Welcome to Quays Culture, the home of inspiring digital, interactive art at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. Here you can find out about our exciting, free participatory art projects that bring together local communities, artists pushing the boundaries of what digital art can achieve, and an illustrious group of organisations that call Salford Quays home. Please browse our site to learn more about us, our projects and how to get involved!


Calling All Emerging Digital Light and Video Artists!

By on May 20, 2016

Do you have a bright idea for a new digital light art work? Or are you in the frame of mind to shoot a new artistic film instead? Maybe you’ve even got ideas that could apply to both?

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Bill Viola of artist film, or want to follow in the footsteps of our previous digital light art commissions like Squidsoup and Mads Christensen, we’ve got the opportunity to match your inspiration and drive, helping bring your proposals to life through two brand-new strands.


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SHINE Emerging Artist Programme

£1,000 bursaries* to support the development and showcase of brand new digital light art works, run in partnership with Light Night Leeds

Deadline: 1st June 2016

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Northern Artist Film Competition

A brand new commission opportunity for northern artist film, and awards for existing films as part of our open call, co-commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection

Deadline: 1st July 2016 (new commission strand) / 2nd September 2016 (open call strand)

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Of course, these opportunities are nothing without the people who apply to them, so please help us make great art by sharing this post with your friends, family, peers, colleagues and networks!

Header image: Eclipse (2013) Producers: David Cooper and Linda Arkelian, Choreography: Linda Arkelian, Performers: Darren Devaney and Thibaut Eiferman, screened as part of Northern Artist Film Programme 2014

*Subject to Light Night Leeds receiving Arts Council Funding

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New Videos, New Accolades, New Dance Opportunities

By on April 29, 2016

What do five giant bunny rabbits, a rainbow of interactive balloons and hundreds of glow in the dark runners have in common? The answer is Quays Culture’s artistic programme! Since 2012, we have been bringing the best in cutting-edge digital technology,

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10 Incredible Changes At Salford Quays

By on April 15, 2016

Our forthcoming presentation, Broken by Motionhouse is a show that examines our precarious relationship with the earth; the dancers leap and scramble for safety, navigating the cracks of a world where nothing is ever as it seems.  The land of Salford


Spring Forward at Quays Culture!

By on April 1, 2016

Whilst we may have lost an hour in bed, we’ve also gained an extra hour of light in the evenings, meaning winter is officially well and truly behind us (even if it is still a bit cold and drizzly). With the

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APERTURE Exhibition Opens Today

By on March 7, 2016

Today sees the launch of APERTURE: Greater Manchester Media Art Exhibition at University of Salford, MediaCityUK, featuring the work of ten exceptional artists from across Greater Manchester, all nominated by local cultural organisations. On Wednesday 2nd of March, we held a

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Just Over One Week Until APERTURE Launches

By on February 25, 2016

It’s nearly ‘lights, camera, action’ time for APERTURE: Greater Manchester Media Arts Exhibition, which opens on Monday 7th March 2016 at University of Salford Foyer. Featuring the work of ten artists from across Greater Manchester, the work is predictably diverse

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Quays Culture Visit Lux Helsinki & Amsterdam Light Festival

By on January 25, 2016

At the beginning of this month, Lucy and I took a trip to Helsinki and Amsterdam with the Lighting Up The North network, to visit other European light festivals and meet our peers from across the world. There are a

‘Come and Go’ Comes To The Lowry Studio Theatre

By on January 15, 2016

by Laura Broome; Programme Manager After twelve months of discussions and R&D, a prototype of Rose Butler’s new digital installation, Come and Go, is ready for audiences. The work will be shown this Saturday (16th January) at The Lowry Studio

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‘Come and Go’ interactive installation launches at the Lowry on 16th January 2016

By on January 7, 2016

‘Come and Go’ by Rose Butler, in collaboration with Alexander Whitley Come and Go shows the launch of a new prototype which takes the Serpentine dance as its reference to consider a shift in point of view from one which is on the


Lightwaves 2015 Lights Up Salford Quays

By on December 21, 2015

It’s been an action-packed week since the launch of Lightwaves 2015 on Saturday 12th December. With the three temporary installations established within their Salford Quays base and attracting admiring audiences from afar, let’s take a moment to recap on all the