Tŷ Pawb, in Wrexham, is a cultural community resource, bringing together arts and markets in the same place. Tŷ Pawb hosted a Play-Work exhibition which saw the gallery transformed into an interactive playscape. 

The exhibition took a closer look at how Wrexham’s adventure playgrounds have made a difference to the lives of local children and their families. It incorporated a live loose parts adventure playground designed by Wrexham playworkers in partnership with Ludicology and artist Morag Colquhoun, functional push cart artworks by Gareth Griffith and an extensive documentary archive. 

Five-year-old Archie, who attended the exhibition on many occasions, tells us what it was like. 

I’ve been playing at the Tŷ Pawb Exhibition. It’s the best exhibition I’ve ever been to! I think it was really good and there were lots of great things to do there. 

I liked jumping on the crash mat, going in the go-karts and pushing my brother in one too. It was a go-kart made from junk materials. When I was pushing it, it went really fast and I let it go and it crashed into one of the walls! 

We got to make stuff when we were there. I liked making cardboard houses. We could go inside them because we cut doors in them, but mine was really dark inside so I had to cut out a couple of windows, too. 

There was a wooden climbing frame with a little hidden den and it had some musical tubes and when I tried to make music out of them they didn’t work. But I found a little stick hiding in the sand and I hit them and they went ‘bom-bom-bom-bom’. 

There was loads of sand on the floor. Yeah, loads! I made sandcastles and holes going under it. And there were parts that were higher up off the ground. Really high up off it! There were wooden things, pallets, they are called. They stacked them really big and they made a wooden ramp and they attached a wooden thing into it and they went ‘bump-bump-bump’ to the top. And then, when we were walking on the bit where we walk, it went higher and higher but you didn’t notice. So, when I was ready to jump the first time I went ‘Wow! I want to do this!’ and then I jumped off and I think I did a summersault and landed on my feet. I don’t know if I actually did but I had fun trying! 

I wish another one will come again. Another exhibition like it but not all the same, with different climbing frames and hiding spots and dens.