PLAYING UP: A Live Art Game for Kids and Adults

Ongoing Project

PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

PLAYING UP was launched at Tate Modern, London, with a three day free public ‘play-in’ in the Turbine Hall on 1, 2 and 3 April 2016, followed by a major symposium on 4 April 2016 with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.  

“Kids are explorers of the everyday. For them to light a match can be something extraordinary that needs focus and time and creates an experience. The same is true for everyone who practices Live Art. For us kids are perfect accomplices. And in return Live Art can provide something that is essential to all of us, but especially to kids and their well being: the acknowledgement of their action and their thinking, the reassurance that everything counts, that everything can make a difference, the frame of beauty and reflection and the experience that we can set it up anytime and anywhere we want. PLAYING UP is a playful, hands-on introduction to Live Art for everyone.” Sibylle Peters, Theatre of Research

View the Playing Up dedicated website.

In an article for Arts Professional related to PLAYING UP, Liz O’Neill asks: Is ‘live art’ the perfect medium for intergenerational arts projects?.

Lyn Gardner has written an article about the PLAYING UP launch in the Guardian 

"Without a doubt one of the most important resources available for Live Art and young people IN THE WORLD." Robert Daniels, University of Chichester and Bootworks Theatre, 2017



Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, try bagism, make a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby through the city, remote control your parents, invent your own Live Art form of sports, search for miracles, walk through London with a map of Paris, invent an alter ego of the opposite gender, deconstruct electrical devices, and build what-happens-next-machines

PLAYING UP is a game played by adults and kids together. Players are presented with a pack of cards, organized using six different categories which cover different strategies of Live Art. Each card references a specific Live Art piece or event followed by an instruction to be carried out by the players. Players randomly select a card and then follow the given instructions. More details

Buy the PLAYING UP game on Unbound

PLAYING UP Public Play Ins

PLAYING UP public Play-Ins are an energetic and enjoyable game that involves kids and their accompanying adults working together as a team to complete activities and tasks in order to create their own work of Live Art. Individual activities last between 20 and 60 minutes and players can choose to do one or all of the artworks available throughout the duration of the event.

Look out for public play in’s of PLAYING UP across the UK -  previous events are featured below.

Playing Up Art Trolley
Summer Holiday activity for kids and adults to play together
Weekends 12 noon - 5pm, 5 August - 3 September 2017
Level 3 concourse of the Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, London, UK

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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Museums At Night
Saturday 20 May 2017
5.30pm - 10pm
Coventry, UK

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In Between Time 2017
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 February
Venue: Arnolfini
11am to 5pm
Bristol, UK

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PLAYING UP was featured at Beta Public 6, an event exploring the intersections of games and performance at Camden People's Theatre, London between the 8 and 10 November.

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Compass Festival
Saturday 19 November
Venue: Leeds City Museum
11am to 4pm
Leeds, UK

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SPILL Festival of Performance
Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October
Venue: SPILL Dome
1pm to 5pm
Ipswich, UK

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Hijack Children's Festival
Wednesday 26 October
Venue: Komedia
10am to 4pm
Brighton, UK

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Cambridge Junction
Sunday 25 September
Venue: J3
12 to 4pm
Cambridge, UK

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Latitude Festival
Saturday 16th July 2016
Venue: Live Art House
11am to 1pm
Suffolk, UK

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Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Friday 1 April 2016, 12-7pm
Saturday 2 April 2016, 12-7pm
Sunday 3 April 2016, 12-6pm
Free - turn up and take part 

PLAYING UP was launched with a three day public ‘play-in’, for kids and adults. Participants could take part as a team or on their own and Children Guides were there to welcome arrivals at the PLAYING UP desk. More details


PLAYING UP Symposium

Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London
4 April 2016
10am – 5.30pm
£15 (£10 concessions)
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The launch of PLAYING UP was marked with a major symposium with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Contributors include artists, researchers, curators and educators based in the UK and Germany. More details


Further Information 

PLAYING UP has been conceived and created by Sibylle Peters of Theatre of Research (Germany) and designed by David Caines. PLAYING UP is produced and published in a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency (LADA, UK), FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research (Germany), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK)Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut LondonPLAYING UP forms part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) supported by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. PLAYING UP, the game, has been designed by David Caines (with additional designs by Maja Bechert). Website by Alex Eisenberg



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