Immerse Conference 2019

For artists, creatives, educators and students.

Learn & Create. Experiment, Ideate & Collaborate.

At Immerse Conf.2019 you’ll enjoy two action-packed days of hands-on Art + Tech Masterclasses, where you’ll learn from world-class digital creatives how to use Augmented & Virtual Reality tools to breathe life into your products, 2D artworks or immerse visitors in a 3D experience of your creation.

Then, at Jam Creative Hack Day, you’ll test-drive your new immersive skills in a team to experiment, ideate and collaborate on an immersive project. Teams will create a Proof of Concept in one day!

Who will attend?

Sunshine Coast and Noosa-based 2D and 3D artists, creatives, filmmakers, makers, local educators in Visual Art, Digital/New Media, STEM, STEAM, high school and University students (age 16+ unless accompanied by adult attendee for program duration). Immerse conference invites those interested in exploring how their creative practice can be extended and experienced in Virtual or Augmented Reality.

Why attend?

3D and immersive art are already in-demand skillsets and the demand for 3D and immersive content is growing fast. There are huge creative possibilities for artists and creatives to work in visual arts, screen (film/TV), live performance, sound, games and interactive entertainment, education, training and simulations, advertising and marketing, e-commerce. Creatives who develop these skills will be able to collaborate on exciting projects locally, nationally and internationally - based in the Sunshine Coast / Noosa region.

See the full program



21-22 September 2019


The Learning Hub
St Andrew's Anglican College
Peregian Springs
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Hack Day


28 September 2019


CQUniversity, Noosa
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Produced by

Noosa Council
Noosa Council

Conference - Art + Tech Masterclasses

21-22 September

Two action-packed days for you to learn and create, led by three world-class 3D creatives and supported by three Teaching Assistants. By the end of the weekend, you’ll walk away with know-how in 3D and immersive visual art, animation, sculpting, You’ll know how to plan and build an immersive project, working in a collaborative team. You and your team will have created a solid AR or VR application / experience you can continue to build upon, use in a pitch or use as a reference.

Jam Creative Hack Day

28 September

Test-drive your new immersive skills! Immerse conference participants + additional experienced 3D creatives who can ‘add value’ to teams (eg. tech, sound, coders, filmmakers, game developers) will come together to build an immersive Proof of Concept (PoC) in one day!

Each team will receive a professional constructive critique of their POC. An opportunity for presentation at a Sunshine Coast public event in 2020 will be offered to the most resolved / appropriate POC (including $5k development funding).


The Facilitators

World class specialists pushing the boundaries of what's possible in VR and AR.


Helena Papageorgiou

Video Producer, Animator, Projection artist and Illustrator

Helena Papageorgiou (HP_SecondVariety) is an animator, art director, motion designer, and projection artist. She creates music videos, live visuals and uses augmented reality within her works to explore the integration of multiple platforms to display a post-production wonderland. Her work incorporates various stylistic mediums from film, collage, motion design, 2D and 3D animation to convey a sense of visual immersion. Her music videos have been recognised both locally and internationally with award winning commendations.

Her projects include creating visuals for festival events such as Splendour in the Grass 19, Goovin’ the Moo, Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Geelong After Dark, BIGSOUND, End of the Line and more.

More recently, Helena has curated [In]Place as part of Sunshine Coast’s ‘Horizon Festival 2019’ to work with local visual artists and transform their work into interactive motion experiences using Augmented Reality to create an immersive art trail around Nambour.


Charles Henden

Immersive Technologist & Studio Founder

Charles Henden has been a software engineer and lead programmer in the entertainment industry for over ten years contributing to a diverse range of video game titles from movie licensed party games, through AAA franchise shooters and next gen sports simulations. Charles recently founded VISITOR, a studio that invites you to explore creative offerings in performance art, storytelling, organisational intelligence and automated cinematography. Through his collaboration with Sutu, he has received a Sundance fellowship for explorations in the VR storytelling space. Charles will tell us how storytellers can blend the disciplines of film, game development, live performance and animation to create new immersive art forms.


Craig Bowler

Art Director and Studio co-founder

Interactive art director and technician possessed by the capabilities of the VR revolution. His skill set has been forged from leading art teams across numerous Mobile, PlayStation, Xbox and PC titles. Craig has a passion for building active, engaging worlds and delivering them to audiences on stage, screen and head-mounted display.

As co-founder of VISITOR Craig has delivered fantastical multi-player, multi-language experiences, non-linear VR storyscapes, photo-real 3D environments and rich simulation. Since establishment, he has released VR documentaries and applications to international audiences, installed permanent exhibits at ACMI and Queensland Museum, showcased immersive film production as a delegate at the Cannes and Tribeca film festivals and explored performance capture solutions by leveraging open source and consumer technology.


The Venues

A state of the art venue for Learning, Arts and Technology.

The Learning Hub
St. Andrew's Anglican College
40 Peregian Springs Drive
Peregian Springs, QLD 4573

Map & Directions

Venue opens for registration at 9:00am
Conference begins 9:30am sharp

CQ University's Noosa Campus

CQ Uni, Noosa
90 Goodchap St
Noosaville QLD 4566

Map & Directions

Venue opens for registration at 9:00am
Conference begins 9:30am sharp

Your ticket to learning valuable new skills

Create Noosa is a not-for-profit organisation. Ticket proceeds go to covering the costs of our fantastic presenters and the delicious lunch on offer each day.

I was lucky enough to attend Immerse 2018 and came away inspired by the possibilities showcased by those amazing presenters. This event promises to be even better.

Adam B
Noosa Artist


$16-$95 60 PLACES ONLY
  • 2 x Delicious lunches
  • World class presenters
  • 2 days of hands-on masterclasses
  • Use of VR/AR hardware and software
  • Creative Hack Day to experiment and collaborate on a project
  • Invitation to Immerse networking party
Ticket Booking

Immerse 2019 is produced by:

createNoosa Noosa Council Noosa Council

Proudly supported by:

St Andrews Institute of Learning CQ University HTC Vive

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Noosa Council and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in Regional Queensland.