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Art + Play: Installations, festivals and workshops 

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Consultancy, talks, research and training 


School Improvement
OPAL Mentor | West Midlands

A collaborative multi-artform studio practice, we develop family focussed art and play interventions, that centre play and nature connection. Our most recent work has included: Growing Up Green, Art + Play Packs with Smethwick Foodbank, FLOW Children's Biennial, Balsall Heath Play Kitchen, Pocket Garden + Wormery and the Balsall Heath Play Street. 

We are currently working with Rosehill Theatre in Cumbria to imagine a new kind of family arts programme, where families can be together and feel nourished. Our first step is to engage artists who are curious to design intergenerational creative spaces of welcome  and sanctuary for local families.

OPAL is an award-winning, mentor supported school improvement programme that addresses all the areas that schools must plan for if they want to strategically and sustainably improve the quality of their play opportunities.


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Films, Videos + Podcasts 

Research + Impact 

Our approach is deeply rooted in research and driven by our commitment to creating meaningful impact.

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Read the FLOW Final report here. 

FLOW was a festival of bold and imaginative arts and culture made with, by and for

children in Birmingham and Sandwell, produced and curated by The Parakeet for

the Birmingham 2022 Festival.






Read a Case Study on ROAM here.

The tenacity of childhood and nature both have dogged determination for life,

free play simply must be made possible within the landscape of childhood; our children’s

wellbeing, development and happiness depends upon it.




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