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Introducing the new Artists In Residence at Milton Keynes Arts Centre

31st Oct 2019

Together, artists India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson are integrating their practices to expand and challenge themes surrounding childhood and play. Through collaborations with local communities in Milton Keynes, they aim to investigate the modern idea of artificially creating a space for play. Offering workshops to facilitate user-led research models, compiling different perspectives on play as a tool to strengthen bonds within a community. As a result of the research, artists and communities will co-design and create an interactive space for visitors of all ages and abilities at Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

India Harvey is a London based installation and interaction artist and researcher whose work explores the possibilities of having multiple, distinct and complex relationships with the varied fabric of our lived environments: exploring how these relationships express themselves and how we may be able to relate to others’ through shared exposure to unusual materiality. India’s practice has a particular focus on neurodiversity, child cultures, inclusion and access, seeking to create spaces that enrich perceptual, cognitive and multisensory experiences of art by granting participants permission to interpret and understand on their own terms.

Lisa Marie Bengtsson is a Swedish artist, multi-disciplinary designer and pedagogue based between London and Gothenburg. Her primary focus is in the field of child culture and co-production with children. With a BA in product & furniture design and an MFA in child culture design from HDK in Gothenburg, Lisa has developed a practice that explores the relationship between her intuitively process-led work and participants’ interactions as a result. Her interest in design for children’s environments are translated in various ways throughout her work, this often has an outcome as spatial design, interactive exhibitions or workshops within cultural institution. Throughout her work, a strong emphasis on the potential for children’s self-expression can be found.

Common Ground with India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson runs from October 2019 – January 2020. There is a free family workshop on 2 November – book here.

Common Ground is Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programme supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Image: Whatever the Weather © India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson.

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