NVM Announces Playing with Power project

New project supported by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will work with the local community to make a game!

The National Videogame Museum is delighted to announce that it is being supported by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund for its new project: Playing with Power. This support will allow the museum to continue growing and innovating, as we continue opening post-lockdown.

Playing with Power is a 12-month residency project in which a group of 40 local co-producers will work in collaboration with an Artist-in-Residence to create a body of work to be shared online. The residency will result in the co-creation of a videogame and videogame assets which will become part of the National Videogame Museum’s permanent collection, with the full creative process documented via our website and social media. Within the residency participants will explore, document and share their experiences and feelings about identity and representation, working with the Artist-in-Residence around the theme of folklore. Every culture has heroes in their folklore which people look to for inspiration and which have inspired many videogames. But most of these remain inspired by standard character types, situations and stories.

The Playing with Power project wants to explore what happens when you shine a light on the folktales from underrepresented cultures within Sheffield and re-imagine them as a videogame. The residency will engage audiences interactively throughout and integrate their responses to make this project part of a wider community both during and after its co-creation.

Alongside the Playing with Power project, the fund will support 13 other museums across the UK, including Birmingham Museums Trust, The Great North Museum and The Novium Museum in Chichester, amongst others.

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UKRI, said: 

“Museums play a vital role in bringing communities together; they help us to understand our  past and imagine a better future.  

“This investment will bring diverse, underrepresented voices into museums to share their  experiences, so that new audiences benefit from our outstanding museums and museums  benefit from different perspectives.

“Coming together as a society to learn and discover new things is a key part of our cultural lives,  and the recipients of this funding will help to facilitate this in novel and exciting ways.”

Find more information on the Digital Innovation and Engagement fund here.