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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!

Unnatural Borders: Endangered Species in The City

By on March 31, 2017

Ever seen a polar bear at the tram stop? What about a whale out of water? Unnatural Borders is set to blur the lines between nature and the built environment through the installation of 4 huge sculptures representing endangered species at MediaCityUK. They’ll be taking residency from Saturday 20th May until Monday 29th May and brought to life when the sun sets with projection mapping technology, creating a stunning visual display.

Unnatural Borders is a Quays Culture commission by Sober Industries, a creative production company based in The Netherlands. They like to use technology in a creative way to trigger emotions and stimulate curiosity in their audiences. They’re adept with a range of different light-technology including projection mapping, LED technology and laser-cutting/engraving. Having previously worked with big brands such as Disney and MTV, we’re incredibly excited to have them on board. Check out the video below for a taste of what you can expect.

 

 

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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

Unnatural Borders: The Highlights

By on June 1, 2017

Unnatural Borders saw four gigantic sculptures take over MediaCityUK’s waterside for a total of 10 days from 20-29 May, challenging our perceptions of man-made vs natural environments and how they influence the status of endangered species. Animals from land and

Building Unnatural Borders

By on May 18, 2017

With 2 days until the launch of Unnatural Borders, it’s all hands on deck with the build. Radios are buzzing with activity, trucks are unloading materials and Sober Industries are working alongside Quays Culture and local suppliers to make the

In Conversation with Tim Boin: Sober Industries

By on April 26, 2017

With Unnatural Borders just a month away, we caught up with Tim Boin, founder and art director of Sober Industries, to get some insight into their artistic practice. Tell us about yourself and the history of Sober Industries. My name

It Takes Two: Cultural Exchange with Duet

By on March 24, 2017

Quays Culture are proud to have co-commissioned Duet, a new digital experience which facilitates cultural exchange between the UK and India. Duet officially took off on 23rd February, asking ‘What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?’ The question prompted

Looking back at Lightwaves 2016

By on February 1, 2017

In December 2016, Salford Quays and MediaCityUK became home to 9 large-scale, digital light artworks as part of Lightwaves, the UK’s biggest digital light festival. The programme was our most ambitious to date, with a brand new commission as well

Lightwaves 2016: Opening Weekend Highlights

By on November 22, 2016

With December on the horizon, Lightwaves is in its final stages of preparation before opening on the 9th December. There’s an action-packed opening weekend for you to enjoy, see below for details: Honour Choir Performance – Friday 9th December, 19:00

Quays Culture Visits: SIGNAL Festival

By on November 2, 2016

October saw the return of SIGNAL Festival in Prague. Devoted to presenting the very best in light, multimedia art and creativity, SIGNAL takes over the city with a range of indoor and outdoor installations for the duration of 4 days.