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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!

Announcing: SHINE Artists

By on July 21, 2017

After shortlisting and interviews, we are delighted to announce that we will be presenting work from 4 emerging artists at Lightwaves 2017 through the SHINE Programme in collaboration with Light Night Leeds. Artists include:

Brink Dance Company and Howl Creative

A collaborative installation piece combining live dance performance with projection (digital and physical worlds), looking at the theme of escapism. 

Kira Zhigalina

Immersive interactive installation called ‘Symbiosis’, which visualises breathing. Sensors in the work pick up participants’ breathing rates and this is converted into a digital representation through LEDs.

Naifei Wu

Storyteller #2 is an installation made up of robots which have been programmed to interact with audiences and tell local stories of people from Salford. 

Will Hurt

Abstract Playground AP3 is part video game, part musical instrument, allowing audiences to reconfigure an iconic building at The Quays, playing with a geometric design to create their own digital version of the physical form.

Each artist will receive a bespoke training package as well as mentoring and support during installation. It’s going to be a fantastic learning curve as they develop their practice and a unique opportunity to show their work in an outdoor setting. Stay tuned for further details.

Laiki #5 by Edyta Masior at Lightwaves 2016. Image c/o ShortForm

Unnatural Borders Art Competition

By on July 11, 2017

As part of Unnatural Borders in May, Quays Culture ran a Greater Manchester-wide art competition which saw groups from across the boroughs visit MediaCityUK to interpret the sculptures in their chosen medium. We saw some fantastic work produced, which went

Festival Visit: Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2017

By on July 7, 2017

Our Programme Manager, Laura Broome, attended GDIF last week. With an exciting mix of outdoor theatre and events on offer, Laura gives us her highlights and some insight as to how these could work here at Salford Quays. 1) VR

SHINE Selection

By on June 23, 2017

Quays Culture’s Producer, Lucy Dusgate, gives us the run-down of her visit to Leeds for the SHINE Emerging Artist Programme interviews SHINE is an art commissioning programme in partnership with Light Night Leeds aimed at supporting emerging artists in creating

Drawing the Endangered

By on June 2, 2017

Greater Manchester groups get creative during Unnatural Borders During the run of Unnatural Borders, our latest exhibition at MediaCityUK, art groups from across Greater Manchester took part in a borough-wide competition, interpreting the sculptures in their medium of choice. We