Preparations are underway…we’ll be at Village Green festival to launch Play Southend Now or Never!
Join us for a ‘walkshops’ (12, 2 or 4pm- leaving from METAL arts School) or come and find any other time between 11-5PM to get the download link for the App and see Chalkwell Park in totally new light…
(Walkshops will be approx forty minutes and are suitable for all ages. However, under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult)
Had a lovely sunny day again in Southend playing #catchaprompt with playful Southenders. The game consisted of collecting a map, which indicated points where prompts are set to work, then going out with METAL ipads and ‘catching’ them. Easy, fun and very helpful beta testing! It was great to see previous participants come back. One of the children who joined us back when we were still working out what goes where proudly announced to his family that he ‘made that’! We were also pleased when newcomer to the project told us it made them ‘walk the park and go places you don’t normally get to’- just the sort of feedback we need!
Digital Amnesty – why not get rid of long forgotten digital devices to support a new playful App for Southend?
Do you own some long forgotten digital devices (phones, wii, xboxes, tablets) that are still in working order but no longer loved and you’d like to contribute to a good cause? Then why not bring these along on 28th April (2-6PM) , let us turn them into cash so your contribution goes towards supporting us in developing Play Southend Now or Never -Southend’s own playful App – which will work on your new mobile devices. We’ll invite you to an exclusive pre-launch introduction to the App and add you name to our supporters on the App itself (as well as our website).
Two more dates for diaries:
Futurepark Walkshop 28th April 6-8pm On Thursday 28th April between 6-8pm we will run a special ‘walkshop’ for Future Park at METAL Southend which is also part of the official opening of METAL art school. We’ll be exploring Chalkwell Park and surroundings, discovering playful ways to interact and discover the area through your eyes and memories, as they work on Play Southend Now Or Never! – the App, which will be launched at Village Green Festival on the 9th July 2016. The walkshop is free and promises to be fun and inspiring. We will start from Chalkwell Hall and return there for light refreshments. To find out more go to METAL’s website.
And last but not least – on 7th May 12-5pm we’ll be doing some early App testing – drop in any time to help us work out what’s in and what isn’t…further details will follow…
Three almost spring like days of ‘walkshopping’ and playing within Chalkwell Park as well as in the streets beyond – all the way down to the seaside. ‘Southendians’ certainly know their play and the town and were very generous with their time and ideas. METAL hospitality was also a treat and we can’t wait to get back to do some more research in coming weeks before we decide what to play where….Here are some images of play so far…
Continue reading Playing Park and Sea
On Saturday the 19th March between 2-4pm we’ll run our first public ‘walkshop’ – come join us- we’ll be exploring Chalkwell Park, discovering playful ways to interact and discover the area through your eyes and memories, as we work on Play Southend – the App, which will be launched at Village Green Festival on the 9th July 2016.
The walk is free and we promise it will be fun and inspiring. We will start from Chalkwell Hall and return there for light refreshments. To find out more and book a place – visit our Eventbrite page.
had a wonderful evening screening Play Peterborough Now or Never – the film! at Metal yesterday. Good to see so many Peterborians reminiscing about the walks, exchanging ideas about play and enjoying the film. We are very grateful to Jay Gearing from Paper Rhino for it. And if you didn’t make it – its now online – you can watch it here
During our flash mob on Saturday one of the actions drew considerable attention and smiles. We asked participants to ‘draw a line with chalk, greet/wave and beckon people to follow you along the line’.
Continue reading Challenging the control of Public Space – with chalk!