The first museum exhibition of its kind dedicated to a global business that attracts more than 2.2 billion players worldwide is being project managed by Nottingham’s Focus Consultants.
The company is also the quantity surveyor on the videogames exhibition at the world-famous V&A Museum.
When it opens in September, the exhibition will be the first of its kind dedicated to the videogames sector. It will be the 11th exhibition that Focus has been involved in at the V&A.
Florence Andrews, senior consultant at Focus Consultants, which has its headquarters in Nottingham and offices in London, Leicester and Boston in Lincolnshire, said: “As a company, Focus has project managed a wide range of exhibitions at the V&A and other major museums in London and across the UK.
“This latest exhibition, Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt, will be a first – focusing on designers, players and critics who are pushing boundaries in playful and radical new ways. There is huge interest worldwide in the videogaming sector and the Focus team is delighted to be playing a part in this unique exhibition at one of the world’s leading museums.”
Rare glimpses from the creative process of developing games such as The Last of Us to Kentucky Route Zero, including original prototypes, early character designs and notebooks, will be shown alongside cultural inspiration from a Magritte painting to a viral cat video.
From blockbuster titles produced by leading studios such as Splatoon from Nintendo, to independents such as Journey by thatgamecompany, the exhibition will show the craft and skill of creating ground-breaking videogame design.
It will explore videogame design since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements, such as increased access to broadband, social media and newly available means of making, transformed the way games are designed, discussed and played.
Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “There is a rich universality to videogames in contemporary culture. This is the right time for the V&A to be building on our active interest in videogames to investigate this exciting and varied design field at the intersection between technology, engineering and broader visual culture, presenting the influences, inspiration and debates that define it.”
Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt will run in Room 39 and the North Court from 8 September 2018 to 24 February 2019.
Focus Consultants has expertise in a wide range of fields, including project management, quantity surveying, funding and economic development, funding applications, economic impact appraisals, business plans, and research and evaluation. It has worked with many of the UK’s major museums, including The Science Museum, The V&A, The National Army Museum and The National Museum of Wales.
Since 1994 Focus has also secured for clients more than £1 billion of grants for projects and businesses across the UK and delivered more than £1.9 billion worth of projects and programmes – making it one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country.
In addition, Focus offers a range of services to the property and construction industry, including building surveying, project management and sustainable development support.