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Code Breakers: Women in Games

Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao is excited to announce our latest exhibition, Code Breakers: Women in Games which opens to the public at 10 am on Friday 11th August.

Code Breakers: Women in Games showcases the remarkable achievements of female game designers, highlighting their talents, creativity, and groundbreaking innovations that have shaped the gaming landscape.

One of the main highlights of the exhibition is the inclusion of computer stations allowing visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the world of gaming. Inside the exhibition you can crush bullies in Ninja Pizza Girl, run with animals in Armello or race suped-up cars in Need for Speed: No Limits, with games made by emerging and established makers.

From platformers, RPGs and digital board games to graphical adventures and puzzlers, visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at various games and experience the thrill of being part of this dynamic industry.

Visitors will learn about the trailblazing women who have helped shape the gaming industry and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they have overcome. This exhibition aims to inspire and empower young people to pursue their dreams in the technology and gaming sectors.

Code Breakers profiles influential New Zealand and Australian female gamers who have made significant contributions to the industry. These profiles shed light on their achievements, challenges, and the impact they have had on the gaming community while encouraging visitors to think critically about gender representation in the gaming world.

The exhibition features 10 game makers, including: Lisy Kane, Producer at League of Geeks, co-founder of Girl Geek Academy and one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in the games category; Katharine Neil, independent Game Developer and director of the hugely controversial and influential game ‘Escape From Woomera’; Maru Nihoniho, Founder and Managing Director of Metia Interactive and recipient of a New Zealand Order of Merit for her service to the gaming industry; and Siobhan Reddy, Co-Founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule, named in Fortune’s 10 most powerful women in gaming.

“We are thrilled to present ‘Code Breakers: Women in Games’ at Nelson Provincial Museum,” says our CEO Lucinda Blackley-Jimson. “This exhibition serves as a powerful testament to the incredible talent and creativity of women in the gaming industry. By showcasing their achievements and providing interactive gaming experiences, we hope to inspire young people to pursue their dreams fearlessly, regardless of gender.

We hope this exhibition will inspire the next generation to follow their dreams and ambitions in technology, design and beyond.”

Code Breakers: Women in Games was developed by ACMI in Melbourne and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Code Breakers: Women in Games is on display 11 August- 12 November 2023

Free for Nelson Tasman residents.

Admission fee for non-Nelson Tasman residents is:

Adults $7

Concession (Gold Card) $5

Tertiary Students (with ID) $3

Children* $3

Preschoolers (under 5 years of age) FREE

*Please note that all children under the age of 14 must legally be accompanied by an adult to visit our Museum

Public programmes and learning opportunities will be added throughout the season.

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