Walkthrough and Artist Talk: Assemble + Schools of Tomorrow

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Join us for a walkthrough and a conversation between Jane Hall, a founding member of Assemble, and Lisa Jacques, Nottingham Contemporary's Learning Programme manager about The Place We Imagine.

More than three years in the making, The Place We Imagine by Assemble together with Schools of Tomorrow of Nottingham Contemporary brought Bo Bardi’s vision to life. Inspired by the architect’s now-famous drawing, this ambitious project realised a series of large-scale play sculptures, one of which was developed in dialogue with children from three local schools.

At each school, Assemble worked closely with a resident artist and children over time to explore themes around play. Children’s actions, ideas and responses were at the heart of this conversation; Assemble have created a design for and by the city’s children.

In this conversation, Jane Hall and Lisa Jacques will talk about the genesis of this project, the process of their collaboration, and the ongoing and upcoming activities surrounding the exhibition. They will touch upon the importance of play in childhood as well as how to amplify the voices of children in designed environments.


5:30-6:00pm: The Place We Imagine walkthrough in the Galleries

6:30-8:00pm: In-conversation between Jane Hall and Lisa Jacques in the Space

About the event


Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

The duration of the event is two and a half hours. Seated.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will take place in The Space and is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Safety during your visit

Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing.

Staff and visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask in all areas (unless medically exempt).

You can find more details about how we're keeping everyone safe here.

Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010, Assemble has developed a co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales – both making things and making things happen. In 2015, they won the Turner Prize, the first architects to do so.

Schools of Tomorrow is a 4-year learning and research programme funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which places artists in residence at eight local schools. Together, artists Gillian Brent, Laura Eldret, Peter Rumney, Sian W Taylor and Charlotte Tupper, alongside teachers, develop approaches to supporting creativity in and beyond the classroom through a process of action-led enquiry. Assemble linked with three of our partner schools to develop a play structure.

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