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London Art & Design Museum Appoints First Ever Games Designer

Published June 2, 2013 by |
Sophia George V&A

London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum has appointed its first ever games designer.

Sophia George, former student at the University of Abertay, will be joining the art and design museum for a six-month residency starting this October.

During her tenure as Games Designer in Residence, George, 22, will be tasked with creating a game to promote the long-established attraction, in addition to holding workshops with museum visitors to highlight videogames’ cultural significance.

The V&A’s residency programme is in place to provide designers, artists, writers, makers, and musicians with a studio in the Museum, typically for six months — this is the first time a games designer has joined the programme. Artists in Residence are expected to contribute workshops, lectures and gallery talks to the Museum’s learning programme along with hold sessions where visitors can meet them in their studios and view and discuss their work.

Prior to her appointment at the V&A, George has been busy completing her Masters in Games Development at the University of Abertay, releasing iOS puzzler Tick Tock Toys and picking the 2012 BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

Talking about her selection at the museum George said:

“The V&A is leading the way by embracing computer games as a creative activity and by opening up its collection for interpretation by a game designer. It’s a huge challenge, but one I absolutely can’t wait to get started on.”

Ruth Lloyd, V&A Residency Co-ordinator, added:

“We are delighted that Sophia George has been selected. Sophia has endless creative ideas for developing new work in response to the collections and for an exciting public programme. We think this will let game designers know that the V&A are seriously interested in their craft, engage a new public in this important industry and explore how our collections can be used for creative game design research.”

It is expected that George’s game for the V&A museum will be released during the summer of 2014.