Virtually Real

12 Jan 2017 – 14 Jan 2017

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Royal Academy of Arts

London, United Kingdom


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Step into virtually real works of art this January.


Please note that tickets have now sold out for this event, but there are still tickets available for the Friends preview on 11 January, or you can enter the competition to win a pair of tickets!

We’re starting 2017 with Virtually Real, a collaborative pop-up project between the virtual reality platform HTC Vive and our contemporary art school, the Royal Academy Schools. Graduates Adham Faramawy and Elliot Dodd, together with third-year student Jessy Jetpacks, have been selected to create works of art using HTC Vive. This virtual reality technology lets you experience hundreds of simulated worlds, where the normal rules of gravity don’t apply.

The artists will be using software like Kodon and Tilt Brush by Google, a palette that lets you paint in virtual 3D space to produce installations that you, the visitor, will be able to move through and interact with. You’ll also be able to see their creative processes from start to finish with HTC Vive’s playback technology. As a world-first, we’ll be 3D printing these artworks and exhibiting them, so you will have the chance to interact with them both virtually and in real life. You’ll also be able to try your hand at creating a virtual reality masterpiece of your own.

Adham, Elliot and Jessy all have a background in working with virtual technology, apps and multimedia, but this will allow both them and you to experiment in the relatively unchartered waters of virtually made art.

Third-year RA Schools students will be taking over the DJ booth in the Keeper’s House from 7-11pm each night:
Thursday 12 January – Fani Parali and Sam Austen
Friday 13 January – Josephine Baker-Heaslip
Saturday 14 January – Richie Moment


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