Fiona Rourke

In parallel to the SWCTN Immersion Fellowship programme, Kaleider offered four Devon based individuals Research & Development bursaries. These bursaries were for new immersive ideas or experiences that utilise Creative Technology

Each recipient received up to a £2,000 bursary, residence at Kaleider Studios for the duration of the R&D, and mentoring in idea development, producing, funding and creative technology to support the future of their ideas.

With her Immersion microgrant, Fiona Rourke was asking questions about immersive technologies and their ability to help us communicate better. Can creative immersive technologies be used to provide meaningful experiences for children and families who face long periods of isolation in hospital? Is it possible to strengthen relationships by using creative technology as a medium for better communication and development? Can it help reinforce fundamental social and educational building blocks that may suffer during isolation and treatment?