The Playground Art of Maggie Hargreaves

Also in Sheffield, I was introduced to the work of Maggie Hargreaves, who had just won the 2014 Ruskin Prize for drawing.  Her work Changing Spaces II, depicting a play platform in decay, was hanging at the Millennium Gallery, which I thought was brilliant for using the architectural language of a mall to draw the public into the space of an art gallery.  Changing Spaces II is a large (150×220 cm)  intensely detailed charcoal drawing, which you can own for just £1200!  (I was sorely tempted, but alas, the scientific start-up must come first for now).

Maggie’s other works, particularly a series entitled “Let Them Play”,  relate well to the natural play movement in their commentary on the place of children in nature.


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