Haldon Programmes

April-September 2012

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6 April-30 September 2012

Games People Play: Round 1

Games hold a mirror to civilisation; they build bonds, trust and strengthen social relationships.

For the Cultural Olympiad, CCANW explored – through a range of exhibitions and activities that were participatory and fun – what games can tell us about ‘human nature’; and how a deeper understanding of the advantages of cooperation can help us all to address the needs of the planet at this time.

View of Games People Play banners by Northbank (sculpture by David Nash in foreground). Photo Chris Lewis.


The first part of the exhibition showed a selection of remarkable early board games – most of which could be played – which were intended as guides to moral improvement or general knowledge, war games devised by Guy Debord and H.G.Wells, and documentation of unusual local games, past and present.

Introductory panel by Northbank

General view of Games People Play Round 1 exhibition. Photo Chris Lewis.

As part of our Games People Play programme we also highlighted unusual heritage sports and games in the South West. Click here for a calendar of these games throughout the year.

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An area of the gallery was reserved for visitors to try out wooden board games and to borrow outdoor games equipment.

Games area. Photo Chris Lewis

Participants at the Holi Spring Festival event. Photo courtesy of Johanna Korndorfer.
  • 17 April: Games leaders recruitment
  • 18 April: Twilight Teachers’ Workshop
  • 7 May: Drawing Haldon’s Birds workshop with artist Mike Langman
  • 6 June: Forestability Games
  • 19-21 June: Home and the World summit. Dartington Hall
Charlotte Rathbone leading a soil tasting event at Home and the World. Photo Clive Adams.
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