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new games launched online

darts develop educational games linked to the gallery programme

Two school pupils in red jumpers are playing educational games on a laptop. The child nearest the camera is digitally colouring an image of Doncaster Minster in red and green.

We have launched some brand new digital games on our website that link to the gallery and exhibitions programme at The Point. This is the first time that we have developed digital games and we would love to hear what people think. You can play the games by clicking this link.

We have been developing the games in collaboration with pupils from local Doncaster primary schools thanks to Respond & Reimagine funding from the national Art Fund. The games link to the national curriculum for primary school children, so they are a great learning opportunity, as well as being fun to play!

Pupils from Town Fields Primary School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel R C Primary School visited the Gallery at The Point and helped to design and develop the new games. They had lots of brilliant ideas including artist appearances, difficulty levels and what sound effects to include.

Cartoon characters of famous artists including Yinka Shonibare, Georgia O'Keeffe, Barbara Hepworth, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol.

Developers, Katja Mordaunt and Nick Wade, as well as designers from Eleven Design, have been working with darts staff to bring the games to life. Katja said:

“It’s been such a fantastic process to develop the games in response to children’s ideas. We love the artist characters that Eleven Design have created and we’ve had great fun including them in the games so they can pop up and give encouragement and instructions to players! We’re excited to see where darts will go next on their digital journey.”

The games are part of a range of new digital resources that have been developed as part of this project. The aim was to find new ways of connecting pupils and teachers to the world-class exhibitions at The Point and to encourage teachers to bring their classes to visit. The Point has four to six new exhibitions every year and they are always free to attend. Teachers can book in a free class visit or pay a subsidised fee for an artist-led workshop. More information about the resources and visits can be found here.

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