Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

To Infinity and beyond as Kids Rip Up Rule Book; Plenty of Grown-Up Art Gets Shown at Baltic but This Easter the Kids Are Getting Togged Up for Interactive Fun, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

To Infinity and beyond as Kids Rip Up Rule Book; Plenty of Grown-Up Art Gets Shown at Baltic but This Easter the Kids Are Getting Togged Up for Interactive Fun, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

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Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE

SOME people say the art at Baltic is hard to understand - but try telling that to the kids getting stuck into Infinity Pitch this Easter holiday.

Just looking at this new exhibition spread across Baltic's big Level 4 gallery is an invitation to get creative. It's all in primary colours - and green, which isn't a primary colour as it's made by mixing yellow and blue - and it looks like the set of a joyous children's TV programme.

It is called Infinity Pitch but it has an inviting multi-coloured sub-title - Play By Your Own Rules.

At the weekend, visiting children needed no further incentive, putting on the brightly coloured protective clothing - including hats, boots and dungarees - to explore the "creative stations". Infinity Pitch follows The Playground Project, which took place at Baltic two years ago and delighted young visitors with its slides and softplay attractions.

This new exhibition was conceived by Glasgow-based artists Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi and put together by a bunch of collaborators.

The idea, they say, is to make, break and remake the rules of play.

Nadia Rossi said: "Infinity Pitch has been a really exciting opportunity for us to activate a huge space at Baltic. Using inflatables and DIY action stations we've mapped out a set of ideas, but the takeover will really be made by those who visit, shaping and directing the activity.

"We hope to incite a sense of freedom, play and dynamism throughout the gallery, generating a feeling of ownership of this public space as it transforms and evolves by the everyday actions of those within it."

There's a placard-making station, where visitors can write their own Infinity Pitch attractions, and there's also a pathway-making station where they can map their way around the space by making marks on the gallery floor and walls. …

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