The Function Schmunction playground is a space for people of all ages and experiences to come play, explore and enjoy. You can roll around in the endlessly deflating ball pit, nest in a hideaway, commune with pebbles and sticks, entertain yourself with your own voice and find new ways to dive into your senses. There is no right way to play here, your play is welcome!
The space has been designed and created by autistic play worker and artist Max Alexander and informed by playing with and alongside many other autistic children, young people and adults. It is primarily a space to celebrate the joys of autistic and neurodivergent play but we invite all who are curious and open to come and join us.
There are currently no sessions available to sign up to. When there are, we will share them here and you’ll be able to book using an online booking form. We’ll also share these via our mailing list, which you can sign up to at the bottom of this page.
Max Alexander is a play worker, visual artist and consultant who specialises in working with children and young people who are disabled and/or have additional support needs. Max has ten years’ experience working with this population across school, playground, and community settings.
Max’s experience includes 5 years as Playworker at The Yard in Edinburgh, and at Artlink Edinburgh where he has worked for the past 3 years delivering 1-to-1 personalised play and art sessions for young people excluded from mainstream arts activities.
Max creates and co-creates spaces for play, exploration, and connection with a focus on neurodivergent joy and ways of relating. Max is passionate about access to artistic, playful, and creative experiences for neurodivergent and disabled individuals and the idea of beautiful creative accessibility is central to his work. You can learn more about Max at playradical.com.
Function Schmunction is a project developed by Glasgow-based Artist and Playworker Max Alexander as part of the Sensory Collective.
Sensory Collective is a 21-month long project exploring sensory arts practice across Scotland for Autists, people with PMLD and those living with Dementia. It is an Independent Arts Projects (IAP) project and 1 of 26 participative arts projects supported by Culture Collective and funded by Scottish Government emergency Covid-19 funds through Creative Scotland.
Independent Arts Projects (IAP) works with some of Scotland’s most talented and innovative artists and theatre makers to develop, produce and tour a programme of productions, arts projects, events and opportunities for people across Scotland and beyond. www.independentartsprojects.com