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Health of the Sublime: Virtual Reality

Open Call for Virtual Reality Participants

An introduction to VR from one of our own VR cohort! Listen and see their experience by clicking the play button above

Let’s make something that matters together in Virtual Reality!


Hi! I am Carrie Fertig, a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist and Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network (MCHLN) volunteer. I am thrilled to announce new opportunities to join a creative arts project between MCHLN and myself,  funded by Creative Scotland.


Health of the Sublime is a multi-year project focusing on the lived experience of wellbeing and the sublime in the natural world, and how climate impacts that experience. With your artworks in video, sound, writing, and sculpture, we will build an interactive map online, in Virtual Reality, and in real life. The map will have clickable links where your videos, sound recordings, interventions in the landscape, and writing, produce a multi-dimensional deeply personal view of how important our lived experience of the natural world is to our wellbeing and spirit. Creative Scotland has generously just awarded funding for the next phase of the project and we hope this includes you!

Part of this project is a special programme for a smaller number of participants in Virtual Reality.


Virtual Reality


Alongside video, audio, nature writing and poetry, we will run one cohort of three people to learn creative apps in Virtual Reality. There are special criteria for selected participants:


Must be largely housebound

Already, or willing to become a client of or volunteer with MCHLN (free)

Need to have computer and internet or willingness to have this provided by MCHLN for duration of cohort


Willingness to practice regularly. You will be fully supported to take part.


Participants in the VR cohort will receive at least 22 private one-on-one tuition sessions. You will learn how to build your own immersive experience of the natural world and will be assisted with scans, audio, drone footage of your beloved place, and video of your specific place of wellbeing to import into your virtual natural world. If you meet the criteria and would like to learn VR and see how it much it can contribute to your wellbeing whilst you contribute to this project, please email me at or call the Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network office on 01561 378 130. Please feel free to email if you have any questions about any aspect of becoming a VR participant, we can set up a phone date to discuss. And just a wee note: I had no VR experience until June 2021. If I can learn the wonders of creating a boundless immersive environment, you can too. Absolutely no experience needed. There is no cost.

A VR participant viewing a 3D model we had made for him of a beloved place_edited.jpg
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