Our Story

Art and Science

ARtefactVR is the result of a collection of thoughts around the existence of art and equally, of science – the philosophy that there cannot be one without the other, that the art of science and the science of art, just IS.

Humankind is perpetually balancing on the precipice of time and space. We’re outsiders with respect to one another: either maker, mimicker and teacher, or listener, watcher and student. Have we succeeded in truly experiencing each other’s version of the existence of art or science, before now?

Forms of expression have evolved into new mediums like virtual reality and augmented reality. These technologies help us to immerse ourselves in the expression of that which needs to be expressed. If we are in it, we can interact with it; this is the concept of the metaverse. Now we now can be insiders.


Along the continuum that is the art of science and the science of art, ARtefactVR is creating immersive experiences to transmute outsiders to insiders. We extend the here and there and then and now, into the metaverse.

About the Founder

Julie Driver is an information technology generalist, photographer, family historian, and immersive experience creator. She’s fascinated by creative process and its significance in artistic practice and scientific innovation. Dedicated to making art and tangible/intangible heritage universally accessible, her company ARtefactVR incubated in the Queen’s University innovation ecosystem. Julie’s always learning something new and is currently focused on building a mixed reality community in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Connect with her because:

  • “I have an idea for an immersive experience, could you create it for me?”
  • “I’m building an immersive app in Unity, could you help me with the models and design?”
  • “I need a speaker or demo for my event.”

Contact her, hire her, or tell her your secrets.


Toasterlab Mixed Reality Performance Hackathon (June 2020)

MIT Reality Hack (January 2020)

Hack4Heritage (October 2019)

OCE Discovery Conference Toronto, ON (May 2019)

iON Kingston – Interactive Digital Media Exhibition & Presentation (October 2018)

Mixed Reality Developer Summit Microsoft, Redmond, WA (August 2018)

San Francisco’s Lit! San Francisco, CA (February 2018)

HoloDeveloper Summit, Microsoft, Redmond, WA (February 2018)

Kingston Canadian Film Festival Digial Media Showcase, Kingston, ON (2017)


Market Exploration Award Winners at OCE Discovery 2019 (May 2019)

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2018 (October 2018)

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards Innovation Award Nominee (September 2018)

What is Virtual Reality? Everything You Wanted to Know Featuring Exclusive Interviews With the Leaders of the VR Industry (July 2018)

Digital Strategy Fund 2017 Competition Results (May 2018)

Unity-Microsoft HoloLens Contest Winners List (2017)

List of Female Founders in Emerging Tech (2017)

10 Questions with Julie Driver (2017)