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Second year of support for immersive VR & AR arts development

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Applications are now open for the second year of Create NSW’s support for artists to develop immersive virtual reality (VR) and now also augmented reality (AR) art experiences, with $120,000 pledged to support six projects through the initiative.

The opportunity was announced at the Create NSW-led 360 VISION annual industry event held at Carriageworks, which brings together screen practitioners and artists to hear from some of the world’s and Australia’s leading experts in VR & AR content production.

The event is supported by partners ABC, Screen Australia, Carriageworks, Triggar, Austrade and AFTRS, and aims to inspire the industry audience to be globally competitive, develop and build skills and be at the forefront of the industry.

In 2018 AR projects will also be supported in addition to VR projects, which the first year was focused on. Grants are available for a range of NSW-based practitioners working across diverse practices including visual arts, theatre, dance, music, literature, and/or museum practices. Collaborations with VR and AR practitioners are encouraged.

Create NSW Executive Director for Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott commented, “This initiative offers artists the chance to extend their works for audiences to enjoy, quite literally, in another fascinating dimension – whether that’s in a museum space, gallery or as a standalone extension of their creative work.

“We supported projects that spanned ancient fables, gender exploration, travel to VR conferences as well as a VR lab that developed the works of a number of artists.

“We’re looking for new VR and AR development proposals from applicants and look forward to delving further into this creative and immersive space to support their projects in a new round. The curious are welcome and most encouraged.”

Source: Create NSW

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