Create NSW brings immersive arts projects to life through first VR funding

360 Vision – 7th June 2016 – Photographed by Lauren Middleton for DL Photography

Create NSW has announced the first recipients to benefit from funding for artists and cultural practitioners to develop their skills and extend their audiences through immersive arts in the field of Virtual Reality (VR).

Seven projects representing a diverse range of artforms including theatre, dance, visual and digital arts were selected to share the $120,000 development fund. Of the recipients, three projects were chosen from the Western Sydney area, three from metropolitan Sydney and one from regional NSW.

For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit http://www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au  

360 VISION: Virtual Reality Development Initiative for the Arts 2017 Recipients:

  • Big Skies, David Clarkson (Canterbury), $20,000 – to enable David to conduct further research and development of VR and digital technology to use in his Big Skies project, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the involvement of the Parkes radio telescope in the Apollo 11 landing.
  • Experimental VR lab, Josh Harle (Sydney Metro), $19,710 – to enable a VR lab with other artists introducing current technologies and working to develop applications to their practices. Learning will be shared through open studios, talks and presentations, workshops, an exhibition and an online archive.
  • International VR research, Rosie Dennis (Blue Mountains), $19,151 – to enable travel to California, to research VR practice at the South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive conference and International Animation & Virtual Reality Research Center (iAVRrc).
  • International VR research, Sumugan Sivanesan (Epping), $8,690 – to enable travel to Berlin to participate in the four-week ‘Closer’ Workshop at the School for Machines, Making and Make-Believe. ‘Closer’ is led by leading artists working with VR as a tool for social relations, empathy and storytelling.
  • Mx.Red, Yukino McHugh (Tweed), $20,000 – to create VR work with choreography called Mx.Red (pronounced misread) that ‘explores a fictional utopia where views on what gender is and how we communicate shift’.
  • Outsider Project, Ms Ella Millard of Erth Visual & Physical Inc (Sydney Metro), $20,000 – to create a week-long collaborative experiential theatre project with leading artists to reimagine ancient fables in VR.
  • Sympathetic Threads, Dr Gregory Ferris (Sydney Metro), $12,500 – to film an immersive 12-minute short using a mix of live action, animation and VR graphics focusing on dramas and characters part-inspired by American filmmaker Robert Altman.
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Published: 12 September 2017