Child-led tours, more questions and playing in the field.
The second family workshop is completely different to the first. The weather is glorious and the whole of Wysing is transformed into a vast research area for exploring contemporary art. Questions, popular in all the workshops, are proposed again using question discs alongside maps with provocations in the margins. Children lead the way and adults follow adding to the maps/leaving questions as they go.
The map provokes detailed observations and collaborative exploration. Questions include ‘why has amphis changed’ ‘what’s the metal thing in the field,’ and ‘why is this art?’
The shed/pod is ready and immediately taken over by a burst of creative energy. Names for this new space include ‘The Wooden Room, ‘A Place to do Art and Think’ and ‘Messy Messy.’ It becomes our base for the afternoon, from which families come and go, using the props, large red balls, reels and laminated scores to explore the site.
The phono cups are ever popular, with one family saying “the sound tube led us to look at more of the art areas.” The balls and reels are described as ‘fun,’ ‘bouncy’ and suitable to the scale of Wysing’s outdoor spaces, being ‘large things to roll around the space’.
Invented games/scores include using the phono-cups to “communicate to the universe” and “Become part of the exhibition by standing in front of the projector so your shadow is doing creative things. Someone can take a picture of your ‘artwork.’”
Again a sense of exploration and astonishment is conveyed through the feedback of one dad who says: “Normally I would just drive past … I just didn’t expect this to be here.” All want to come back for more.