PLAYING UP is artwork exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations in the form of a game played by adults and kids together.


“In a time of political apathy, particularly among young people squeezed through the sausage machine of education with so much emphasis on league tables and so little on creativity, and when both schools and parents are increasingly risk adverse, PLAYING UP offers the tools to take risks, wrest back agency and question power relationships. All while having fun and making art.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, April 2016
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Play PLAYING UP with family and friends, with neighbours, at school, or for professional research:

Anyone can buy PLAYING UP for only £12 and play it on evenings, weekends and holidays.

PLAYING UP is also recommended for schools as a playful, hands-on introduction to Live Art. In fact, PLAYING UP Clubs are already beginning to spread.

To experience Live Art from a children’s point of view allows for a fresh and direct approach to the area of practice in general. PLAYING UP can therefore also be read as an introduction to Live Art suitable for all ages, and used as a tool for study and experimentation in many different contexts of research and education.

Play PLAYING UP with us:

Cultural organisations such as museums, galleries, theatres or festivals can engage with PLAYING UP as the basis for a public family programme.

A three day public play-in at Tate Modern, London and a one-day public play in at Buzzcut Festival, Glasgow, which both took place in April 2016, already show a range of possibilities from large to small scale events.

The Live Art Development Agency and the Theatre of Research can advice you on devising an event for your own programmes, and have trained a small team of PLAYING UP Ambassadors to help you run an event.

If you are interested in hosting a public play-in, please contact LADA to find out about your options!  

PLAYING UP is produced and published by the Live Art Development Agency (UK), FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research (Germany), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK), Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, with the support of the Goethe-Institut London and the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).