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LIGHTWAVES SEARCHES FOR 100 FACES AND PLACES OF GREATER MANCHESTER

By on November 9, 2017

TO ADD A SPARK OF LIGHT TO THE UK’S BIGGEST DIGITAL LIGHT FESTIVAL

Quays Culture is looking for the people of Greater Manchester to be part of its annual digital light festival, Lightwaves 2017, at Salford Quays: Home of MediaCityUK this December 8th to 17th.

Collaborating with lighting legends of the North, Blackpool Illuminations, a suspended structure will light up Salford Quays, portraying 100 faces and places of Greater Manchester. Quays Culture is calling on people from each of the county’s boroughs, including Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan to capture 10 images from each of the 10 boroughs, of either a face or a place.

Portraits can include anyone from family and friends, young and old, to shop owners and notable figures, from the famed to the unknown. And ‘places’ could capture anything from a special street, architecture, schools, iconic building, and landmark attraction in the area. These stills will be illuminated to create a visual story of each borough, through its inhabitants and locations.

The people of Greater Manchester can enter up to three digital images each (not prints) images should be of a good quality (300 Dpi minimum), and the person submitting the image/s should ensure they have permission from the person in the portrait to use their image*. Images should be sent direct to art@quaysculture.com Deadline date for submissions is 06th November 2017, and a panel from Quays Culture will select the images for public show.  Only successful applicants will be notified as we anticipate a high number of entries.

Quays Culture will be showcasing its exhibition, in partnership with Blackpool Illuminations, from Friday 8 December until Sunday 17 December.

Featuring in Lightwaves 2017, the UK’s biggest digital light festival, 100 Faces & Places of Greater Manchester will run alongside an impressive programme of digital light art, from local, national, and international artists, taking over public spaces for an unforgettable 10 days. #Lightwaves2017

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New Video Footage of Lightwaves Festival

By on October 24, 2017

  Did you enjoy Lightwaves 2016? See video footage of our previous years Light Festivals and then come down to our Free Lightwaves Festival 2017 from the 08th to 17th December 2017.

Winner: Darc Awards Best Light Art Scheme

By on September 18, 2017

It is always good to share exciting news. Our digital art commission HEART BEAT from Lightwaves16 just won an international DARC award. First exhibited at Salford Quays in December 2016, and since at Jerusalem Light Festival, it next goes to Sunderland Light Festival. HEART BEAT was a co-commission

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

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