[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
For immediate release: Friday 25 January
The V&A, London, V&A at Dundee and the University of
Abertay Dundee announce an exciting opportunity for Games Designers
to spend a six-month research period at the V&A, London
followed by a period at Abertay University developing new work in
response to the V&A’s collections. The residency has been
organised in collaboration with the Association for UK Interactive
Entertainment (UKIE), the games industry body.
Proposals are invited from UK-based digital games designers who
wish to develop their design practice by working with the
V&A’s collections, notably works in the Britain 1500
– 1900 galleries, and through public engagement activities.
The V&A Residency will be based in London for a six-month
period (October 2013 to March 2014) followed by a production period
in Dundee, supported by V&A at Dundee partners, to take place
before the end of July 2014.
The residency provides a monthly bursary and budget for
materials and equipment as well as studio space. A team drawn from
the V&A’s staff, Abertay University and an industry
mentor will provide support throughout the project.
Ruth Lloyd, V&A Residency Co-ordinator, said:
‘Games design is a growing industry in the UK and Britain
is now one of the leaders in the world in this field. It is a
highly skilled form of design that requires both creative and
scientific skills. The V&A’s first games design residency
is an exciting opportunity for the Museum to recognise and support
this form of design and will offer a games designer access to
specialist expertise as well as use of the V&A’s
extraordinary collections as creative inspiration to produce new
Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at
Abertay University, said:
‘The V&A’s first ever games design residency is
an incredibly exciting opportunity for designers in the early or
middle stages of their career. We’re delighted to see the
world's greatest museum of art and design and the V&A at Dundee
both embrace the enormous creativity and cultural importance of
Notes to Editors
Full details for applying are available at
deadline for applications is 8th February.
The Games Design residency is in collaboration with The
Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE).
About the V&A
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and
design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It
was established to make works of art available to all and to
inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the
V&A’s collections, which span over 2000 years of human
creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the
world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.
V&A Residency Programme
The V&A has three Residency Studios, two multi-disciplinary
studios and a third studio, for ceramics, situated within the
Ceramics Galleries. The Residency Programme is integral to Learning
Programmes at the Museum. Past Residents have gone on to achieve
significant success in their professional careers, winning prizes
and securing gallery representation.
About V&A at Dundee
V&A at Dundee will be the first ever purpose-built design
museum to be constructed in the UK outside London. It will provide
more than 1700 square metres of gallery space and will be one of
the largest dedicated exhibition spaces in Scotland. The galleries
will host world-class exhibitions of international design,
alongside displays devoted to outstanding Scottish design –
historical, contemporary and of the future.
V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a
ground-breaking partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum
- the world's greatest museum of art and design - and Dundee City
Council, the Universities of Dundee and Abertay Dundee, and
Scottish Enterprise. The new building is being designed by a team
led by architects Kengo Kuma & Associates.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded it a first round pass of
up to £9.2m, including £200,000 development funding, in
May 2012. The Scottish Government has committed £15m in
capital towards the project’s £45million budget.
About Abertay University
Abertay University launched the world’s first computer
games technology degree in 1997, and runs both the UK Centre of
Excellence for Computer Games Education and the international game
design contest Dare to be Digital. A unique partnership with BAFTA
makes Dare the exclusive pathway to the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award,
a major recognition of up-and-coming games talent. The University
also runs the Abertay University Prototype Fund to support start-up
and small digital developers across the UK. Abertay has the highest
number of Skillset accreditations for computer games courses as
well as holding full Skillset Media Academy status.