In response to COVID-19 restrictions, participants from Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre have undertaken training in 3D infrared photography, resulting in the creation of immersive virtual experiences. The training was facilitated via Zoom with USA based trainers Brian Beebe (Southern AZ Virtual Tours) and Sam Cook (KMBA).
Ten participants from Girringun received this training including Manager Joann Russo, Arts Workers Nephi Denham and Shanann Cassady, artist Erica Muriata and various Traditional Owners from the region. The training was funded by Arts Queensland through the digital adaptation grant, which also allowed the art centre to purchase the equipment and arrange the facilitator.
With international visitor numbers in decline, Girringun wanted to be proactive and to find a way to continue to promote its work to the world while in lockdown. Since launching the new digital platform in May 2021 with a gala opening event attended by hundreds across the internet, it is now up and running 24 hours a day with great response!
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Main image credit: Traditional Owner Kayla Henry. Image: Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre