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The DISTANCE Project (Digital Immersive Technologies and Craft Engagement) offers makers opportunities to collaborate and to share experiences and objects in new and exciting ways through immersive digital technologies.

This project builds on our experiences of supporting international, cross-cultural residencies and the Scottish making community throughout lockdown periods during the global pandemic of 2020-21. Through this, we recognised the clear need for makers to share their skills, processes and creations with a range of audiences and colleagues at distance. This might be with an international collaborator when you cannot travel or with someone in the same street during periods of physical distancing.

We are initially looking for six makers to join us for a period of two months (March – April 2021) to experiment with the immersive technology, individually and in collaboration. Participating makers will be provided with the necessary technology, primarily a virtual reality headset to use as they wish, and will be introduced to it through worksheets and online workshops. Participating makers will be paid for one day’s work at Scottish Artist Union rates.