In the winter term of 2020, Carleton University’s Bachelor of Media Production and Design course, MPAD 2002: Visual Communications 2, partnered with the National Art Centre (NAC) and Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) to create a digital storytelling exhibition focusing on the visual artwork in the NAC. In groups of four, students researched and developed a digital narrative focusing on the history, artist, and meaning of a given artwork displayed through a physical exhibition at the end of the term.

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the closure of most public institutions in Ottawa and switched university instruction to an online format, the final project was modified to be an online exhibition. Groups changed their plans to be accessible through a computer. Project scopes were adjusted to accommodate lacking documentation and material no longer able to be obtained. The result is an impressive seven digital narratives focusing on prominent artwork in the NAC. Projects include a combination of video documentaries, audio features, animations, visual components, and augmented reality.

Scroll down and access the different projects below.


Through the Doors explores the large metallic salon doors on the first floor of the National Art Centre (NAC) and its artist, Jordi Bonet’s, life. The project combines hand-drawn animations and video to focus on the unique textural and monochromatic style of the artwork while diving into the short life of its creator.


Meredith’s Journey is a three-part interactive audio tour that allows you to both hear and experience a narrative of John Meredith’s 1969 untitled triptych located in the National Art Centre (NAC). The tour focuses on the movement of artwork within the NAC while exploring the history of the artwork and artist.


Julien Hébert’s designed the Fountain in communication with the National Art Centre’s architect, Fred Lebensold, ensuring the artwork interweaves with the architecture. This project combines web design, podcast, and augmented reality for an interactive and audible experience that explores the creation of the artwork and history of the artist.


Located in five stairwells of the National Art Centre (NAC), William Martin’s untitled glass chandelier sculptures have become a vital element of the building. The documentary film explores the artist and the creation of the artwork, the public’s opinion and interaction with it, and the damage and maintenance of the piece over time.


The interactive website explores the artist and history of Oonark’s tapestry residing currently in the National Art Centre (NAC). The project uses a combination of video, interactive clickable media, and a timeline to increase people’s awareness of Inuit and Aboriginal culture and art in Canada and at the NAC.

Note: to view the video on the front page, click the play bar at the bottom of the video.


As the last piece commissioned for the opening of the National Art Centre (NAC), a Given Number of Owls centralizes on the theme of Canada’s identity in sports. This project, inspired by the original location of the artwork in the NAC’s bar, uses the old menu design to showcase the artist and artwork’s history while showcasing a projected video sequence onto the artwork.


This colourful project examines the creation, installation, maintenance, and alteration of the large three-storey abstract mural in the National Art Centre (NAC). Using a combination of web, documentary video, and augmented reality, the digital narrative highlights critical aspects of the painting and its creator, William Ronald, through a timeline.

Note: A newer generation Ipad or Iphone is required to access the Augmented Reality.