BELAY Event: Mastering The Art of Gaming - Every Day is Play

14.09.2014 to 14.09.2014

Sunday 14 September 2014, 11.30am – 4pm

In 2005 Graphic Designer and committed Video Gamer Matthew Kenyon embarked on a project to bring together the two great loves in his life: a passion for design and a love of gaming. What followed was an eight year labour of love which saw Matt gather together some of the greatest games designers, graphic artists, programmers and digital creatives from across the globe to create a unique book celebrating games culture. Working from his studio in Yorkshire, Matthew raised £35,000 through an online Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the self-published, limited edition, hard-backed book “Everyday is Play”. The result is a book for gamers, about gamers made by gamers. The book will arrive at his studio in The Art House in Wakefield at the end of August. Matthew is very excited!

Join Matthew at The Art House on Sunday 14 September as part of Long Division Festival to celebrate the launch of “Everyday is Play”. The event is a chance for gamers, artists and the general public to gather for an afternoon celebrating the imagination and art of video games. Meet Matthew and the rest of the team behind the book, enjoy a packet of Cheetos and a bottle of Coke (the staple diet of gamers), buy copies of the book, take a look around The Art House, jump onto a tour of The Old Drury Lane Library and get hands on with some classic video games – a chance to win signed box set copies of “Everyday is Play” if your name is top of the High Score board at the end of the afternoon.

This is a FREE, unticketed event where you can:

Play video games in The Art House foyer
See large-scale page layouts of pages from “Everyday is Play”
See The Art House’s Laser Cutter in action
Visit Matthew Kenyon’s studio
Buy copies of “Everyday Is Play” and other limited edition artwork
Take a look around The Art House’s facilities
Enjoy a packet of Cheetos and a bottle of Coke

12.00noon and 2.45pm - Q&A Sessions with Matthew Kenyon
Join Matthew Kenyon and some of the other creatives who contributed to “Everyday is Play” for an informal Q and A. Questions will cover how “Everyday is Play” came about, including the initial concept, gathering artwork, designing and producing the book, the trials and tribulations of self-publishing and a discussion of the Kickstarter campaign Matthew used to fund getting the book printed.

1pm – 2pm - Book signing
Have your copy of “Everyday is Play” signed by Matthew Kenyon.

1pm – 4pm - Old Library Tours, Drury Lane Library

The Art House are converting the Grade II Listed Drury Lane Library into 34 new artsists’ studios and public spaces. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get behind the scenes and see what’s happening behind the hoarding and the scaffolding.  

Tours at 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm – Spaces are limited to 12 people per tour. Please book your preferred slot with a member of The Art House team when you arrive. Please note, this is a tour of a working construction site. Dress code for site tours: sturdy shoes (no high heels or open toes); trousers must be worn (no shorts or skirts); hard hat and hi vis vest (which will be provided).

1pm - 4pm - Dreaming Methods: Experimental Narrative Games with One to One Development Trust

A unique opportunity to explore a series of highly-atmospheric digital fiction projects, presented through large scale projection. From a sprawling futuristic glass city under infinite surveillance to a barren rural landscape littered with mysterious stone carvings, expect interaction and immersion from these powerful works, created by Andy Campbell, Director of Digital Media at One to One Development Trust, in collaboration with other digital artists and writers.

Andy and collaborator Judi Alston also of One to One Development Trust will be available to talk to about Dreaming Methods.


This event is being staged by BELAY - The Art House's FREE Creative Mentoring Programme for artists living or working in Wakefield. As part of BELAY (which is funded by The European Regional Development Fund) The Art House is able to offer 121 Mentoring, a series a professional development workshops and access to peer support for Wakefield-based artists. If you are a games designer, digital artist or a budding creative enterprenuer, we'd love to chat with you about whether BELAY might be a good fit for you. 

For more information, take a look at the BELAY section of our website or contact Hannah Mason, Mentoring Programme Manager on 01924 312 000. 

Watch Matthew Kenyon’s Kickstarter Video here: http://bit.ly/1kKyYup