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Make your mark on 2012

  • Date: 11 May 2012
  • Area: North
Digital image of a handprint

Handprint. Credit: Alastair Eilbeck

You can leave a lasting legacy to 2012 by signing up to the WE PLAY Challenge and becoming part of Handprint - an online artwork and a physical installation created by North West based new media artists Alastair Eilbeck and James Bailey.

WE PLAY Challenge is the North West's call to the public to get involved in London 2012 by coming together, through the Challenge, to share their experiences. As part of the online sign-up process to the Challenge, people are invited to submit a photo of their handprint - which will then become part of the innovative, living piece of art, Handprint.

Handprint weaves interactions from participants who sign up to the WE PLAY Challenge into a living and legacy artwork that promotes and captures people's connections with London 2012 in the North West. It visualises the networks and activities of each member of the online community and promotes collaboration and participation. The Challenge culminates in a massive interactive projection of Handprint in Preston from 7-9 September 2012, for WE PLAY Expo.

In its online form, Handprint is constantly growing and changing, personalised to every member of the WE PLAY Challenge community. Anyone can sign up to take part in the WE PLAY Challenge and to be part of the piece of art Handprint by visiting, where you can also find out about 2012 events happening across the North West.  

Once it begins to grow, Handprint will be available to see online at The activity and momentum created online will then feed into to the live installation that will allow both live and digitally linked up participants to directly influence large projected structures of handprints at WE PLAY Expo. Everyone is welcome at this three day celebration of the North West's contribution to London 2012 which is happening in Preston in September as part of the Preston Guild festival and during the final weekend of the Paralympic Games.

WE PLAY is the North West cultural legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. WE PLAY is a Legacy Trust UK funded project led by Arts Council England, North West on behalf of new regional partnerships.