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Award success for University of Suffolk graduate

20 Dec 2016 2:00PM

A Fine Art Graduate from the University of Suffolk has been awarded an O2 Think Big Award for ‘Most Unique Use of Digital’.

Emily Godden was recognised for her achievements at an awards ceremony in London. 

Emily’s project entitled Handle with care combines art with technology.  The 22 year old from Ipswich, who graduated in October, has created a virtual eco-therapy project using footage of Frithy Wood near Bury St Edmunds. Emily used a 360 degree camera to film six different scenes for use in a Virtual Reality (VR) headset.

Emily is keen to explore further how VR can have a beneficial effect on health and wellbeing and looking into how VR technology can improve access to gallery and museum collections.

The award from O2 includes a £500 grant to take Emily’s ‘virtual forest’ project further. She said upon receiving the award “Winning this award means I can continue my research and opens up connections and opportunities to collaborate with fellow technologists and creatives. I first started working with virtual reality as a student at the University of Suffolk in my final year as a BA (Hons) Fine Art student, with virtual reality anything is possible and it’s an amazing technology to work with.”

Simon Hallsworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Sciences said “Emily is an outstanding artist who consistently pushes the boundaries of her practice in her use of virtual technologies.  Her receipt of this prestigious award demonstrates just how important her innovative practice is now acknowledged to be.   We are immensely proud of her.”


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