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Play Southend – Job Opportunity: Outreach, PR, Social Media

Play Southend, is an event-based and online art project that invites the public to build a collaborative platform game about the future of their hometown.

This Spring local residents will make a platform game of Southend working with artists Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan and other local artists and game designers.

Southenders of all ages and experiences will make the drawings for the backgrounds, obstacles and rewards that make up the game. They will devise the rules of the game inspired by their town, deciding how the different elements relate and shape the future.

The Challenge
“People of Southend define your future together! Make decisions for the long term prosperity and health of all. If you draw it, it will happen.”

Over the next couple of months we are running workshops and developing the game community before it launches officially at Village Green in July.


We are looking for someone to work in Southend to help us connect with and engage a diverse range of individuals and community groups in the creation of the game.

You will be based in Southend and work with the team to reach out to new players, establish a game club, assist in schools and community workshops, invite and host new and established players and contributors to the game. This job involves developing and coordinating workshops, programs and possibly volunteers. Also liaison between other organisations and partners. This job will suit an imaginative, sociable people, familiar with social media who is interested in working with people with different perspectives and styles, and is interested in contributing to playful processes of community engagement. An enthusiasm for drawing and games are an advantage (but not a necessity).

Duration: 55 days
This is made up of…
One and a half days a week for 30 weeks March to September
Setting up and running a fortnightly schools games club
Setting up and running 4 days of Summer events in Southend High Street
An additional 10 days workshop support (between April and June)

Fee: £6600


Please respond by mail with a letter of application and a CV to by 12 noon 28th February 2013


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This work by Local Play (based on a collaboration between Ruth Catlow and Dr Mary
Flanagan) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License

The free software, that enables anyone to draw, make and play their own platform game levels, developed with Soda was first published to Github October 2013