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Game design explored at National Museum of Scotland

26 February 2015

Video games, art, design, music and theatre will collide at a free talk held at the National Museum of Scotland next Thursday (5 March) and jointly organised with Abertay University.

Game Changers, part of the events programme for the museum’s hugely popular Game Masters exhibition, will feature former V&A Game Designer in Residence Sophia George, Lucky Frame founder Yann Seznec, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Philippa Tomlin.

The speakers will discuss their inspirations, award-winning projects and aspirations for the future of game design, as part of the series of public events for the V&A Museum of Design Dundee’s Design in Motion travelling exhibition.

The free event has been organised by the National Museum of Scotland, V&A Dundee and Abertay University. The evening will be chaired by Chris Wilson of Abertay University.

Sophia George, who was the first ever Game Designer in Residence at the V&A, said: “Game design is a very exciting discipline, particularly when designers look to inspirations from other artforms. I love being surprised and delighted by projects that create something new from traditional source material or skills.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing a stage with Yann and Philippa, hearing more about their work that’s crossed over between games, music and theatre, and taking questions from the audience too.”

Lee McCulley, Learning Officer at National Museums Scotland, said: "We are delighted to host this fascinating event with such a strong panel, including two BAFTA winners, to talk about the future of games design and development from a Scottish perspective.

“It's a great fit with the themes of the Game Masters exhibition, which explores design and development in gaming over the last four decades, up to and including recent Scottish stories like that of Lucky Frame, founded by event panellist Yann Seznec."

Pamela Roberts, Learning Manager: Outreach & Communities for V&A Dundee, said: “Design in Motion, V&A Dundee’s first touring exhibition, is the catalyst for a range of events, talks and activity across Scotland. This event is particularly exciting for us as it highlights the relevance of game design in the wider cultural landscape.

“We have enjoyed working together with the National Museum of Scotland and look forward to collaborating with other museums and cultural venues across Scotland to showcase our extraordinary shared heritage and collections of design.”

Sophia George won a BAFTA Ones to Watch Award for her first game Tick Tock Toys, before being appointed as the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in Residence in 2012.

Her iPad game inspired by the work of William Morris has been downloaded over 60,000 times and is featured in V&A Dundee’s Design in Motion travelling exhibition.

Yann Seznec is a multi-talented artist, designer and musician whose work focuses on sound, music, physical interaction, games and instruments. He founded BAFTA award-winning creative studio Lucky Frame and created The Nightmare Cooperative, Gentlemen!, Bad Hotel and Wave Trip.

He performs music regularly, mainly with his brother Cory as the Seznec Bros as well as part of Matthew Herbert’s band.

Philippa Tomlin is Creative Learning Coordinator at the National Theatre of Scotland where she jointly led the creative direction of Other, the organisation’s first ever game.

Inspired by the UK stage premiere of Let the Right One In, Other is an augmented reality audio game where the real streets of Dundee are the game’s levels. Philippa is an experienced theatre maker and community workshop leader.

Game Changers is free but ticketed. The talk begins at 6.30pm, with the travelling gallery open from 6pm. Book your tickets online.


For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Abertay University Communications Manager) – T: 01382 308522 M: 07837 250284 E:


The event includes the opportunity to see the Design in Motion travelling gallery outside the venue from 6.00-8.30pm. Design in Motion is touring over 70 locations in Scotland between February and June this year.

The Game Masters exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland runs until 20 April 2015.

About the National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland reopened in summer 2011 following a three-year, £50m redevelopment. With over 6.5 million visitors since reopening, the National Museum of Scotland is the most popular attraction in the country outside of London according to ALVA figures. Work is underway on a further ten new galleries devoted to decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology which are due to open in 2016.

About V&A Dundee

V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee’s revitalized waterfront. It will host major exhibitions, celebrate design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage future design innovation. V&A Dundee will inform, educate and entertain but also explicitly, through its wider programmes inspire new creativity and innovation across Scotland.

V&A Dundee will have access to thousands of Scottish-related objects from the V&A’s world-renowned collection for its Scottish Design Galleries, supplemented by objects loaned from collections of national significance across Scotland and beyond. In parallel, the temporary exhibition galleries will host a variety of outstanding international touring exhibitions from the V&A each year.

V&A Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum – the world’s greatest museum of art and design – and Dundee City Council, the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Scottish Enterprise.

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