Shared Spaces is a three-year project of the University of Saskatchewan Art Galleries & Collection exploring how Augmented Reality (AR) can create opportunities for connection through art, both by making art accessible anywhere through approaches such as digital 3D sculptures and by providing additional content that is often personal in nature. Employing user-centred and service design methodologies, we have been learning from partner communities across Saskatchewan their needs and desires related to the arts and are leveraging our relationships with multiple departments at the University of Saskatchewan to design a new digital service for the arts in response, with acute focus on the presence of Indigenous and other often excluded voices. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
This website provides a digital process book for Shared Spaces. It is intended to serve as both an archive, chronicling and sharing some of the knowledge we have gained consulting with artists and audience across the province, and as a resource describing our design process, with the intention that this can contribute to greater capacity for design practice within Saskatchewan. The sections of our website describe our design methodology, the user research we have conducted employing this methodology, and the development process we have undertaken in response. Additionally, we are developing a guide for IP and copyright to support artists when sharing their work digitally.
Learn How To Create Augmented Reality Art
We are offering a free, 6-week course on how to create 3D sculptures and upload them to our augmented reality app. We will demonstrate how to build 3D models using the creation software Blender and how to place them in AR space using the development platform Unity; both are free to download for personal use. This course is suitable for all skill levels (including those new to 3D modelling) and will provide plenty of time each week to discuss your progress, troubleshoot issues, and receive feedback from instructors and fellow participants. More information and registration is available at: https://ticketpass.events/qATH