A new understanding of the role of playing together in public spaces is stimulating a range of projects and developments that seek to connect game culture with community life. The panel will share their perspectives on public play from the perspectives of design, academia, public policy and cultural curation. Can public play have a lasting beneficial impact on communities? If so, of what kind?
Hannah Nicklin is an emerging theatre artist from the East Midlands. Her life consists of three main areas of interest; the arts, the digital world, and eco/feminist/political activism. She is currently undertaking a PhD with practice in Theatre and Digital Technology at Loughborough University
Kate Kneale is the director of Marine Studios, a Community Interest Company based in Margate, Kent. It is a creative hub, committed to supporting artistic practice and enabling cultural participation.
Shan Maclennan is Creative Director, Learning and Participation at the Southbank Centre.
John Newbigin is Chair of Creative England, and was previously Chair of the RSA network Screen England. He is a freelance journalist and strategic consultant for the cultural industries.