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Colin Booth: Institute of Play

Until 2 October 2011

Colin Booth Institute of Play

Colin Booth Institute of Play

The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne is playing host to a new cityscape of building blocks. The new display is by artist Colin booth and is a major new installation I n the gallery. Colin was born just across the river Tyne in Gateshead and is renowned for his sculptures. They are architecturally inspired but are also created in response to watching his children at play.

His latest exhibition consists of 3000 individual blocks of Tulip wood and was specially commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum of childhood. It is entitled ‘Colin Booth: Institute of play and also features a further two sculptures entitled Streamline and colony.

The curator of the Laing Art Gallery, Julie Milne, says of the exhibition:

“We are delighted to be able to show these works by Colin Booth.  Using blocks in his work, the themes surrounding his approach appeal to architects and young children alike, so this exhibition will appeal to all ages, especially with the activities programme which is scheduled to run alongside the display.”

There will be also be interpretation spaces where visitors of any age are to be invited to get hands on and construct something themselves using wooden building blocks. There is also going to be the opportunity to use computers to create modernist masterpieces using invited to construct with wooden building blocks and there will also be the opportunity to build modernist masterpieces on computers using the 3D modelling programme Google SketchUp.

The collector Jackie Britton has lent the exhibition a collection of ‘Architoys’, and these include Froebel’s gifts numbers V and VI and also Lego pieces Jackie works for the V & A in London and is also an enthusiastic blogger.

The Laing Art Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.  Admission is free.  For more details or find the Laing on Facebook and Flickr.

Image caption: Institute of Play, 2010, Colin Booth. Photographed by Peter Greenhalf © V&A


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