Now Play This 2021 - Open Call
Now Play This will be returning to Somerset House in Spring of 2021 as part of London Games Festival.

For this new edition we’re once again opening up a call for playful makers and creators to tell us about their work.

We are looking for games (digital, non-digital or mixed), installations, playful activities and workshops in a variety of formats and expressions. To learn more about the range of works we are looking for you can view the line up from past festivals here: nowplaythis.net/history/

Please do take a moment to review the form before completing it.

The submission deadline for the open call will be 11:59 PM GMT on 5th January.
Festival Theme for 2021
The 2021 edition of Now Play This is investigating the relationship between play, games and the escalating climate crisis.

We are looking for games (digital, non-digital or mixed), installations, playful activities and workshops in a variety of formats and expressions. This may include work that...

– touches upon the challenges of agency, protest, cooperation, justice or explores other political, social or natural dynamics feeding into the climate crisis
– envisions sustainable ways of relating to each other and to the environment
– reflects on their own use of resources or on how games culture is complicit in the crisis

Alongside works for the exhibition, we are keen to receive proposals for works that take place outside in the public spaces around Somerset House, making creative use of existing features of the urban landscape, or exploring the social interactions between players and/or passers-by.
Key Details
– We strongly welcome submissions from marginalised and underrepresented creatives within games and playful art.
– The festival pays a honorarium for exhibited projects and provides all hardware required to display (where applicable). We can also cover any additional expenses required to showcase work.
– Creators are not required to attend the festival for their work to be presented, and we are actively seeking to reduce the travel associated with festivals like ours. If a work is dependent on your presence, e.g. an outdoor workshop, then we will cover limited train travel and accommodation expenses. We are open to working with you on realising your submission without your presence on site, either by you running your work online/remotely, by you sending materials or instructions that can be followed by facilitators and/or players, or by other creative means.
– We will respond to all submissions by late January. Due to the volume of submissions we receive we sadly cannot provide individual feedback.
Submission Questions
Name of creator, company or collective *
Email *
Link to creator, company or collective's website
Title of work (or collective title of works) *
Please briefly describe the work *
Please outline how the work meets the theme of play and the climate crisis *
What is the duration of the work? *
If duration is not relevant, e.g. for a photograph, please mark N/A
Does exhibition of the work require visitor interaction or participation? *
How many people can interact or participate at once?
For outdoor works: How does your work interact with the environment? Can your work be played in a socially distanced manner?
Is this a completed work or a work in progress? *
Please provide links to online documentation of the work
Please link to any relevant photographs, videos, web pages.
For digital works: Please provide a link to a build of the work
Only if applicable. Any build submitted will only be shared with the festival's curatorial team. This build does not have to be in a completed state, as long as it is representative of the final work.
Does your work require you to be on site? Where would you be travelling from?
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