Now Play This started in 2015 as an experiment for us and for Somerset House. A way to show that games had already moved past the “but is it art” conversation and was forming complex interrogations into all sorts of spaces. Over the years we’ve grown from a couple of rooms and a couple of days, to an expansive nine day festival of games, workshops, talks, walks and a conference! Co-founded by Holly Gramazio and V Buckenham with support from Sophie Sampson and Jo Summers, the team has grown and changed over the years. Below you can see what it looks like now.

Team

Director – Sebastian Quack works at the intersection of play, participation and the politics of urban society, as artist, game designer and curator.

Exec Producer – Sophie Sampson is a producer of interactive projects (both physical, digital and those that combine the two) specialising in culture, history and play.

Producer – Nick Murray is a producer, composer and artist making interactive sonic and narrative work focusing on loss and digital cultures. This often takes the form of games, interactive poetry and performance.

Digital Producer – Jo Summers specialises in digital production and technology events. Jo has eight years experience of running a wide range of community and technology focused events, from concept to completion.

 

 

 

Board of Trustees

Now Play This is a Community Interest Company led by a Board of Trustees. Our trustees share responsibility for governing and directing the management of Now Play This,  working with the NPT team to lead the organisation in a conscientious and equal manner.

Emma Boulton is a cultural producer, artist, and international arts programmer.
V Buckenham is a designer and curator of games and playful events.
Marie Foulston is a curator and creative producer of radical exhibitions, installations and experiences made in collaboration with videogame designers and artists.
Holly Gramazio is a game designer, curator and writer, who founded Now Play This back in 2015.
Dan Hett is a cross-disciplinary digital artist, writer and games maker from Manchester
Laura James is an engineer and leader, who builds and grows responsible, sustainable and collaborative products and organisations, with a focus on emerging internet technologies.
Lynn Love is a lecturer and designer based at Abertay University in Dundee, UK with a passion for bringing people together through play whether digital, physical or somewhere in-between.
Darren Murphy is a program manager and digital strategist.
Hilary O’Shaughnessy spans game design and curation for international festivals of Play and and large scale Production of public play installations including leading the international Playable City Programme At Watershed.
Elle Osili-Wood is a video game presenter, journalist, and developer.