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Games festival shines a light on diversity

ANTICIPATED: London Games Festival

LONDON GAMES Festival 2018 will launch a new exhibition of work by UK games creatives from BAME backgrounds this April.

Ensemble highlights the significant contribution BAME creatives have made to the UK’s games culture at every level, focusing on up to eight artists and delving into their work.

The exhibition aims to inspire the next generation of game develop- ers from all backgrounds, offering a fresh angle on game development as a creative process. It will also showcase how diverse talents and perspectives are vital for building more diverse digital worlds and creating the games of the future.

The London Games Festival has enlisted Sharna Jackson to curate Ensemble. Jackson has a wealth of experience in digital initiatives within arts and culture, and has held roles at Tate, Design Museum, The Broad in LA and the Royal Collection Trust and consulted for National Maritime Museum, Museum of Childhood, V&A and Science Museum.

She is a trustee at Shef- field Doc/Fest, New Writing North and Upswing, and a non-executive director at Bright Little Labs.

“Important work is being created by minorities, and it’s imperative to highlight these achievements and to encourage and support the next generation of talent as they emerge. The show foregrounds the importance of diversity, by demonstrating its significance in the creation of intoxicating worlds for everyone,” Jackson said.

The initiative is supported by the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Ensemble will be unveiled during the London Games Festival, which runs from April 5-15, across the capital, before touring key games clusters in the UK.

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