Stephen Dann

Serious Play for Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Interactive Installations


30 kilos of Lego pieces.

Hourly challenges.

Guided playshops will be run in the curated space of the Ian Wark Theatre, Shine Dome to put a little focus on taking the Lego from toy to story. Participants will be introduced to the three dimensions of play, use and meaning-making necessary to make abstract Lego models into shared ideas. Shared pieces will form an emergent and emerging Lego sculpture, which either brings forth a Lego Voltron, Duplo Captain Planet or the best game of reverse Jenga in ages.

Play for Today is an interactive exhibit that supports and guides participants in creating abstract Lego art pieces - micromodels on small octagon Lego plates – that are used to express the participants answers to the prompt question “Who am I today?”, and which will be combined into a larger structural sculpture over the course of the Art Not Apart event.

The project will draw on the Lego Creativity Puddle which is currently weighing in at 30 kilos (and idly drifting upwards in scale and capacity). This equates to roughly 20,000 or more pieces of Lego, over 300 octagon base pieces, and quite the capacity to support a lot of people making abstract Lego art in the name of their self-identity.


Dr Stephen Dann is an academic marketer, Lego Serious Play practitioner, and wrangler of Lego bricks who travels the world to bring his style of playshop to wide range of audiences.

Years ago, he ventured to the Temple of Bricks in Legoland, to learn the ways of Lego Serious Play facilitation. Since then, he has run a combination of over two hundred workshops, several Lego art installations, and a whole lot of real time Lego activity which largely consists of letting other people play with his Lego stash in the name of ‘serious play’. He has facilitated Lego gallery exhibits in Canada and Australia, run playshops in the UK and New Zealand, and is part of the global #Brickmind network of Lego Serious Play facilitators, which gives him an annual excuse to pop over to Denmark’s Legoland to renew his Lego bending powers.

His workshops, playshops and performances bring audiences on a journey of discovery, learning, and quickly assembled models of Lego that come to life with stories, embedded meanings, and decidedly fabulous colour schemes. He has the distinct honour of owning a relentless amount of Lego that gets brought out to be used by other people, because toys worth caring about are toys worth sharing around a lot.


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Ian Wark Theatre

4:00 pm - 6:15 pm | Ian Wark Theatre