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LARPgarden: Play as Teaching and the Presence of Storytelling In a world where the lines between reality and fantasy are increasingly blurred, the art of LARP (live action role-playing) has become a powerful tool for exploring the potential of play as a form of teaching and storytelling. This was the premise of LARPgarden, a recent workshop series curated by myself. The series brought together three different artists—Lottie Brown, Cassie Ireland, and Biped—to explore the different ways in which LARP can be used to engage with academic, musical, performative, and material art practices. Brown's workshop, "LARP: Looking at Realities Philosophically," used clay and philosophy to explore the nature of reality, the role of play in our lives. Ireland's workshop, "LARP: Legendary Animal Roleplay," invited participants to create their own animal personas and explore the animal kingdom through the lens of LARP. And Biped's workshop, "LARP: Loose Audio Riddle Party," used sound and riddles to create a playful and immersive experience. The three workshops culminated in a collaborative event that combined live performance, music, and storytelling. The event was a celebration of the power of play to open up new ways of thinking, learning, and creating. LARPgarden is a timely reminder that play is not just a frivolous activity. It is a powerful tool that can be used to learn, to teach, and to create. In a world that is increasingly complex and uncertain, LARP offers a space for us to explore new possibilities and to imagine new worlds. All three workshops and the event were held at Dareshack, Bristol and were free to attend, aimed especialy at those that might otherwise struggle to access collaborative art spaces due to financial barriers. LARPgarden was supported by The Brunswick Club via the WEVAA Consortium fund.

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