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Earlham Early Years students celebrate the Art of Outdoor Play at special film screening

Students from the Earlham Early Years Centre, Norwich will feature in a short film celebrating the children’s creativity, energy and cooperation. Made in collaboration with artists and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts the film will premiere at the nursery on Friday 19 September.

The short film has been made as part of the Art of Outdoor Play project which saw artists and staff from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts spending ten days in the garden of Earlham Early Years Centre with students over the summer.

Earlham Early Years Educator Jayne Leveridge, artist Lawrence Bradby and Sainsbury Centre Education Officer Nell Croose Myhill worked together to design a series of artistic interventions.

These were sculptural and tactile objects that prompted the children to make journeys through their garden environment in a different way. Film-maker Matthew Robinson filmed the children’s creative interactions with the interventions and created the film.

Commenting on the project Steph Harding, Head of Nursery said “ Lawrence and Nell introduced items into the natural environment which stirred the curiosity of the children and encouraged them to use the garden in a different way. Having an artist’s view of what children might be learning and what their responses reflected gave the educators a different perspective and stimulated new ideas for us all.”

Guided by the staff of Earlham Early Years, the artists and Sainsbury Centre staff learnt about the innovative approach to outdoor play. Within the carefully supervised setting of the garden, children were encouraged to develop their independence, learn about managing risk, and follow their curiosity with regards to the natural world.

The film premieres on Friday 19 September at 11:30am-1:30pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm and is open to all children and parents currently at Earlham Early Years Centre and to children who were at the Centre until summer 2014.

A second screening, accompanied by a creative activity will take place in the Education Studio at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in October.

The Art of Outdoor Play was funded by the EU as part of TAP (Time and Place) funded as part of Interreg IV (A) cross-channel initiative, designed to stimulate cross-border co-operation and explore shared culture and heritage and landscape.