Child’s Play

Mark Neville – Child’s Play, The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1, until 30th April 2017

Mark Neville, 'Arts and Crafts at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground', 2011, courtesy Mark Neville and Alan Cristea Gallery

Mark Neville,
‘Arts and Crafts at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground’, 2011,
courtesy Mark Neville and Alan Cristea Gallery

We should consider ourselves fortunate that the artist Mark Neville often focuses on social issues in his projects and this exhibition, appropriately held at The Foundling Museum, is an important one.

Mark Neville, 'The Jungle Book Rehearsals, Sewickley Academy', 2012, courtesy Mark Neville

Mark Neville,
‘The Jungle Book Rehearsals, Sewickley Academy’, 2012,
courtesy Mark Neville

Child’s Play combines Mark Neville’s photographs with a book and on March 20th a symposium looking at play in our cities today.

Mark-Neville, 'Boy with Hoop in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya' 2016, courtesy Mark Neville

Mark-Neville,
‘Boy with Hoop in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya’ 2016,
courtesy Mark Neville

The photographs look at children at play in this country from Port Glasgow to London, Pittsburgh, Canada, the Ukraine, Afghanistan and Kenya. While the images capture children in the act of playing whatever the circumstances of where they live they serve as reminder and inspiration for all of us to get involved to make sure that children’s universal right to play as recognised by the UN is not allowed to vanish and be ignored. They are our future and we owe it to them.

Mark Neville,- 'Child, Jacket, Slaughtered Goat, Sweets, Painted Nails, Xmas Day, Helmand’, 2010, courtesy Mark Neville

Mark Neville,-
‘Child, Jacket, Slaughtered Goat, Sweets, Painted Nails, Xmas Day, Helmand’, 2010,
courtesy Mark Neville

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Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00, Sunday 11:00 – 17:00, Monday closed

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