Q - Why did you start this project?A -
VR Arts started a couple of years ago as an idea, but with the help of the team at Cooler Master, the idea has been realised this year - VR Arts has a mission to train creatives from a non technology background and enable them to use their skills in Virtual Reality - to do this we have started to run R+D labs in Manchester, our first one was attend by over 40 people, and everyone learned so much, we now have 10 planned, and by the end of season one of the labs, we will then have a creative team to tackle VR production challenges!
" Working closely with Cooler Master has been fantastic, they have jumped head first with me to create VR Arts supporting events, logistics and my creativity, what a great company to be backing me. "
Q - What stage is VR Arts at now?A -
VR Arts is in its first few months, so we are nurturing a community of artists, creatives and games developers and film-makers who have an interest in developing their skills in VR - its early days, but I can already see rapid progress at the labs, and so its up to me to drive this forward.
Q - What is the plan for the next 6-12 months?A -
The plan is to run a season of 10 labs over 2017 and 2018, looking at all parts of VR, but doing so in a rapid 3 day hackathon style event, each lab will have a theme or a problem to solve, and as the labs develop, a real community of makers such emerge - Once we have this, in 12 months, I would like to work on maybe a perminant space in Manchester, so we can train and develop more people - I think what VR Arts and Cooler master are doing, is building the VR industry from the bottom up, this takes time and patience - I think we can do it!
" I think what VR Arts and Cooler master are doing, is building the VR industry from the bottom up, this takes time and patience - I think we can do it! "
" Virtual reality actually harnasses so many creative skillsets that never met before. The idea of this lab was to put those people together in small workable groups in one room and see what they come up with. "