It's the year 2020 and suddenly something happens. We find ourselves stuck in a digital world called “Gate Station'' where more and more dimensions keep opening up. We have difficulty getting back to the real world. Your role is to find a way out.

There are many possible pathways to ending the game. You can return to reality in the past, present or future.

You will be rewarded for some of the choices that you make. Some will keep you inside the game forever. Others will take you back to reality.

Poem written collaboratively in an early online session developing the narrative of the game

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The Gate

The Gate is an arts centre for adults with learning disabilities based in Shepherd’s Bush, London. Set up after the dissolution of long stay hospitals as a result of the community care act 1990 to cater for the day care needs of those now living in the community, the focus gradually shifted almost solely towards the arts where it’s attendees could express their creative urges in an accepting, nurturing space. The central ethos of The Gate is that square pegs should not be modified to fit round holes but rather those holes should be made square; the goal being to create contexts where our members’ work can be accepted and understood for what it is rather than what it isn’t.

Primarily the focus of this has been visual art and music and over the years we have seen our artists work feature in numerous exhibitions across London and wider afield, played shows in various festivals and recently were featured in The Face magazine under the heading The Home of Outsider Art in London.

Stills from The Gate's lookatthislunch hashtag

Stills from The Gates lookatthislunch tag

Recently as a result of the Covid pandemic we were forced into an online model of working with our members (along with regular socially distanced welfare visits for those who needed it) and like many we were forced to reevaluate and revise our working practices in order to accommodate this. One manifestation of this is the work presented here.

The video game began as an in person project prior to the pandemic, as a number of people who attend the gate are into gaming. The idea was to make a real time game that represented life at The Gate. We took this idea and adapted it to the online situation, using the tool Twinery. Twinery is an open source tool that allows people to make interactive fictions in the form of a webpage.

The story has been developed over the art sessions we hold, with people coming up with ideas and narratives that expand the game into the maze that it currently is. The artists at The Gate have their own pages within the game, for example Duane’s world which features his tiktok videos and music that he has made over lockdown. These are incorporated into the narrative of the game which is a horror fiction. There is also a page dedicated to a service user who died during lockdown, this allowed the artist to compile their memories of Leon and the art he had made into one place that's also linked with the art they are currently making. The graphics for the game have been designed in online sessions with artists co editing via share screen functions.

Mary O'Shaughnessy's make up design on mask

John Athnasious's castle drawing for the game, photographed via online session

John Athnasious Mushrooms drawn in online session

Eddy Agaga's 2020 calendar

The Gate x Arcadia Missa x Biblioteka

  • The Gate Collective
  • Jamaica (Improv project artwork) 1, 2019
  • Acrylic on vinyl record and sleeve
  • 30 x 30 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Jamaica (Improv project artwork) 2, 2019
  • Acrylic on vinyl record and sleeve
  • 30 x 30 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Jamaica (Improv project artwork) 3, 2019
  • Acrylic on vinyl record and sleeve
  • 30 x 30 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Leon Moody, 2019
  • Ceramic
  • Diameter: 26 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Leon Moody, 2019
  • Ceramic
  • Diameter: 26 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Marker on Tropicana tetrapack
  • 23 x 7 x 7 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Marker on paper, Belvita box
  • 13 x 15 x 3 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Toilet rolls, fabric, paper, metal and other found objects
  • Dimensions variable
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Glove, found objects
  • 21 x 18 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Sculpture by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Found objects
  • 22 x 5 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Paper Dolls by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Marker on paper, found objects
  • The Gate Collective
  • Paper Dolls by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Marker on paper, found objects
  • 23.5 x 13.5 cm each
  • The Gate Collective
  • Paper Dolls by Labake Anisere, 2019
  • Marker on paper, found objects
  • 23.5 x 13.5 cm each
  • The Gate Collective
  • Gate Custard DVD + CD,
  • The Gate Collective
  • Food and Art 2019: a year at the gate art centre, 2019
  • The Gate Collective
  • Drawings by Wayne ,
  • The Gate Collective
  • Labake's Xbox, 2019
  • Found objects
  • 30 x 44 x 18 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Richies Room, 2019
  • Found objects
  • 30 x 40 x 22 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Winehouse , 2021
  • C-type print on Fotospeed Pigment Friendly Lustre, 275gsm
  • 49 x 83
  • Unique
  • The Gate Collective
  • Duane's World, 2021
  • C-type print on Fotospeed Pigment Friendly Lustre, 275gsm
  • 49 x 78
  • Unique
  • The Gate Collective
  • Duane's World, 2021
  • C-type print on Fotospeed Pigment Friendly Lustre, 275gsm
  • 49 x 83
  • Unique
  • The Gate Collective
  • Daddy Daycare, 2021
  • C-type print on Fotospeed Pigment Friendly Lustre, 275gsm
  • 41.5 x 83 cm
  • Unique
  • The Gate Collective
  • Drawings by Duane Warner 3, 2021
  • Pencil on paper
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Drawings by John Athnasius 1, 2021
  • Pencil on paper
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Drawings by John Athnasius 2, 2021
  • Pencil on paper
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Drawings by John Athnasius, 2021
  • Pencil on paper
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • Drawings by Mary O'shaughnessy, 2021
  • Pencil and marker on paper
  • 21 x 29.7 cm
  • The Gate Collective
  • The Gate Flag by Labake Anisere, 2021
  • Marker and fabric on cardboard
  • 35 x 35 cm

Participating Artists:

Mary O'shaughnessy, Eddy Agaga, Duane Warner, Richie Boakye, Labake Anisere, Mandy Cumming, Darren Peregringo-Brimah, John Athnasius, Leon Moody, Glenn Miller, Mark Darbeau and Josh Negus.

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Gate Station Soundtrack: Full Version, Shortened Version (feat. original Gate content only)

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