Bristol’s SCRAPBOOK exhibition documents St Paul’s Adventure Playground

A new black and white photography exhibition, entitled SCRAPBOOK, is coming to Bristol in September.

Set to launch at St Paul’s Adventure Playground on 4-6 September, the upcoming exhibition has been created by local artist Esther May Campbell and the children who attended a weekly photo club in the area. The images will be displayed on poster boards throughout Bristol for the rest of the month. An accompanying book will also be made available, featuring images that focus on themes of play, discovery and imagination.

SCRAPBOOK is a testament to the infinite qualities of mucking around,” Campbell said. “It is a portal into the telling world of child’s play, upside/downing, risk, creation, kinship, destruction, art, and story as the world keeps on spinning.”

“The photo club became a diary of changing times. Our first session coincided with Strike for Climate Justice (led by school children),” she added.

“Over the months of lockdown there was an arson attack on the playground, Black Lives Matter brought people into the centre and the statue of Edward Colston came down. During these times we made the book and curated the exhibition.”

In April, the much-loved community playground was damaged in an arson attack, which burnt the play structures. A Crowdfunder raised over £35,000 to help restore the space.

Check out images from the exhibition below, and head here for further information.