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!


What Is It Like To Dance With Motionhouse?

By on June 24, 2016

Dance is a challenging career to pursue but there are incredible rewards to be had, one of which has to be working with Motionhouse, one of the most successful, UK-based dance theatre companies of the past 30 years. That’s the position Martina Bussi finds herself in today.


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Martina was born in Torino (Italy) and began dancing at early age, studying ballet and modern at Centro Danza Arkè under the direction of Matilde De Marchi and Annagrazia D’Antico. In 2006 she moved from Italy to the UK, where she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in 2008, followed shortly afterwards by an MA in Performance in 2010.

Life as a dancer with Motionhouse is busy with workshops, rehearsals and tours throughout the year, which is why we were extra grateful for Martina taking a few minutes out to tell us about what excites her most about dance, digital, outdoors performance and coming to visit us here at MediaCityUK. Watch the interview below.

Have any thoughts on things the dancers should see and do at MediaCityUK? Are you excited about seeing Motionhouse in July? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts, or connect with us on social media, using the hashtag #brokenquays at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Meet The Man Who Makes JCB Diggers Dance

By on June 3, 2016

Have you ever seen a JCB digger dance before? If not, you’ll love watching this short clip of Traction, which showcases the incredible artistic mind of Kevin Finnan MBE, Artistic Director of UK dance theatre company, Motionhouse, who bring their


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


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