Nov 072017






Sarah Pollard and Cameron Dermer worked with Charlie Paganin (NEXUS grant recipient 2016 and 2017/i make movies participant) to present at Autism West’s THE BIG PICTURE Conference. 

Presenting their individual DADAA pathways to an audience of over 40 people, each artist shared their visual and digital work.

Feedback was extremely positive and the artists are looking for other opportunities to tell their stories.


Jul 282017

It’s a rainy winter’s afternoon at DADAA and I have been interviewing artists about their experience of Mixed Reality to date. We have just finished a month long period of experimentation with Virtual Reality that has proved to be hugely successful for all the participants. We are now moving in to the second half of the year with renewed energy from working in another dimension. Not all of the artists will directly incorporate virtual reality in their future work however the experience of working in another realm has really opened their minds to technology. Many of the artists are working towards incorporating ideas of perspective, identity and new digital technologies into their future work. Hear more from Cameron Dermer and Julia Hales below.

Interview with Cameron Dermer

Laura: How do you think Mixed Reality is going so far?

Cameron: Really good, I enjoyed doing the Virtual Reality on Google Earth and working with Lincoln on my documentary about DADAA.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Cameron: I have learnt about different kinds of camera angles, computer technology and how to interview people. I’ve created the questions and rehearsed them before the film shoots. I have learnt to use the tripod, putting it up and down and how to pack it away. I have learnt to use eye contact when I’m talking to people or the camera.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Cameron:  It gave me good imagination. It made me feel happy because I was seeing the world and was  in outer space. I would like to use Virtual Reality more, like when I come to my sessions later in the year.

Laura: What would you most like to get out of Mixed Reality this year?

Cameron: More camera stuff. Film, finish and present my documentary in the cinema at DADAA.


Interview with Julia Hales

Laura: How have you found the experience of being a facilitator and leader for Mixed Reality?

Julia: It has gone really well, it has been a new experience for me. I have been able help other people with my leadership, I have always wanted to help other young artists in the world.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Julia: I have learnt so much in this project. I have learnt to help people with virtual reality. I would speak about what virtual reality means and make them feel comfortable and not afraid. I would also help to put on the headset so they could see another dimension and the future. I have enjoyed being part of the meetings and learning about the other artists, we work through the artists and I learn about what they are all making. I have also learnt to help other people with their goal setting and mapping their big dreams.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Julia: I’ve learnt how to do Tilt Brush, tilt brush means painting in different colours in the dark. I also tried Google Earth, I got to see different cities. Virtual Reality is good for people with all kinds of disabilities. It helps them to do things that they can’t do normally and it’s a way of escaping.

Laura: What would you most like to achieve as a mentor on Mixed Reality this year?

Julia: I would like to go to a Goal Setting workshop where I can get even more experience on how to help the other artists work towards their goals. I would do another workshop with the Mixed Reality Artists and see if they are moving closer towards their big dreams. Some day in the future I’d like to help down syndrome people to map out their dreams at the down syndrome association.



May 302017

Julia Hales developed a goal setting workshop for MIXED REALITY artists and delivered it last week…


For my Sync Leadership I always want to help the other young artists to follow their dreams.

I have learnt to do goal setting with MIXED REALITY artists to map out their goals.

First I start by telling them my story about how I worked at achieving my goals.

I also ask them to DREAM BIG and dreaming big means you push yourself to achieve your dreams and to see your self in the future and to keep working in the future.

I also learnt to give them some exercises to help them to map out their goals on their own and in groups. I show them my example of setting my goals to follow as well.

We all worked together in groups over three days to set some new skills to get to their big dream.

The goal setting workshop went every well and everyone in the workshop is very happy and very excited that the workshop had helped them a lot to keep working on their big dreams.

I would like to keep doing more goals setting with other people and also people with Down Syndrome as well.

I worked with Danny, Lauren, Tina, Pat, Hugo, Verity, Cameron, Aidan and Sam.

Julia Hales, May 30, 2017