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Creative Projects

Playing Out began as a creative intervention on a street in Bristol. We still work with artists and other creative practitioners to engage the public’s imagination about street play and related issues.

Chalk Challenge

Children of a local infant school were challenged to change the space outside their front door with a competition.

Hartcliffe Safer Streets 2017

Room 13 Hareclive children from Hartcliffe, South Bristol, are calling for safer streets from speeding traffic so they can play out more. Doing research in their school, making their own film, hosting an event, marching  – children are turning their concerns and ideas into action and change.

Bristol Library Exhibition - October 2014

Join in with activities and events as part of a month-long exhibition by Playing Out in Bristol’s Central Library. The launch event on Saturday 11th Oct will combine craft activities for children, the chance to bring food and share in an urban picnic and an opportunity to scoot, chalk or play in Deanery Road which will be closed to traffic for the day.

I Belong Here: Playing Out at the Bristol MShed Launch 2011

Artist Amy Rose, devised a mass chalking event that involved 1000’s of visitors and 100’s of boxes of chalk to celebrate the launch of this new ‘people’s museum’ for Bristol.  Read more here…

Write Up Your Street 2009

Early one morning, armed with people’s childhood memories of outdoor play, artist Amy Rose led an intrepid team of local volunteers to chalk the words back onto the street and pavement…  Read more here…

Playing Out Arts Trail Exhibition

Amy Rose created an interactive exhibition for a Bristol arts trail, telling the story of Playing Out and inviting a public conversation about children’s play and shared use of streets. Read more here…

I Open the Door

Can small, personal, creative actions link to actual ‘place making’ where we live and bring about wider social change?  A Playing Out participatory exhibition designed to explore just this.  Read more here…

Open the Door at Bristol's Make Sunday Special Event, 2013

What are your hopes and dreams for your own street? What would you most like to see when you open your front door to the world outside?”  Read more here…