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Open Call for Workshop Participants

Augmented Reality and Conservation

Artist Ryan Heath, Ignite! and BACKLIT Gallery are looking for 6 young people to take part in a series of four online workshops exploring creativity, conservation, and tech. These sessions are for those aged 16 – 25 currently based in Nottinghamshire. Together, we’ll be exploring if 'augmented reality' (AR) can be used to further conservation efforts.

We will be working on some interactive, digital signage - using Attenborough Nature Reserve as inspiration. These virtual signs will aim to encourage best practices and inform visitors to the reserve. These will be prototypes, not finished works.

The prototypes we develop will be showcased as artwork for the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity in February 2021. No prior experience of augmented reality tech is required, although some understanding of how to use a laptop in the basic sense will help - and a willingness to learn and collaborate with others.

This project is kindly supported by Arts Council England.

In these workshops, you will:

  • Merge digital media with environmental conservation.

  • Have the option to showcase your work at the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity

  • Collaborate with peers in a supportive environment

  • Design a sculpture for augmented reality

  • Experiment with new software

  • Prototype your design


The opportunity is free and there are 6 places available. It will take place across 4 group sessions with breaks online on Saturday afternoons in January 2021.

  • January 09: Introduction and session one, 14:00 – 16:00

  • January 16: Session two, 14:00 – 16:00

  • January 23: Session three, 14:00 16:00

  • January 30: Session four, 14:00 – 16:00

Application Information:

To sign up, you will need complete the application form and send it in an email to Megan Shore

Ryan Heath Workshop Application Form
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Alternatively, you can just send an email or a video with the following information:

  • Your name, address, date of birth and full contact details.

  • A brief explanation of why you would like to take part in the sessions (max 250 words)

  • A summary of technology you have access to (e.g a laptop/tablet/computer, webcam, wifi, any relevant software, or hardware). This won’t affect your involvement but we will use this to shape the sessions to accommodate you.

  • Those under 18 will need to provide a completed parental/guardian consent form.

Ryan Heath Workshop Consent Form
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Timeline for application:

  • Sign-ups are open until 9 am, Monday 4th January 2021.

  • These can be made by individuals, or on their behalf from/with a trusted guardian or support worker.

Questions and access:

Please get in touch with us to let us know if you would like more information or if you need something to be able to participate. For example transcriptions, closed captions, subtitles, audio descriptions, or short breaks. For any access requirements or queries please contact Megan Shore, at

You can read more details about the workshop, including how the sessions will run and safeguarding measures, in the document below.

Ryan Heath Workshop Policy
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