Bring Your Own Future

HOME Slough and Close and Remote present


Bring Your Own Future was HOME Slough’s first major artist commission. This new project explored the way we see our home town through watercolours and virtual reality. 

Using Google TiltBrush, which enables users to paint extraordinary virtual worlds, and traditional watercolour paints, artists Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter aka Close and Remote workied with local people to look at the town from a fresh perspective. 

Having discovered surprising similarities between the way people paint watercolours and paint in VR, this new commission blends one of the oldest art mediums with one of the newest. Together with a core group of residents the artists created a new virtual reality experience of Slough. The team worked all over the town centre including shopping centres, supermarkets, pubs and parks to create an extraordinary virtual world made using watercolour techniques. 

With playfully creative pop-up activities this core group then shared their own learnings and experiences with members of the public with ‘Guerrilla Watercolour Actions’ with artists appearing in the most unusual places. 

The project culminated in an exhibition of work created all over Slough and was shared with the town in a final event and exhibition from 24 February - 31 March 2018. The exhibition was launched on Saturday 24 February with a day of events and activities that will takeover The Curve. With poetry workshops, painting sessions and new experiences to try - all for free.



See your town as never before.

Explore the collision of traditional watercolour painting and virtual reality in this new exhibition. Try out our Google Cardboard headsets and see new 360º views created by and with the people of Slough.

Throughout Autumn 2017 artists Close and Remote have been working with local residents to re-paint the image of Slough through watercolours and the world of virtual reality.  This new exhibition takes you from watercolour streets to a new 360º vision of Slough.


Explore our 360º tour on your phone here

Take a sneak peek at the artwork in our gallery here



A mission to find a new poem for Slough! To celebrate the exploration of new visions of Slough HOME Slough held a poetry competition to find a new poem for Slough.

Elizabeth Uter’s poem ‘Slough Homecoming’ was announced winner of our ‘Bring Your Own Future’ poetry competition.

On 21 March at Empoword’s special spoken word event to celebrate World Poetry Day, judge Antosh Wojcik announced the winner and runners up for the competition, which saw over 140 entries from all ages.

The competition was open to all age groups divided and into three categories, under 12 years old; 13-18 years old; and over 18’s. The winning entry was awarded to Elizabeth Uter for her ode to Slough ‘Slough Homecoming’, with runners up Amrah Janoofar, Salma Ail and Amaan Javed.

The winning entries can be seen here.

All these fantastic poems will be preserved in print in a commemorative ‘Bring Your Own Future’ book, to come out this summer.


Watercolours, virtual reality and contributions from:

Khalid Abdullah
Close and Remote
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
Jay Younes


Visit the Bring Your Own Future website