Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery Hosts First Micro Art Exhibition

An exhibition of work by a selection of artists inspired by and created while playing videogames including Day Z, Grand Theft Auto and Half Life comes to Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery on 28 and 29 June 2014.

Part of the Games Britannia Live festival, which takes over the city centre this weekend, the show ‘Far Lands’ is the first of its kind in Sheffield and features works from ten artists.

Works include Jason Rouse’s series of oil landscapes painted in situ while actually playing (and occasionally dying in) zombie survival horror DayZ, Sally Sheinman’s iPad transformations of responses to the question ‘What makes you, you?’, Benjamin Poynter’s Architecture of a Depersonalised Dream – which is a card-based accompaniment to his forthcoming Oculus Rift game, an interactive sound work based on text adventure games and more.

Far Lands is the first show from Sheffield videogame arts collective Third Person View, who approached Games Britannia Live with the idea for the exhibition back in March. The show takes its name from the legendary, but unstable towering cliff faces found at the very edge of the map in an early version of Minecraft.

The exhibition is accompanied by a free, limited edition fanzine co-edited by illustrator Ryan Humphrey and including exclusive contributions from Wired UK writer and Hack Circus editor Leila Johnson, Sheffield Zine Fest creator Chella Quint, Gang Beasts developers Boneloaf and Tim Hutchings from The Play Generated Map & Document Archive (PlaGMaDA) amongst others.

All commission for works sold at the show will go to Games Britannia Live’s charity Special Effect.

Entry to the exhibition is free. Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery is open from 1000-1700 on Saturday 28 June and 1100-1600 on Sunday 29 June.

Third Person View is Rob Barker, Mike Borkowskey and Helen Cocker who are a combination of artists, narrative designers & videogame players who have created Third Person View to present videogame art exhibitions. More information can be found on the following Third Person View channels –

Interviews available on request.


Games Britannia Live! is a public extension to the multi-award winning videogame education festival running over the weekend of 28 – 29 June 2014 in Sheffield, Great Britain.

Games Britannia Live! is proud to be part of Sheffield’s Children’s Festival and is backed by a partnership of Sheffield City Council, NESTA, Replay Events and Sheffieldr with kind sponsorship and support from Pimoroni, YoYo Games, Showroom Workstation Sheffield, Ukie, Aardvark Swift, Raspberry Pi, SUMO Digital, Game Republic, Autodesk, and an extra special thanks to Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and the Environment from Sheffield City Council said: “We are delighted to support Games Britannia here in Sheffield and to see this two-day event form part of the line-up of this year’s Sheffield Children’s Festival – the city’s showcase for the tremendous creativity amongst children and young people in Sheffield. There’s over a month of events and activities to enjoy, everything from theatre tasters, story-telling, picnics, dancing and sculpture! It is also a great opportunity for families, parents and carers to have a great time too. It’s all about getting involved in arts – whether that’s playing games, making things, seeing your work exhibited or performing on stage in shows, musicals and plays – and enjoying yourself at the same time.”

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Games Britannia is a multi-award winning festival bringing creativity and technology together, providing the public, schools and colleges with workshops and activities led by games industry experts and academics.

Started in 2011 by Brinsworth Comprehensive School, the Academia, Industry and Schools festival is run by the computing department at Sheffield Hallam University as part of a range of initiatives which attempt to engage schools and teachers in computer science.

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Special Effect are a UK-based charity dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.

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