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V&A Game Designer launches Ignite Dundee festival

8 May 2014

The V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence launched the Ignite Dundee festival today (Thursday 8 May) with a quick-fire demonstration of live game design.

Abertay University graduate Sophia George put a packed room through their paces, using materials from her upcoming game for the V&A to demonstrate the artistic, creative and design skills that are required for game development.

Ignite Dundee runs from 16-31 May and showcases the very best of Dundee’s creative talent.

The festival features degree shows, exhibitions, theatre, events and workshops and is a partnership between Abertay University; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Dundee – One City, Many Discoveries; Dundee Rep Theatre; Leisure & Culture Dundee; University of Dundee and V&A Dundee.


Sophia George, V&A Game Designer in Residence, said: “It’s very exciting to be back in Dundee for the development of my game, after six months in London working with the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 galleries for research.

“I was particularly inspired by William Morris textiles and am creating a game using his Strawberry Thief print. The game will be a playful celebration of his work, with the player travelling through iconic pieces, revitalising prints and co-creating beautiful artefacts.”

Sophia is working back at Abertay University, where she studied her postgraduate degree, to complete her game with the support of Abertay staff, V&A Dundee and local game studio Denki.

She added: “I’m really delighted to be part of the Ignite Dundee festival. Dundee is an incredible city of design and innovation, with two world-class universities and a thriving community of artists, designers and makers.

“Ignite Dundee is going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to meeting many more passionate, creative people during the festival.”

Stewart Murdoch, Director of Leisure & Communities at Dundee City Council, said: “Ignite Dundee is a perfect example of the city's rich cultural offering - collaboration, creativity and culture are all packed into a programme of fantastic events. We're lucky in Dundee to have festivals such as this the whole year round, giving us a packed artistic calendar.

“This is an exciting programme of activities that will appeal to many people across the city and visitors as well.”

For more information, please visit the Ignite Dundee website or search for the Twitter hashtag #IgniteDundee


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Ignite Dundee runs from 16-31 May and showcases the very best of Dundee’s creative talent.

The festival includes the best of Dundee’s emerging art and design talent at the Abertay University and DJCAD degree shows, and the Dundee and Angus College end-of-year show.

Exhibitions include the playful conceptual art of Navid Nuur at Dundee Contemporary Arts, a showcase of Scottish fine art photography at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, and new commissions from recent Scottish graduates at GENERATORprojects.

Events include the V&A Dundee lecture from pioneering digital design and culture organisation onedotzero, the Pecha Kucha Night of passionate micro-talks run by Creative Dundee, and a chance to make your own contemporary silver ring with jewellery collective Vanilla Ink.

Dundee Rep Theatre – home of the only full-time ensemble of actors in Scotland – is joining forces with Birmingham Rep Theatre to perform Alan Ayckbourn’s devastatingly funny, poignant play Woman in Mind for the festival.

For more information, please visit the Ignite Dundee festival website.

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