PLAYpark + INTERZONE – celebrating visual art in the city

September 20, 2013

PLAYpark – the art of creative play / crazy golf / chess / carnival games / Tea Cosy + INTERZONE – 6 inflatable sculptures across Aberdeen city centre.


28+29 September, 2013                    27 – 29 September, 2013


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A PLAY park with a difference and a range of temporary street sculptures will be popping up in Aberdeen as part of a three-day arts programme aimed at celebrating visual art in the city.

INTERZONE by Ian Kettles and a participatory art project entitled PLAYpark – the art of creative play are spearheaded by leading north-east art agency SMART Consultants and supported by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired.

The two events will be held in the city centre over the weekend of September 27-29 and aim to provide a new experience of art within a familiar setting.

INTERZONE by Ian Kettles will see six inflatable sculptures installed across the city centre of Aberdeen with local people and families encouraged to take part in a quest to uncover their whereabouts. The public art project, that saw SMART work with Patricia Fleming Projects from Glasgow, will see a giant spray can, wrestling mask and a bicycle lock amongst other artefacts hidden across Aberdeen’s centre, with each sculpture challenging people to think differently about art in the city.

PLAYpark – the art of creative play will be held in Rubislaw Terrace Gardens on September 28-29 and will see SMART introduce a series of outdoor recreational games to the park with a focus on reactivating the underused green space. The agency has commissioned a group of local and internationally renowned artists and designers to design and build the games which look at bridging the gap between child and adult play by encouraging a physical interaction with art. Mini-golf with a difference, an oversized version of chess, hook the duck and other carnival games will all be on display, with members of the public able to take part in these traditional games with a modern twist.

During the weekend we there will also be an interactive shed from RSPB promoting their ‘give nature a home’ campaign and the ever popular Tea Cosy – alternative art, craft & design fair will be back with a small selection of stalls.

We hope you will be able to come out and play!

Best wishes,

The SMART team


The Hallucinatory Zoo mini golf – by Colin Priest & John Walter

The Hattiesburg Chess – by John Walter

Hook The Duck – by Ilona Niemi

Hoop-Rarrr! – by Gabi Reith & Phil Thompson

Pie Face – by Amber Robertson & Natalie Kerr

Bog Standard – by Kirsty Russell

Tea Cosy Sheds –

Nervous Stitch & Clova Knits

Aubeebop Jewellery & Mags Gray Ceramics

The Apple Fell Down

Anne Marquiss Jeweller

Hannah Joy Scott / Paul Law / Aymee Charlton

Peacock Visual Arts

Food Shed – by Eat Beetroot

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