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Create NSW Brings Immersive Arts Projects to Life Through First VR Funding

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. Tweed based Yukino McHugh received $20,000 to create a 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”.
 
Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said that in line the NSW Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework, the funding will encourage education around the emerging field, offering exciting opportunities for arts and culture across NSW for the future.
 
“This fund is all about providing our artists and cultural practitioners with the development opportunity that they need to fully understand and embrace VR into their art, no matter what form that takes.
 
“We have been very impressed with the level of interest in working with VR and it is fantastic to be able to fund projects that explore Aboriginal astronomy, challenge gender conversations through dance and present skill-sharing workshops from artists with disability and of Aboriginal and diverse backgrounds.
 
“As the inaugural year for the fund, it’s exciting to be able to introduce the first wave of individuals and collaborative groups to the creative possibilities that VR can offer. I look forward to seeing these projects come to life for new audiences across the state to experience,” Mr Brealey said.
 
For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au