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!

Broken by Motionhouse: Dancing Through The Elements

By on August 5, 2016


On July 16th, an audience of thousands amassed on the Piazza at MediaCityUK to witness the 70 minute elemental journey that is Broken by Motionhouse. Staged for the first time ever outdoors, audiences were wowed by the strong visuals created by both the acrobatic prowess of the dancers as well as the vibrant digital backdrop which kept the quays alight as the sun set. The performance was hailed as a great success, with enthusiastic audience feedback including:

“Amazing drama, loved the digital technology mixed with physical.”

 “Beautiful, moving, atmospheric, sheer feats of strength and agility. Impressive setting at dusk, really enjoyed it.”

Presenting the show outdoors did not come without its challenges, from adverse weather during the technical setup to last-minute choreographic adaptations for the opening scene. But Motionhouse, seemingly adept at tackling nature’s extremes both onstage and off, took it all in their stride and delivered a stunning performance which audiences are unlikely to forget.

So what’s next for Quays Culture? Stay tuned for news on Lightwaves 2016, where a mix of brand-new commissions and specially selected works are set to light up the quays during December. Who said dark winter nights have to be a bad thing?

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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


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