On the morning of Wednesday 4th June, 2015 a class of 30 from Clatford Primary School visited The Bureau of Exchange, a community pop-up shop devised and run by CAS artists over a period of 4 weeks.
Isaac Whitcombe who was undertaking his CAS Educational Project Residency at the school had planned a brief group conversation around the notion of ‘worth’, with a small exercise where different objects were explored according to different criteria of worth. This took place at The Bureau of Exchange in Andover town.
As part of the preparation for this workshop Isaac told me that this year the children learn about Thomas Gainsborough’s painting ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’. This, together with the difficulty to find broken toys, led me to suggest that we build a ‘Toyscape’.
No doubt the digital technology revolution has an effect on toys and the way children play today. “Will there be toys like these when you will be parents to kids your age?” I asked them.
I feel that this Toyscape may be a kind of small ‘memorial monument’ for toys the way we know them.
Perhaps instead of asking: what’s the value? the question now is where is the value? (Just a thought).
For more information about ‘Bureau of Exchange’ activities and events
visit the CAS website: www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/portfolio/boe
N.B. This page was updated in 2019 to put it all in the past tense 😉
Supported by: Test Valley Arts Foundation and Arts Council England Grants For The Arts 2015