Now Play This / as part of Matheson Marcault / 2015-2019

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Now Play This is a festival of experimental game design which runs at Somerset House in London as part of the London Games Festival. The festival began as a small-scale prototype in 2015, and since then has expanded into a nine-day event with a different thematic focus each year.

Now Play This shows old and upcoming work from artists working with play and games in any field: videogames, board games, interactive installation, playful poetry, performance, architecture and more. We also commission new work.

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At the heart of the festival is a ticketed exhibition. Around this exhibition sit talks, workshops, a focused weekend with a conference looking at the making process of different playful work, and a range of free outdoor installations across the Somerset House site.

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Now Play This is supported by Arts Council England, Games London, Ukie, the British Council, and Somerset House. All photos from the 2019 festival, taken by Ben Peter Catchpole.