In 2017, ACMI joined forces with Australian collectors and philanthropists Catriona and Simon Mordant AM, and the City of Melbourne to launch The Mordant Family Commission, Australia’s first VR and mixed reality commissioning program.
Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.
Awarded annually over three years, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Seb Chan, chief experience officer, ACMI; Fiona Trigg, senior curator, ACMI; Mark Pesce, inventor, author, educator, broadcaster and entrepreneur; Natalie Kane, curator of digital design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum, and will be co-chaired by Simon Mordant and ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick.
Applications close 11 March.