ACMI continues VR push with Hothouse incubator

22 March, 2016 by Staff Writer

ACMI is seeking applications to its Hothouse program, a virtual-reality incubator for emerging media artists that takes place over one week from June 27 – July 1.


Hothouse is aimed at Victorian students in Years 10, 11 and 12, and is free for selected participants. 

Ten students are selected each year and gain hands-on experience in a production studio. 

“Hothouse is a significant opportunity for young media artists and those with an interest in the moving image to take their skills to the next level,” said Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. 

“Virtual reality is an emerging format with many possibilities for our creative industries, and this program is a chance for participants to get ahead of the game by working with experienced artists and technicians."

ACMI unveiled their first VR commission this year – Stuck in the Middle With You, a collab with Closer Productions and the Sydney Dance Company. 

ACMI education manager Christine Evely said that ”Hothouse is a highly practical way for students to begin working towards a career in the creative industries. Not only is it a unique and engaging program for young people who are interested to expand their skills working with virtual reality, [but] hands-on guidance comes from people who know what workplaces are looking for, and how those skills can be applied in the workforce”.

Participants will have the use of ACMI’s production facilities including a media studio, editing suites and sound booths. 

Support for Hothouse applicants living outside of Metropolitan Melbourne is available, and applications close May 27.

The application form is here.








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