I have walls to make, for you to move and doors to create that you can fold, floors to lay that you can hide in, towers to build for you to tumble, spaces to design for you to play in and things to make for you to play with. If you would like to get involved in testing the designs and prototypes please contact me on helenbarryinfo@gmail.com.

This commission is generously funded by Creative Ireland as part of dlr’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 and programmed by dlr Arts Office.

*The research has been made possible with the support from The Arts Council's bursary YPCE Award 2019. It has has enable me to do two long term artist-in-residences. The first is with the children in Pre-School One and their staff at the Central Remedial Clinic School and the second is with the ASD Unit in Stepaside Educate Together N.S.

Block, Paper, Magnets, Now We Play.......

I am an artist but also an inventor. 'Block, Paper, Magnets, Now We Play.....' is in the design phase and a place where I am playing, learning and making. I am creating spaces and implements that will offer an immersive and interactive play experience for children and families to be together and play together whilst maintaining social separation at the same time. These installations created for play will invite children and families to move walls, invent new games, explore sound, construction, colour and texture whilst making new friends. The concept for 'Block, Paper, Magnets Now We Play.....' stems from my research* with children living with profound and complex needs where the spectrum for engagement requires protection, inclusion, boundaries and imagination.

I have walls to make, for you to move and doors to create that you can fold, floors to lay that you can hide in, towers to build for you to tumble, spaces to design for you to play in and things to make for you to play with. If you would like to get involved in testing the designs and prototypes please contact me on helenbarryinfo@gmail.com.

This commission is generously funded by Creative Ireland as part of dlr’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 and programmed by dlr Arts Office.

*The research has been made possible with the support from The Arts Council's bursary YPCE Award 2019. It has has enable me to do two long term artist-in-residences. The first is with the children in Pre-School One and their staff at the Central Remedial Clinic School and the second is with the ASD Unit in Stepaside Educate Together N.S.