´╗┐ Play Summit | ASSEMBLE



Play Summit was a three day event made up of talks, workshops and on-going free outdoor play in and around Glasgow Green. The event brought thinkers and practitioners from around the world together with hundreds of families, policy-makers and organisations in Scotland to discuss the value of adventure play in the contemporary Scottish City.

The outdoor play sessions where free, and included fire, climbing, mud and loose parts in the middle of Glasgow’s most famous public park. It was an active demonstration that Scotland is less hostile to play than many people believe, and that fear of Health and Safety legislation is far more prohibitive than the legislation itself.

It was a curated and run Nils Norman and Assemble, with support from Tim Gill, and was realised in collaboration with Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Possibilities for Each and Every Kid and Rivendale Adventure Play Association. The event was commissioned by Create and Collective Gallery as part of All Sided Games. and was supported by Velocity and Creative Scotland as part of Glasgow International 2014.

Videos of the talks are available below, and the full programme is available on the Collective Gallery website. Produced by Collective as part of All Sided Games.

What is the value of Adventure Playgrounds? – Wendy Russell, University of Gloucestershire

Play Policy in Wrexham: Mike Barclay, Wrexham Council & Ben Tawil, Glyndwr University

Adventure Play in London: Mark Halden, Glamis Adventure Playground

Adventure Play in Japan: Hitoshi Shimamura, Founder of TOKYO PLAY