The National Gallery has adapted its augmented reality experience, The Keeper Council, for popular online gaming platform Roblox, allowing play at home.
Launching this summer, the experience is designed for aspiring museum ‘custodians’ to learn more about the Gallery’s paintings and curate their own art collections.
The gallery said visitors “will be challenged to complete their quests and climb the ranks from Apprentice to High Guardian. Throughout the experience, they will be supervised by the character of the guardian of the paintings of the National Gallery.
The National Gallery‘s first immersive augmented reality (AR) app, The Keeper of Paintings and the Palette of Perception, is available at the Gallery and was created with the help of over 80 children in time for the Easter holiday 2022.
Roblox’s latest development builds on research from the Gallery’s first project and was co-created with kids working with Arcade Project developers, the National Gallery and StoryFutures researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Brunel Design School.
The research for both projects was informed by a dedicated children’s advisory group, including schoolchildren from London, Brighton, Bournemouth and Folkestone, who were consulted throughout and helped design and test the app and experience. Roblox.
Lawrence Chiles, head of digital at the National Gallery in London, said the experience would allow users to “learn more about the paintings in a platform they find familiar, fun and engaging”.