Youth Augmented Reality Storytelling Project

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Are you a young person (15-25) who was affected by the June 2021 storm in the Yarra Ranges?

Would you like to share your story as part of an exciting new Augmented Reality art project and exhibition?

Yarra Ranges Council has teamed up with UNSW to deliver an augmented reality (AR) project that will showcase AR stories developed by a diverse range of young people from the Yarra Ranges community who were impacted by the June 2021 storms. 

By being part of this project you'll get to: 

  • Be an ambassador for your community.
  • Work with experts in a supportive environment to develop your story, focusing on what you would like others to know about how this event changed you and your community.
  • Have your story featured in an exhibition at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum as part of a major arts and mental health festival, The Big Anxiety.
  • Your story will be part of the broader Hard Place/Good Place research project, a ground-breaking arts and mental health project by the fEEL lab team at University of NSW.

Once involved you'll need to:

  • Meet one-on-one or in a small group setting with a therapist to share and develop your story at either Burrinja Cultural Centre or Yarra Ranges Regional Museum (maximum 3 hours in June-July).
  • One or two site visits to a local place relevant to your story with the UNSW team and YRC council staff for audio recording of the stories and 3D scanning of the site/objects. This is expected to take a maximum of three hours on 23 or 24 July.
  •  Informed consent processes (you or your guardian if you’re under 18 signing a couple of forms).

How to get involved: 

For more info, questions and to get involved, please contact: Jessica Adams, Recovery Officer at or call 03 9294 6866 / 0419 569 490. 
Please note, places are limited, so if you’re interested please contact us ASAP!

The Program will be run by: 

Hugh Martin - Therapist

Hugh Martin is a therapist who specialises in working with young people and their worries and problems. Hugh is down-to-earth, curious and incredibly real and he makes sure that the people he works with feel safe, heard and understood. When he's not working, Hugh enjoys going bush, seeing live music and spending time with his teenage children. Before studying and training to become a therapist, Hugh worked in the media as a journalist both here in Australia and overseas.   

Jill Bennett – Creative Director

Jill Bennett is Founding Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts and of The Big Anxiety Festival. The Big Anxiety – festival of people + art + science, a research-driven, mental health festival, won ‘Best New Event’ at the Australian Event Awards in its inaugural year, 2017 In 2019 she co-curated (with Bec Dean) The Empathy Clinic as part of The Big Anxiety. For more information about Jill Scientia Professor Jill Bennett | UNSW Research

Volker Kuchelmeister – Designer & Cinematographer 

Volker Kuchelmeister has worked extensively in cinematography, interactive narrative, experimental imaging, spatial mapping, interactive systems, immersive visualisation and in the performing arts while exploring and exploding the boundaries of the cinematic image. For more information about Volker Mr Volker Kuchelmeister | UNSW Research

Hard Place/Good Place: Yarra Ranges exhibition date

An exhibition will be held from September to November of the work undertaken and is an opportunity to raise awareness in the broader community of the storm experience in the Yarra Ranges through each individual's personal story. 

WhenWednesday 28 September  – Sunday 27 November 2022

Where: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

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