Wiggle Wonderland: new installation explores children’s rights and dreams for the future
A new touring pavilion provides children with a space to explore their ideas about future cities.
Wiggle Wonderland is a collaboration between 2015 BA Architecture: Spaces and Objects, Central Saint Martins (CSM) graduate Beau McCarthy, and artist Lucy Grainge.
Created for the London Festival of Architecture 2022 (LFA), the pavilion is in St Giles Square until Sunday 10 July 2022.
Inspiration and creation
The pavilion was designed in response to a growing need for spaces that promote a sense of togetherness.
Beau and Lucy’s aim was to create an unconventional platform for people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to gather and express themselves; “we wanted to platform the voices of children and young people, to give them the space to creatively express their dreams and hopes for the future of their city and beyond, to a global audience.”
The open-air gallery is a joyful celebration of the power of art to bring together communities, with the ability to host live performances, exhibitions and workshops.
The timber-frame and modular beams mean it can be adapted by each new community or artist who hosts it.
The current exhibition includes 57 posters, created by schoolchildren during workshops run by Wiggle Wonderland. Submissions also came from community arts groups, as well as an open call.
The Wiggle Wonderland was first launched in 2021 supported by Arts Council England and Brainchild Festival. The London Festival of Architecture 2022 installment and workshop programme is supported by Almacantar.