AT PLAY is an installation created by fine art student Naomi Marchbank that invites people to play a board game – an unusual game which cannot be won.

Rather than competing, visitors will have the opportunity to create compositions together.

The rules of the game vary with each sitting, and the results of play are equally varied. Visitors to the installation become part of a generative system, producing a vast set of results from the structured format of an 8 x 8 grid, and the simple geometry of circles and squares.

AT PLAY explores the relationships between individuals and structure, human imperfection and mathematical perfection, restriction and immensity – whilst creating a dataset of compositions which can be investigated and manipulated in future projects.

About the artist

Naomi Marchbank is a final year BA Fine Art with History of Art student at the University of Leeds who has returned from an Erasmus+ year in Budapest.

She is fascinated with grids and geometry and investigates using these to create abstract experiences, exploring how rigid structures can become a site for infinite exploration.

Follow Naomi on Instagram @naomiartbank

Opening times

Thursday 30 November, 10:00–17:00
Friday 1 December, 12:00–19:00

Games night/private view: Friday 1 December, 17:00–19:00


Project Space
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University Road
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT


Naomi Marchbank, ‘A game which cannot be won’. Image courtesy of the artist.