My name is Max Alexander, i’m an artist, writer and playworker living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. This site is focused around my experiences of and ideas on inclusive play for children, young people and adults. I work primarily with disabled children and young people in an adventure play setting but I can also be found making all sorts of spaces into playgrounds.
I created Play Radical to be a space to explore and share ideas about play, art and communication. It expect to see it change and grow and forever be unfinished. I want my practice to be accessible, exciting and fresh and I believe a big part of this is sharing thoughts and ideas;being transparent in my process. Ultimately I hope this is a starting point to connecting with many different people and sharing in the joy of play.
So have a snoop, a look, a read and maybe even say hi
thank you for reading
A photograph showing a large sheet of paper on the ground covered in different colours of paint. There is a small tyre in the corner with a bamboo pole through the centre which extends either side of the tyre to cover the width of the paper. The tyre is also covered in paint as it has been used to make marks on the paper
A drawing of two mountains and on top of each mountain is a simple human-like figure, they have long arms stretching across the gap between the mountains to hold each other’s hand. There is a large sun in the corner of the drawing which has the words “Be a Pal” written inside it.
A montage of four photographs of a parachute den play space. The first shows the den from a distance. You can see it is built from two colourful parachutes hung together creating a high sloping ceiling. A comfy blue mat pokes out from the den. The second shows the inside. There is a pile of story and fact books on the mat. Loose pieces of fabric a piled up and a small drum hangs from the ceiling. The third shows a upright board within the den which has been covered in paper for drawing. Assorted coloured pens lie on the floor and you can see there are lots of drawings that have been done including one which says “beware of zombies!”. The fourth is a close up of a drawing which says “yard” in a blue cloud with red hand drawn underneath
A montage of four photographs of a play space in a gym hall. The gym hall is filled with different structures and loose play items. The first shows large cardboard tubes standing on edge with colourful balls balanced on top. The second shows a bunch of colourful balls in a bag of bubble wrap attached to a cardboard tube. The third shows a close up of a blue net with balls trapped underneath. A beach ball and a cardboard tube structure are in the background. The fourth shows a long shot of the space. You can see all the various pieces and their positions in the hall.
. A drawing of a Venn diagram with three circles. The title is “Expression”. The circles are labelled “Emotional”, “vocal” and “physical”. The middle of the diagram where all the circles meet is labelled “laughter”.
A photograph of a man with pink hair and glasses. He is wearing a black suit with a skeleton on it. He has a teddy bear attached to him by pieces of fabric. His wrists are linked to the Teddy’s wrists, his ankles to the Teddy’s ankles and a piece of fabric loops round his neck to support the Teddy’s head.
[photo shows a sculpture made up of large cardboard tubes. It’s held together by elastic running through the tubes. It’s a geometric structure with a lot of triangles making up its shape]