Squish Space

Soft play for children under 5

Squish Space

Discover, touch, play and learn in our new Squish Space.

A new multi-sensory adventure has arrived at the Barbican. Squish Space offers children a safe environment to experiment with versatile material giving them the freedom to redesign the space.

In this curiosity driven playground for the senses, children and their families will have the chance to connect through construction play.

Squish Space is produced by artists India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson in collaboration with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning. 

The Creators

Squish Space is produced by India Harvey & Lisa Marie Bengtsson in collaboration with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning. 

India is an artist, playworker and researcher. India’s current work is toward developing a kind of sociology of the senses based on participant’s interaction and intent when working with new and unusual materials.

Lisa is a designer and works across the disciplines and has a distinctive competence in the field of child culture and co-design with children. Lisa own company Form For Fun and her work focuses on interior, form and space for children’s play activities. 

Opening Times

Squish Space is open on the following weekdays from 10am–4pm: 

Monday 1 October 
Tuesday 2 October
Wednesday 3 October 
Thursday 4 October
Friday 5 October

Monday 8 October
Friday 12 October

Monday 15 October
Tuesday 16 October
Wednesday 17 October

Tuesday 23 October
Wednesday 24 October 
Thursday 25 October 
Friday 26 October

Monday 29 October 
Tuesday 30 October 
Wednesday 31 October

Please note more dates to be released throughout the year.

Collection: Creative Learning

Working to inspire, influence and create opportunities within the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds across east London, learn more about the work of our Creative Learning programme, in partnership with the Guildhall School

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