image – Richard Dean


Bring Your Own Future is an analogue adventure in virtual reality. Working with the people of Slough, Close and Remote (Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter) have sloshed watercolour paints in a virtual reality Slough, using Google Tilt Brush and Windsor & Newton alizarin crimson (amongst other colours).

Through a series of action based sessions they have worked with a core group of Slough watercolour and VR enthusiasts to explore watercolour through virtual reality and virtual reality through watercolour, bringing about New Ways of Looking at Slough. They worked in shopping centres, supermarkets, pubs and parks. The skilled up core group spread their learning through ‘Guerrilla Watercolour Actions’ (outdoor painting sessions in the city centre) inviting the public to come on board for the ride.

The resulting work, both physical and temporal, is now being shared with the town in a final event and exhibition at The Curve, Slough, during February and March 2018.



Close and Remote, working with the residents group (see names below), have used open source software, a-frame, to create a virtual reality 360° watercolour journey through Slough town centre, complete with atmospheric sound recorded at each location.

The journey can be viewed on your smartphone with or without a cardboard virtual reality viewer. It can also be viewed on your desktop, tablet or using HTC Vive VR headset.

The journey features 360° watercolours by Close and Remote and a series of click-through watercolour ‘buttons’ by members of the group (Khalid Abdullah, Sharmina Haq, Jules Lowe, Andreas Schneider).

Just load the web address into your browser (no app needed!) and enjoy! Click on the link below or click on the 360 Journey menu item above.



Viewing on desktop:

  • Wait for loading bar to complete (a few seconds)
  • Click anywhere on the screen
  • Click and drag to view the image, sound will be playing
  • Drag red circle cursor over the watercolour ‘buttons’ and when the cursor is green click to move to next scene.

View on your smartphone with a cardboard viewer:

  • Tap the goggles icon on bottom right of your screen
  • Turn phone on its side and place within the viewer
  • Move the headset round 360° to view whole scene
  • Where headphones for the best sound experience
  • Hover the red circle cursor over the watercolour ‘buttons’ and when the cursor is green click button at side of your cardboard viewer to move to next scene.

Close and Remote would like to thank Rich Hall for adapting and improving the a-frame code for the 360° Watercolour Journey through Slough city centre.



Jules Lowe (left), Sharmina Haq (right)



Close and Remote would like to thank all the members of the Bring Your Own Future Watercolour and VR Group for all their hard work, and for creating a joyful and supportive peer learning environment for all involved:

Khalid Abdullah, Teresa Davis, Richard Dean, Jillian Derbyshire, Piers Gledhill, Sharmina Haq, Gurlina Heer, Jules Lowe, Andreas Schneider, Anousha Sengupta Gledhill, Maya Sengupta Gledhill, Papri Sengupta, Corneliu Vasluianu and Jay Younes.

You can also view a  360° watercolour virtual reality gallery by the group at – 



Andreas Schneider (left), Jillian Derbyshire (right)


Teresa Davies (left), Jules Lowe (right)




Bring Your Own Future is a Close and Remote project commissioned by HOME Slough.