Foundation to support new play conference

The Playwork Foundation is to play a supporting role in the new play conference, Play 2021, being organised by Playful Planet and the University of Birmingham on 7-8 July.

Play 2021, a conference on children, play and space, will be an online event but the organisers are also hopeful that in-person delegates will be allowed by the summer, and space has been booked for it on the university campus. Those registering for the online event now will have the option to upgrade to an actual seat at the conference as and when this is confirmed.

There is a call for papers for the conference, including from playwork practitioners and researchers, with playwork one of the themes of the event. The Playwork Foundation will join the conference committee to help curate this strand.

The event’s first speakers have been confirmed:

  • Tim Gill, the longstanding campaigner and writer on play and child-friendly environments, and author of the new RIBA publication Urban Playground;
  • Professor Helen Dodd, from the University of Reading, whose research on play and the pandemic has featured prominently in debates about the government response;
  • Ash Perrin, founder of the Flying Seagull Seagull project, which takes playfulness to children living in some of the world’s most troubled and deprived communities.

More speakers will be announced soon. Follow the Playful Planet site for regular conference updates.


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