Ocean World :

Ocean World : Interactive AR Projection Mapping at the Dronfield Arts Festival 2019

Dronfield Arts Festival. An Interactive Immersive AR Projection with 3D spatial sensors.

I’m just beginning to put the next show together. I’ve had it in my head for a while to make the installations more interactive, so here’s the teaser trailer. The blue wave is produced using a spatial IR camera which responds to the distance the object or person is away from the sensor. It is more useful because it can eliminate backgrounds from a live feed rather than having to do it in post production.

The whole space will become an underwater wonder. With whales and fish swimming across the walls, coral reefs with sea creatures created by the community coming to life in real time. The floor will ripple like water and sound will fill the space and suspended lanterns will be lit with projections. There might even be a sharks.

The Production

Hanging Boots Creative and Dronfield Arts Festival



Join in a magical artwork that changes over time. Ignite your creative spark in our exciting and immersive digital universe. Let the interactive artworks inspire your imagination on every visit, opening up a world of playful possibilities through the adventure of exploration and creativity. Using state of the art technology your artworks will be re-presented in interactive Light installations in the Peel Centre during the Dronfield Arts Festival making it a unique experience and time for you to take part in creating beautiful and amazing living artworks.

For the 2019 Dronfield Arts Festival John Sutcliffe of Hanging Boots Creative has created a collection of art installations and interactive projections for adults and children. It is an invitation to have fun, play and to explore, but also to reflect on our own position relative to the natural world. It is a place where art and technology meet: a realisation of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous maxim “everything connects”. John is keen to involve communities in creating artwork

Ocean Worldis organised into 3 themes. Reef Wall, Wave, and Living Lanterns, each of which uses cutting edge technology to create constantly evolving environments, which visitors of all ages are invited to enter and explore. As the artworks change with each interaction, each visit to Ocean World will be uniquely different. The exhibition will also grow and transform over time, with new artworks created by the public adding richness to this stunning digital world.


Children and adults are invited to draw and paint images of fish and corals and place them onto the Reef Wall, a developing artwork where they are individually lit using state of the art projection mapping techniques in a 3D environment to create a huge living artwork where colours and patterns move across the fish and corals, creating a dazzling animated scene. We are encouraged to learn about the delicate balance of life in the ocean reef and how the corals and creatures interact with one another and how human activity is changing the ocean.


Lanterns made in schools and at workshops (see https://www.dronfieldhallbarn.org/events/?tribe-bar-date=2019-04 ) in the community based on the undersea theme for the festival parade will be displayed in the Peel Centre. They are lit using LED lighting and act as individual screens for moving projections to make them come to life in their undersea world.

Workshops are being conducted throughout March and April 2019 where you able to make your own Lantern for the exhibition and Ocean World Exhibition. Schools and community groups are being invited to join in. If you wish to take part, please contact Dronfield Arts Festival ….


A space where interactive 3D cameras track your movements and represent them within the moving ocean waves becoming particles of bubbles and water affecting the movement of water on the screens in the space. We are invited to reflect and meditate on our interaction to create beautiful motion graphics within the space.

Enjoy taking part in this interactive installation where you control the movement of waves and splash around in the digital water. Combining the elegant and beauty of traditional Japanese Art with contemporary scientific data taken from your movements in the space this poetic rendition of nature invites visitors to contemplate their place in the force of nature. 

Conceived and created by by John Sutcliffe of Hanging Boots Creative

Partners : Dronfield Arts Festival, Bracken Media, Hillside AV – Audio – Video –  Lighting, Dronfield Hall Barn (formerly in association with English Heritage

Hanging Boots Creative    ART    –    LIGHT   –   EDUCATION 

HBC is a developing innovative visual arts group, using augmented reality technologies and traditional art materials to tell stories and create learning experiences in collaboration with the local community and the retail sector. A former teacher and creative lead John Sutcliffe is known for his use of innovative technology as a medium for art, creating digital projected installations and animations (as artist in Residence) for Dronfield Hall Barn and the Dronfield Arts Festival, and community arts classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. He is known for his photographic installations, paintings of Derbyshire and animal prints. He is the creative lead for the Dronfield Lantern Parades.

Digital works include Primavera Calling, Elementa and a multi faceted installation Elemental which included a light projection on the exterior walls of Dronfield Hall Barn and photographic installation. 

John has exhibited at The New Art Gallery Walsall, performed illustrated poetic Thickening the shadows at the  Tate Liverpool, exhibited and performed The Thickness of Shadows at the Centre for Fine Arts Research, Birmingham School of Art (BCU.

He leads professional development for art and digital projection mapping in schools. 

John has prints and paintings for sale at Abode, Chesterfield Rd Dronfield and is exhibiting his paintings in the Gallery at Dronfield Hall Barn throughout the weekend.

If you are interested in booking HBC for your exhibition, school, parties or exploring how these technologies can be used in a retail / business environment. 

Please contact HBC through 

johnsutcliffeart@gmail.com   http://www.johnsutcliffeart.com. 

Regular ‘traditional’ art classes in drawing, painting and sculpture are available throughout school term times, bookable through Dronfield Hall Barn.

Children must be supervised at all times in all areas.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and hope you will visit it many times during the weekend.