The Edge is a creation centre, where art is made and consumed in innovative and exhilarating ways.
Our programmes offer an active environment for people from all walks of life, fostering transformative and personal growth with a focus on educational, sensorial, emotional, intellectual and experiential activities derived from arts-centric approaches to cultural production.
Whether located at our building on campus or elsewhere, programmes are informed by our interface with core stakeholder the University of Bath and its disciplinary context. Twinned with this is our desire to inspire – and be inspired by – local communities in the region.
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The Brutalist Playground
- 27 June — 9 September 2017 *on now
Commissioned by the RIBA, The Brutalist Playground shines a light on the abstract concrete playgrounds designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century. Often made from concrete, such playgrounds were cast into housing estates such as Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; Seamount Court in Aberdeen and the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield in sculptural forms, presenting a distinct move away from previous playground design.
2015 Turner Prize winners ASSEMBLE and artist SIMON TERRILL have worked with RIBA curators to recreate these play structures in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive playground where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work while offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects’ original designs and intentions. Archive images of the original playgrounds are projected on the walls.
The Edge and the University of Bath are delighted to bring this family friendly exhibition to Bath for the first time during the University’s 50th Anniversary year. It’s the first of two exhibitions acknowledging the concrete origins of Bath’s 1960s campus which went on to incorporate buildings designed by celebrated architects of the era including proponents of British Brutalism Alison and Peter Smithson.
OPENING TIMES: TUES-SUN, 11AM-5PM (CLOSED MONDAY)
- 28 July — 9 September 2017 *on now
Alison and Peter Smithson are champions of the Brutalist style and architects of many University of Bath buildings.
In association with Museum of Bath Architecture’s Past, Present, Future Alison and Peter Smithson in Bath and In partnership with Curator Dr Amy Frost, Bath Preservation Trust.
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