Squish Space

Sensory play for children under five

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

We are delighted to announce that we are extending the Squish Space residency, bringing a new season of play to the space in June 2019 and continuing our work with Squish Space creators India Harvey & Lisa Marie Bengtsson until spring 2020. 

In this new season of Squish Space, Lisa & India invite you to explore the possibility that play has no beginning or end, instead we are constantly engaged in the flow of interaction and exchange with children at play. Squish Space will be filled with items that help adults and children explore the communication of play together, as the season progresses we expect the space evolve with new activities exploring interaction, collaboration and the urgency of play. 

Please note Squish Space has limited capacity and is busiest between 11am–12pm each day, especially on Friday mornings. Visitors may experience a wait at peak times.

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

Free, drop in

Opening times

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

Monday 25th November (open 1pm-4pm)
Wednesday 27th November
Thursday 28th November
Friday 29th November

Thursday 5 December
Friday 6 December

Monday 9 December
Tuesday 10 December
Wednesday 11 December
Thursday 12 December 
Friday 13 December

Monday 16 December
Tuesday 17 December
Wednesday 18 December
Thursday 19 December
Friday 20 December

Please note more dates to be released throughout the year. 

Friday mornings feature Rhyme Time from 11.30-12pm, hosted by the Barbican Children’s Library.

Squish Space – Season Launch

Level G Studio
Wednesday 30 October

In this next season of Squish Space, Lisa and India have responded to how children and adults have used the room over the last 14 months. The space has been adapted to play with scale, colour, and reflections, referencing the difference in spacial, visual and tactile experiences of adults and children, and how simple interruptions in interior architecture can support intergenerational imaginative and locomotor play. Some items and materials from previous seasons will be included along with some new additions to support accessible, silly, immersive, sensory routes into play, continuing Lisa and India's research into collaboratively developing inclusive play prompts.

Level G Studio