ACMI Women in Games exhibit lands in Lilydale

The Code Breakers: Women in Games exhibit celebrates the achievements of women working in Australia and around the world.
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ACMI touring exhibit Code Breakers: Women in Games is set to land in Lilydale’s Yarra Ranges Regional Museum on Saturday, 5 March 2022, bringing its celebration of women working in the games industry to a wider audience in Victoria. Visitors will be able to pop in and learn more about women’s contributions to the local and global game industries, and also play through a range of video games made by women in Australia and New Zealand.

‘The exhibition offers a brilliant opportunity to bring focus to the achievements of women in creative technologies, as well as exploring the positive social impacts of gaming and its narrative, educational and artistic potentials,’ Cr Johanna Skelton, Yarra Ranges Deputy Mayor said in a press release.

To celebrate the launch, and International Women’s Day, on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 at 12pm AEDT, the Museum will host a free, online conversation about how games and interactive technologies shape the future.

Speaking at the event will be:

  • Lisy Kane, a former producer at League of Geeks and the co-founder of Girl Geek Academy
  • Professor Larissa Hjorth, an artist and digital ethnographer currently working as the Design & Creative Practice Platform director at RMT
  • Caitlin Cronin, producer at Paper House, who was shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year at the 2018 Trade Media Women in Games awards, and also runs ACMI Gamers Club, a monthly meetup of women and underrepresented people who love video games

It’s free to join, but you do need to register to attend here.

Those who are able to make it down to the Code Breakers exhibit will be able to play with games like Armello, Ninja Pizza Girl and Need for Speed: No Limits, while also learning more about the work of pioneering women in games, including Siobhan Reddy (Media Molecule), Lisy Kane (League of Geeks) and Katherine Neil (independent game developer known for Escape from Woomera, and founder of Media Interactive).

Code Breakers: Women in Games is set to arrive at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in Lilydale, Victoria on Saturday, 5 March 2022 and will be available for free viewing until Sunday, 15 May 2022. The public program includes school holiday workshops, online events, quiet hour sessions, senior-supported sessions, and school group visits.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.