Perth Museum & Art Gallery shortlisted for innovative gaming exhibition

Perth Museum & Art Gallery has been shortlisted for a national award for an interactive exhibition that traced 30 years of videogaming.

The museum is on the short leet for Enterprising Museum in the 30th annual Arts & Business Scotland Awards for its exhibition Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys for Life.

The innovative exhibition, featuring videogames from 1988’s Spectrum to today’s PS4, ran from July to September 2016. It allowed visitors to pick up consoles and try the exhibits out for themselves to see up close how video gaming has changed through the last three decades.

The Player exhibition was run by Culture Perth and Kinross in conjunction with the University of Abertay. It drew record crowds of gamers and pop culture buffs of all ages to Perth Museum & Art Gallery after a formal launch by Chris van der Kuyl, Chairman of Dundee based 4J Studios, which developed Minecraft: Console Edition.

Culture Perth and Kinross is the charitable trust set up earlier this year to take responsibility for the delivery of museum and library services in Perth & Kinross.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, said:

“When we launched our interactive Player exhibition we knew it would capture the imagination of people locally and across the country and it did, drawing great crowds to Perth Museum & Art Gallery. We’re proud that it also got the attention of Arts & Business Scotland with this awards shortlisting.

“This shortlisting is testament to all the hard work that’s going by Culture Perth and Kinross to bring museum and library services to the people of Perth & Kinross in an innovative, exciting way.”

The Arts & Business Scotland awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 23rd March at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

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