In Fall 2016, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and members from Dames Making Games, the Hand Eye Society and Workman Arts partnered on a series of two 6-week game-making workshops aimed at people who have lived experiences with mental health and/or addiction. The resulting games were shown on Nov 12 2016 as part of the GAME/CHANGE & Extraordinary Mind Game Arcade using arcade cabinets from DMG.
The coordinators: Arielle Grimes, Kaitlin Tremblay, Marishka Zachariah
See below for the original application info. More information on the participants and games will be coming soon!
WHEN: Sessions start Tuesday, September 13 and ends Tuesday, October 18
HOW OFTEN: Once a week for six weeks, every Tues from 6-9 PM
WHERE: Workman Arts, 651 Dufferin Street
MANDATORY INFO SESSION: An information session will be held on Wednesday August 31, 6 PM. This 1-hour info session will be mandatory for all potential applicants and will be held at Workman Arts.
HOW MUCH: There is no cost to apply or participate; however, there are only six available spots. Individuals will be selected and notified based on their application.
To empower creators who have lived experience with mental health or addiction, the Hand Eye Society and Workman Arts are proud to present the Extraordinary Mind Games workshop!
This program is a free six-week videogame creation workshop for individuals who identify as Mad or who have lived experiences with mental health or addiction. Participants will meet once a week for this 6-week facilitated and themed workshop. Led by two program coordinators facilitated by the Hand Eye Society, these workshops will touch upon everything it takes to create various types of video games. With help from facilitators, guest speakers, mentors, peer support and access to free or low-cost game-making resources, participants will be able to channel their own artistic practices to make their own game.
We highly encourage those from marginalized backgrounds to apply, including but not limited to creators who are: people of colour, Black, Indigenous, women, trans, queer, disabled, Deaf.
Should you require any accessibility needs to ensure your participation, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
The Hand Eye Society and Workman Arts want to encourage and empower the creation of diverse games from diverse creators. The overlap between game-making communities and mental health communities has rarely been explored. Workman Arts, which advocates and supports artists with lived experience, has partnered with The Hand Eye Society to elevate and celebrate how videogames and their creators can transform societal discourses surrounding mental health.
The Hand Eye Society is a non-profit videogame arts organization that is devoted to videogames as a form of creative and artistic expression. We seek to prove that videogames can be created for and by anyone, including those from marginalized communities. Our game-making programs and arcades are busting the myth that only large teams of developers with programming backgrounds can make a game. www.handeyesociety.com
Workman Arts is an organization that has empowered artists with mental health and addiction experiences for over 30 years. Workman Arts runs the annual Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, a renowned local event that has presented various cultural representations of mental illness since 1993. For more information, visit www.workmanarts.com
Kaitlin Tremblay is a writer, editor, and independent gamemaker, focusing on horror, feminism, and mental illness activism. Kaitlin is committed to fostering compassion, empathy, diversity, and inclusivity in all aspects of her work. Kaitlin is an active member of the feminist video game collective, Dames Making Games.
Arielle Grimes is an independent Game Designer, who specializes in emotional affect through interactive design. With a focus on narrative and art direction, she’s released multiple impactful projects through the Itch Marketplace.
If you have questions about this application, please contact Cara Spooner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 583 4339