Step inside the brilliant and troubled mind of Van Gogh in the latest 360-degree immersive experience in Belfast.
We were invited down to Carlisle Memorial Church to check out Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.
You can expect replicas of some of the Dutch mastermind’s most famous works, including ‘Sunflowers’, ‘Starry Night Over the Rhône’, and ‘Bedroom in Arles’, to name a few.
Next, you step into a 360-degree immersive experience which consists of a 45-minute projection of Gogh’s finest works.
Finish off the experience with a VR insight into the artist’s mind, where you are given a walkthrough of the inspiration behind some of the artwork. Read on to find out all about the experience.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – an insight into an artist’s brilliant and troubled mind
When you first enter the experience, you will be able to read lots of information about Vincent van Gogh, his beginnings, and his troubled life.
Replicas of many of his pieces are available to view while orchestral music accompanies you on your journey through the artwork.
You can expect to see some of his most famous works that you’ll recognise, like ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’, but you’ll also see many artworks that you might not have seen before, including self-portraits of the artist.
The bit everybody talks about – the immersive experience
The immersive experience that everybody talks about is the show-stopper of the exhibition. The room is filled with projectors displaying Van Gogh’s famous artworks.
You are invited to sit on one of the deck chairs laid out in the room to really soak in the experience, which lasts around 45 minutes.
The images move and flow before your eyes, changing from one piece of art to the next. The images move in canon to display the next painting in a 360-degree roll around the room.
The beauty of the images is also portrayed on the faces of those taking in the experience, thanks to the 360-degree nature of the exhibit.
A virtual reality insight into Van Gogh’s mind – the inspiration behind the paintings
Once you leave the immersive projection room, you are invited to partake in colouring in or creating your own Van Gogh-inspired painting.
When you’re finished, you can scan your image, and it will be projected on a screen for fellow visitors to see.
If you want to take part in the VR experience, you’ll sit down and be set up with a VR headset where you can enjoy an insight into the mind of Van Gogh and the inspiration behind some of his works.
This gives you an entirely different perspective than simply looking at the paintings on their own.
This part of the experience is not recommended for anyone with conditions such as epilepsy, pregnancy, or those prone to motion sickness.
You will end the experience in the gift shop, where there are posters, pens, glasses cases, umbrellas, and so much more to take home as a souvenir from your experience. You can get tickets for the Van Gogh experience in Belfast here.
Address: Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast BT13 1AB